2014 GED Assessment Targets for Math

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With the addition of a new year, we continue to inch closer to the implementation of the 2014 GED® Test. As an educator, being prepared for the new test is extremely important if you want your students to be successful. To do so, educators need to understand how the 2014 GED Test will be changing and the rigor of the various components, including the Mathematical Reasoning portion.

Currently, the items on the 2002 GED Test comes from the content areas of:

  • Number operations
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Data analysis and statistics
  • Algebra

What to Expect

The 2014 GED Test will focus on two major content areas: 

  • Quantitative problem solving
  • Algebraic problem solving

In addition to solving computational problems, the test will include modeling tasks that will require candidates to apply mathematics in a real life context.

Assessment targets provide a link between the GED Test and the Common Core Standards and further provide a description of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will be measured on the 2014 GED Test.  An examination of the assessment targets for the new math tests informs our insight into the increased rigor of the math test. 

Quantitative Problem Solving Assessment Targets include:

  • Order and compute with rational numbers, simplify numerical expressions
  • Quantitative reasoning to solve problems involving rational numbers
  • Solving problems involving a proportional relationship
  • Computing perimeter, circumference, and area of plane figures
  • Computing volume and surface area of prisms, cylinders, cones, pyramids, spheres, and other shapes
  • Reading and interpreting graphs,  and charts, and other data representations
  • Measuring the center of a statistical data set
  • Determining sample space and using probability models to interpret data

Algebraic Problem Solving Assessment Targets include:

  • Simplifying, evaluating, and writing linear expressions
  • Simplifying, evaluating, and writing polynomial expressions
  • Simplifying, evaluating, and writing rational expressions
  • Writing and solving linear equations
  • Writing and solving linear inequalities
  • Writing and solving quadratic equations
  • Graphing an equation in two variables in the coordinate plane; solving problems requiring knowledge of slope
  • Determining the equation of a line
  • Applying the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Evaluating a function for a given input
  • Comparing functions in different presentations
  • Identifying features of a function from graphs or tables

The assessment targets for the new math test are not all new—some of these targets are incorporated in the current GED math test.  However, there are new mathematical formulas used on the new test that are not used on the current test including, surface area, volume, and algebra.

More detailed information about these assessment targets is discussed in the Wonderlic webinar 2014 GED Test:  An Inside Look at the Mathematical Reasoning Test. Space is limited so make sure you register early!

Also, the GED Testing Service provides more information regarding assessment targets for all four subtests of the 2014 GED Tests in Chapter 2 of its Assessment Guide for Educators.

Which part of the 2014 GED Test do you wish you had more preparatory information for? 

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