You can pass the math portion.
While you are studying for the math portion of the GED and taking it, remember that you can pass the test by practicing the GED math questions. You are amazingly capable and can nail this test. Having a positive attitude about yourself and the results will keep you focused on getting through the test.
Instead, a negative attitude could spiral your attention and keep you from trusting your instincts. The more you think about your perforce, the more you may tank your chances. Focus on your goal and concentrate on each question as you do them.
Take a deep breath.
If you feel yourself overanalyzing or starting to stress about the test and the questions, pause from your work. Put your hands in your lap and close your eyes. Remember that you will get through this exam. Take a deep breath and remember all the work you’ve put in, and trust yourself that you can do this.
Use the calculator to check yourself.
You can use the digital calculator during the math portion of the GED for a reason. They want you to have access to it. Use it to work through problems. Instead of trying to make even simple calculations in your head and remember what you read on your GED math book, just use the calculator. This way, you don’t make any simple mistakes. The more you pressure your brain to come up with all the answers, the more chances you have to make a mistake.
Read the answers first if they are provided.
Remember what you learned about GED math formula and cheat sheets. If the math question is multiple-choice, read all the answers first. Why? Understanding the possible solutions gives you a frame of reference for what the question is looking for. Give yourself a head start and see where the question is leading you.
Read the question slowly and multiple times.
Most wrong answers aren’t due to flawed calculations but rather because the test taker missed something in the question. Don’t lose points because you missed something. Instead, you need to focus on every step the question takes. Every number and variable is significant and has meaning. If you don’t fully understand what the question is asking, don’t try to answer it. Instead, you need to reread the question until it makes sense.
Make an educated guess if necessary.
You shouldn’t kick yourself just because you don’t know the answer. Instead, you need to make an informed or educated guess. So how do you do this? Here are the stages of an educated guess.
- First, work through all the equations you know.
- Second, if you think the question is too easy, assume you are just smart.
- Third, don’t pull a number out of the air.
- Fourth, base an answer on some calculation you did.
- Fifth, always use the digital calculator to check your work.
Put down and answer and move on.
You don’t have all day to take the GED. Instead, you have a limited amount of time. You can’t spend it all on one question. At some point, you will need to move on. If you remember one piece of advice from all your preparations, remember this. If you are stumped on a question and are stressing out, make an educated guess and move on. The more you sit and criticize your test, the more time you take away from the other portions. Keep moving, and you will keep passing.