Test taking strategies

General Tips

The GED tests are done completely on a computer, except for student with disabilities who are required and allowed to take the tests in a paper-based format. Let’s take a look at paper-based testing now. Also here, the scores on your GED® exam are based exclusively on how many of the test’s questions you answered correctly, and you can only benefit if you answer all questions.

Candidates should not be spending too much of the given time on each individual question, so if you don’t know an answer you best mark that answer that seemed to be best in the first place. If you mark two answers for a question, you will not receive any credit for that specific question. For each question, just one answer may be marked, there is always just one correct answer to each individual question.

Please be sure that your marks on the answer sheets completely fill the circles and are dark. The multiple choice questions on your Writing Skills answer sheet have large bubbles that surround smaller white bubbles, ans you only need to fill the smaller white bubbles.

You should not be making any stray marks on your answer sheets, and if you erase anything, you should do so completely, and please check if every circle you marked on your answer sheets is corresponding with that question’s number to your answer choice.

Tips for Testing Within the Time Limits

The GED exam’s time limits are usually sufficient and set in a way that at least 85 percent of all GED test takers can complete the tests comfortably. Using a uniformed time limits model allows GED Testing Service to make sure that all candidates are given exactly the same chance to perform well on the GED test, whenever and wherever they are administered.

The Chief Examiner will be posting each test’s starting and ending time. Test takers are required to take good notice of the time and be required to turn in their test materials when the allotted time is over. Many examinees are encountering time limit difficulties on the Science and Social Studies tests.

Tips for the Mathematics Test

The GED Math (Mathematical Reasoning) includes two parts. A calculator is available on your computer screen and can be used on Part 2 of the test. In Part 1 you cannot use the calculator. Test takers are allowed to bring a TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator for section 2 of the GED® Math test, but again, only on part 2, and they can just as well use the on-screen calculator that’s available to all students.

Part 1 includes five questions and test takers can freely move between these five questions. Before they can move on to part 2 of the Math exam, though, they are required to complete this part 1 of the test and submit all answers to these five questions. This prevents then from using the on-screen calculator or the one the y brought with them.

Part 1 and 2 of the GED Math exam are not timed separately. Students can decide how much of the total allowed time they will spend on completing the non-calculator Part 1 and the calculator Part 2. The total time they have to deal with both sections is 115 minutes, almost two hours.

The GED Math sub-test is covering subject fields like: Number Sense and Number Operations, for some 20 to 30 percent; Geometry and   Measurement, for some 20 to 30 percents; Statistics, Probability, and Data Analysis, for 20 to 30 percent; and Algebra, Functions, and Patterns, also for 20 to 30 percent.


You don’t need to memorize all sorts of math formulas, as you will be provided a Formula Reference sheet to calculate all sorts of answers on testing day.

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