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What You Will Learn

- Learn the types of questions you will see on the math portion of the GED® test
- Learn basic math concepts and problem solving techniques
- Review and practice fractions, decimals, and percentages
- Learn math laws and rules for computations you will perform on the test
- Learn that language of algebra, write algebraic sentences and solve equations and inequalities
- Learn to locate points on a grid and write equations for lines
- Learn to figure area and perimeter
- Compute the volume and surface area of solid objects
- Learn how to solve problems related to statistics
- Look at graphs that you will encounter in several modules of the GED® test
- Learn test-taking tips, how to register for the test and schedule your test

How the course is taught

- Instructor-led or self-paced online course
- 6-12 weeks to complete
- 24 course hours

How you will benefit

- Review and master basic math skills and build a foundation you will need to solve all types of problems found on the GED® test
- Be prepared and confident to take the GED® test

Getting to Know the Test

The first lesson will help you become acquainted with the kinds of questions you'll see on the math portion of the GED® test. Did you know that you'll need to use a specific type of calculator? You'll also look at some basic math concepts and problem solving techniques that you can use throughout the course.

Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Fractions are the first skills that everyone forgets after leaving school. This lesson focuses on the basics of fractions, decimals, and percentages you'll need in order to prepare for the GED® math module. This lesson is intense, but those skills will most likely come back to you quickly.

Aunt Sally and the Rules of Math

Math laws and rules set the stage for the computations you'll perform in future lessons and on the math part of the GED® test. You'll find out how Aunt Sally will help you remember the order of operations, and you'll learn to write large numbers and small numbers without using dozens of zeros. You'll also find out the rules for adding negative numbers, so you'll never find your bank balance overdrawn.

Algebra Expressions

When you see test directions that tell you, "Solve for n," do you get nervous? In Lesson 4, you'll learn some terms that are used in algebra, including "variable" and "coefficient," and you'll find out how to simplify complicated expressions and solve problems. This lesson covers the basics of algebra and includes lots of practice to ensure that you understand those basics. Algebra isn't as scary as you might think!

Equations and Inequalities

This lesson is all about equations. First you'll learn the language of algebra, and then you'll write algebra sentences. From there, you'll move on to solving equations and inequalities.

Quadratic Equations

Everything you need to know about quadratic equations for the GED® test is in this lesson. You'll cover the greatest common factor, factoring, and the FOIL procedure. By the time you're done, you'll be confidently solving quadratic equations.

Using a Coordinate Grid

In Lesson 7, you'll put your algebra skills to work as you create lines on a coordinate grid. You'll locate points on a grid and then write equations for lines. By the end of the lesson, you'll know what slope is and how to figure out the steepness of a line.

Plane Figures and Angles

Lesson 8 includes math that you can use in your home improvement projects as well as on the GED® test. Need to paint or carpet a room? How about building a new fence for your yard? You'll learn how to figure the area and perimeter of all kinds of shapes.

Solid Geometry: The Third Dimension

Lesson 9 adds a third dimension to the plane objects in the previous lesson. You'll learn to compute the volume and surface area of solid objects, including prisms, spheres, pyramids, and cylinders.

Statistics: What Are the Odds?

Statistics will help you excel on the math, social studies, and science parts of the GED® test. In this lesson, you'll learn about permutations and combinations as well as measures of central tendency and probability. The lesson may not help you win the lottery, but it will prepare you for questions related to statistics!

Word Problems

Lesson 11 gives you a chance to put many of your new math skills to work. You'll use proportions, functions, charts, and your algebra skills to solve word problems that may have stumped you in the past.

Graphs and Testing Tips

Lesson 12 looks at graphs that you're likely to encounter on the GED® math, science, and social studies modules. You'll also give you test-taking tips and tell you how to register for and schedule your GED® test.

Barbara Rolston

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.

Requirements
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Requirements

**Prerequisites:**

You should have the ability to read and write the English language at a high-school level. You should also be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers. If you are testing in the United States, you should have an understanding of the English measurement system. If you're testing in Canada, you should be familiar with the metric system.

**Requirements:**

Hardware Requirements:

- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

When can I get started?

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.

Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

How does it work?

Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.

When can I get started?

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.

Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

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I am about to take my final exam and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to take this course! In high school, my mathematical abilities were practically non-existent; however, I now have found a new confidence in my abilities that will allow me to successfully start and complete a university degree in the near future!

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I enjoyed the class and the instructor was great and the lessons were easy to understand. I also thought the lessons were just the right length. Thank you for having an online class.

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I just wanted to thank you for your time and the education you have provided me. I will continue to study my GED book a little more and then go take my test. I feel better about myself now that I can do this math. Thank you so very much, Barb!

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I really enjoyed this math class and found it most helpful. In this class nothing was assumed that you must know it, but rather, every little detail was explained. New methods that I have never see before made previous difficult areas so much easier. This was certainly a great class.

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I've always hated math with a passion but this course changed that. Thanks!

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I was nervous that I wouldn't understand the course because it was online and not face-to-face. It turns out, I really enjoyed it and it was very easy to understand and fit into my schedule. I plan on taking the GED Math test this Wednesday and thanks to your course, I'm confident I will pass.

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Math used to be an obstacle to me. After this course it no longer is. Barb knows what she is doing when it comes to math. The lesson format was exactly what I was looking for. The lessons are so well formatted that there is no need for "guesswork". Suprisingly, I actually found the course interesting. I am so happy to have my new math skills for the GED test and also for use in my daily life. Much thanks to you Barb and keep up the good work!

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This was a nice and compact course to ENSURE that I was ready. I really liked the whole set up. Thanks so much for everything, I went from a score of 390 to a 460! Passed my math!

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I have recommended this course to several of my students who are needing extra help on the GED math. They like the simple way that the concepts are explained. I learned new ways to explain some problems to my students to help them to remember how to solve the problems. I highly recommend this class if you want a no-nonsense, down-to-earth math overview before you take the 2014 GED.

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Instructor was supportive and made efforts to communicate online. Excellent selection of real-life problems (roofing, Facebook, etc.), clear explanation of relevance (shopping, quadratics used for programming online class, etc.) Good balance of teaching math content along with info about the GED test (formula sheet, calculator).

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