Prepare for the GED® Math Test

Prepare for the GED® Math Test

Review basic math skills and apply your knowledge by practicing with the same kinds of questions you may find on the test. This course will help you master the skills required to pass the Mathematics Reasoning module of the GED Math Test.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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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.

Note: Some GED® Testing Centers require proof that you have passed a GED® test preparation course before you can take the official test. Before enrolling in this course, please check with the official GED® Testing Center where you intend to take your tests to make sure this course will meet their requirements. Not all states use the GED® test as their test for high school equivalency diploma. The GED® Program is no longer active in Canada as of May 4th, 2024. Canadian students should contact their province to learn about their testing options.


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 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.

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.

When you see test directions that tell you, "Solve for n," do you get nervous? In this lesson, 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!

This lesson is all about equations. You'll start by learning the language of algebra and how to write your own algebraic sentences. From there, you'll move on to solving equations and inequalities.

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.

In this lesson, 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.

This lesson 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.

This lesson 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 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!

This lesson will give 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.

In this lesson, you'll review the graphs that you're likely to encounter on the GED® math, science, and social studies modules. The lesson will also give you test-taking tips and tell you how to register for and schedule your GED® test.



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. Additionally, you must be 18 years of age to take the GED® exam or request an age waiver from the test center.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 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.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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


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. 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.


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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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).

Self-Guided Course Code: T9729
Instructor-Moderated Course Code: ge3