Master the skills required to pass the Mathematical Reasoning module in the GED® test series. You will start off with a review of math basics and begin building the foundation you will need to solve the types of math problems commonly found on the test. In the process, you will develop hands-on experience with percentages, proportions, statistics, algebra, geometry, and more.
Each lesson will give you a chance to apply your knowledge by practicing with the same kind of questions you may find on the test. By the time you finish this course, you will be much more comfortable with your math skills, and you will know how, when, and why to use each math concept you learn.
Barbara Rolston holds a master's degree. Since 1975, she has been taught GED preparatory classes in a variety of settings, including adult schools, community colleges, and large corporations. She also was responsible for administering the GED exam in a correctional facility for two years. Math experience includes tutoring community college students on a wide range of math topics and serving as a math consultant for a nationwide adult student assessment system.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Our first lesson will give you the inside look at what the GED Math Test looks like. It's important that you become acquainted with the type of questions, the answer sheet, and just what kinds of questions you'll be expected to know for this test! Today, you'll find out the major math areas that are tested and I'll also show you how to fill in the special grids on the answer sheet. Did you know that you need to know how to use a specific type of calculator? We'll discuss that calculator in this first lesson so you can practice using it throughout your math preparation.
In this lesson, you'll what I think is the single most important math concept you need to understand and master to be successful on the GED Math Test: The order of operations. Once you know the specific order in which you must do the operations--addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division--when solving math problems, you're on your way to success!
With some math concepts under your belt, you're ready to address specific strategies for solving word problems on the GED Math Test. Today, we'll also look at the formula guide provided for your use during the test. The formula guide is a great tool that students often overlook. It's a great resource and it's right in the test booklet, but you have to know how to use it!
Many GED Math books end with algebra topics. I like to introduce the algebra concepts early on so you can use algebra to help you solve other math problems. Don't panic if you've never studied any algebra, or if you think that we're starting with the most difficult topics! Understanding some beginning algebra will be a huge asset when you study all of the other math topics.
Today's topic is perhaps the most dreaded math subject of all time: Fractions. But they aren't really that bad, and there are only five things that you must be able to do with fractions on the GED: add, subtract, multiply, divide, and compare fractions. Once you know that, you'll realize that you can conquer this topic with no problem.
If you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide money amounts, then you're halfway to success with decimals. After we cover the basic operations in today's lesson, we'll explore the relationship between decimals and fractions. You may be surprised at how closely they're related!
If fractions and decimals are related, then you'll soon see that percents are part of the family, too. Today, I'll show you how they all fit together after we look at a process that will help you conquer percent problems.
Knowing about proportions can be a real lifesaver on the GED Math Test. You can use them to solve percent, geometry, algebra, and ever statistics problems. You'll even find them useful for your everyday living! You'll find out how in today's lesson. We'll also talk about statistics, which will help you understand the world of probability and measures of central tendency. These concepts may sound scary, but I'll show you how to overcome them!
Angles and triangles are some of my favorite math topics to teach, so I always look forward to this lesson. With the different shapes and sizes, the problems are like fun puzzles! I've included lots of pictures in this lesson to help you visualize the problems. You'll get to put your knowledge of proportions to work in this lesson, too.
Ever wonder how to figure out how much paint to buy to cover the walls of your living room? How about how many yards of carpet or how many feet of fence for your yard? Maybe you're lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard? How much water do you need to fill it up? You'll find out how to find the answers to all of these questions in this lesson. It's a lesson that's guaranteed to help you with problems well after you've passed the GED Math Test!
Coordinate geometry combines concepts from geometry and algebra. To answer these kinds of questions on the GED Math Test, you'll need to be able to read and plot points on a coordinate plane. So today, you'll see the actual grid that's used on the answer sheets and learn tricks that will help you to read the coordinates. You'll use a variety of the math skills that you've learned in earlier lessons today, so it's a chance to evaluate how much you've learned so far!
In our last lesson, we'll go through a quick review of solving equations as we look at a special equation called the inequality. There are a couple more formulas that are important to add to your bag of math skills, so we'll conclude the course with a look at scientific notation and some test-taking tips.