Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Basic Math Facts

Learning the basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are an important part of any math foundation. I am a firm believer that every student, whether a child or adult, needs to know their basic facts, without using their fingers, a chart, or a calculator. Having a solid foundation and a firm understanding in this area will better equip a student for learning fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, geometry, etc. If a student does not knows their math facts, they will struggle in math all the way through school.

When learning or reviewing these facts, use a variety of methods and resources. Flashcards are cheap or free. Usborne makes a great Learning Wrap-up that allows hands on learning and self correcting. Steck Vaughn has a wonderful Number Power book. Learningtrends has free worksheets that can be used for reinforcement. Also check out Learningtrends free Quia interactive math activities.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

GED Resources

If you are a GED teacher or student you probably realize that finding good free resources on the internet is possible, but sometimes it's like finding a needle in a haystack! And if you find these FREE resources, many times they are not what they seem. The links don't work, or the worksheets and books are not designed for adults.... but for children. The graphics are childish and not something that I would give to my students. But there are some great sites with good worksheets such as Learningtrends. Not only do they have free worksheets, but they also have basic math flashcards that you can download for free!

GED: 50 Math Skills You Need to Know to Pass the GED Math Test




Taking the GED Mathematics test can be very stressful if you do not properly prepare.

In my 10+ years of teaching GED prep, I have learned that many GED candidates do not have the math skills required to feel confident to take the math test.

And confidence is the KEY! For some individuals, a quick brush up is all that they need, while others may require direct instruction or tutoring to get the GED math help they require.

A good math GED workbook is also always a must!

There are 50 skills that are necessary to know in order to pass the GED Mathematics test. 31 are listed below. They are:

* Make estimates
* Arrange decimals
* Order of operations
* Solve problems using decimals (+, -, x, ÷)
* +, -, x, ÷ decimals
* Compare fractions, decimals, and percents
* Calculate percent
* Solve problems using fractions (+, -, x, ÷)
* Understand rate
* Understand angle relationships
* Evaluate and solve formulas
* +, -, x, ÷ whole numbers
* Write equations to solve word problems
* Interpret bar graphs
* Simplify fractions
* Work with algebraic equations
* Understand ratio and proportion
* Calculate Slope of a Line
* Understand discount and sales tax
* Interpret circle graphs
* Mean
* Understand units of measurement
* Change units of measurement
* Solve for area, perimeter, and volume
* Calculate simple interest
* Understand Pythagorean relationship
* Write algebraic expressions
* Identify patterns
* Identify points on a linear equation
* Understand multiple line graphs
* Use two sources of data



McGraw Hill has put ALL 50 GED Skills into one book.
Top 50 Math Skills for GED Success

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

"Gift Your Teacher" Teacher Appreciation Week- May 7th


The week of May 7th, 2006 is Teacher Appreciaton Week. Don't forget to "gift" your teacher or your child's teacher.

Here are some great gift ideas, and the best part is that they are great educational books or tools at a discounted price.


  • The Illustrated Dictionary of Math is a wonderful resource for teachers and parents who homeschool or help their children with their math. It contains over 500 definitions of the main mathematical terms and concepts. It includes more than 300 illustustrations and diagrams, along with over 100 worked examples! A must have for anyone learning math or helping someone learn/understand math.

  • Learning Wrap-Ups are a great way for both children and adults to learn their basic math skills. They allow students to work at their own pace and they are self correcting. Each set contains 120 basic facts. Use alone or combine them with Learningtrends basic skills math worksheets. Learningtrends has free math worksheets that you can download for FREE.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

GED Math Practice Test

If you haven't taken Learningtrend/GED Source's practice FREE Pre-GED math assessment, you may want to. If you have, good for you!

Although Learningtrend/GEDSource's Pre-GED math assessment was not written as a GED practice test for the "official" GED test, it is a good indicator of where you are in math. You will find questions on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and some basic algebra.

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Do not be discouraged if you think you did not correctly solve as many of the math problems as you hoped you would. The assessment is designed to to find the right "starting spot" for you. No matter where you "landed", it's the right spot for you. In my 10+ years of teaching experience, probably 95% of my students needed some form of math help.... before they took their test. The majority of students started with fractions, decimals, and percents.

If you find that you score below 60%, you may want to consider a Pre-GED math work book and perhaps find a tutor or a GED Learning Center for assistance. First work through the Pre-GED book, then the full GED math workbook.

If you score over 60%, you probably have a good starting foundation of the math skills needed to pass the GED Math Test. However, based on experience, you still would benefit from a good GED math workbook which will take you into the higher level GED math along with using a calculator.

The time that it takes to work through each book varies from student to student. It depends on your math ability, whether you have a tutor, and how much time you can commit to studying and practicing. I recommend that you spend no less than 1 hour a day working on your math.

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Once you have worked through the books, contact your local GED testing center. If they have a Learning Center, they should have actual GED practice predictor tests. Taking a math predictor test will give you an even better idea of how you will score when you take the "official" GED tests.

Below you will find three books that I use and would recommend you use to brush up on your GED math test.

They are not the cheapest GED books, but they are, in my opinion, some of the best in the market! They are NEW, never been used or written in. If you have kids or plan on taking further math classes, any of these books are a great resources to keep handy for when you need a quick "lookup" for solving a math problem.

These GED books are designed to be study-at-home books, and Contemporary's books even have a great internet learning site that you can access while you work through their book! It's amazing... and it's a free resource.

Click here to learn more about Contemporary's Pre-Ged (2002) *NEW* GED Prep.

**Order today and receive a free GED Skills Book (math) as a thank you gift (while quantities last). This is a $7.95 value... free... just for ordering!

Stock is limited so place your order today.

For more information and to check on availability of GED Skills thank you gifts, send an email request to instructors@learningtrends.com


Good luck on your journey to taking the GED math test!

Friday, February 17, 2006

GED Tips: A Teacher’s Experience

GED Tips: A Teacher’s Experience

I have been teaching basic skills and GED preparation for over 10 years. Over time there are many tips that I have passed to my students. Here are my top 25 GED tips. Note that they are not in any particular order.

Please feel free to comment on them and add any that you have found helpful.

1. If you can, take one official GED test at a time. You will be less tired and will received a better score than if you try to take as many tests as possible in one session. If you decide to double up on GED tests, only double up on the Language Arts, Reading and one other.

2. It is important to determine which GED areas you are weak in. Many study books will have pre assessment tests to help you determine what area/s of the book you should start with. This is especially important when you are studying math. Consider each piece of math as a building block. You need a solid foundation of basic math (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents) before you can successfully handle algebra, measurement and geometry.

3. When considering GED study materials, there will be many choices. My suggestion would be either Pre-GED or GED materials depending on your reading ability. Pre-GED is appropriate for individuals who are below a 9th grade reading level. GED materials are appropriate for individuals above a 9th grade reading level.

4. The only exception in study materials may be math where it is important to have a solid foundation of math skills. Most of the foundational skills require repetitive practice, and they include the following: Basic adding, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. There are many great basic math books available. However, whatever book/s you decide to prepare math with, it is important to still work through a GED math book. Top favorites of mine are Top 50 Math Skills for GED Success, Number Power Review, or GED Mathmatics.

5. It is important to prepare using the appropriate learning materials. This means materials that are appropriate with your current skills. If you have a reading level of at least 10th grade, you should not have any problems with the Language Arts, Reading, Science, or Social Studies tests. If your reading level is lower than 10th grade, consider purchasing Pre-GED study materials. A great pre-GED math book is Contemporary's Pre-GED Math.

6. Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before the test.

7. When taking the GED practice and official tests, answer those questions that you know right away first and go back to the others later. Do not spend an over amount of time on questions and passages that you do not understand. Rather, skim through and answer those you are sure about, then go back and finish those in question.

8. If you find yourself out of time, but still have unanswered questions, do NOT leave the answers blank. Quickly fill in an answer; any answer- At least you will have a chance of picking the right one.

9. When working with passages and questions, skim through the questions first. This will give you an idea of what you are reading for.

10. Have a study plan and stick to it.

11. Reward yourself! When completing a GED test, treat yourself to a good movie or a great night out! You deserve it.

12. If you are easily distracted by noise, check with the official GED Testing Center in your state to see if you can use earplugs.

13. Use ALL resources available to you. Call your local GED testing center. If you have a local GED Learning Center, use it! They will be able to answer questions that are specific to your locale. In addition, you may receive one on one instruction or tutoring.

14. Make it your responsibility to keep track of your GED scores. Know what you have taken and what you received as a score. Request a certified copy of your test scores.

15. If you move, your score will follow. Most GED Centers will require a certified copy of your current scores. In addition, they will want to know what materials you have been working in and any other assessments you may have taken.

16. Many states will require a formal GED Orientation Session prior to testing. In addition, some may require classes or have other requirements. It is important that you contact them to see what requirements are specific to your area.

17. Take ownership of your GED education. It is YOUR responsibility to learn all you can about your states GED requirements. It is your responsibility to study and prepare for the GED tests. It is your responsibly to seek help when needed, and it is your responsibility to make getting a GED a priority in your life. You can do it!

18. Getting your GED is a starting point in your life. It is a stepping-stone to greater things. Start thinking about what you will do once you have accomplished this goal. Will you take additional classes at the local community college? Will you be able to get a job or upgrade your current job situation?


19. Read, read, and read some more. All the GED tests involve reading. Unless you can read and comprehend what you read, you will have difficulty with the tests. Read every day whether it is the local newspaper, a book, or your email. Grab a book and read to your child.

20. Write, write, and write some more. Most people do not have to write daily, and therefore many do not feel confident in writing a 200+ word essay without practice. Keep a journal and write in it each and every day. Get an email account and use it. Write a letter to your friend or to the local newspaper. The more you write, the easier it becomes.

21. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide. To be successful at the GED math test, you need a solid foundation of math skills. They include, but are not limited to, the following: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. Get those skills down and studying for the GED test becomes easier. Some great math study packets include Solving Word Problems, Fractions, Algebra, and Measurement and Geometry.

22. GED scores move with you. You can start testing in one state and complete the GED process in another; however, check with your local official testing center to determine the exact requirements for your location.

23. Consider a study buddy. Find someone who you know, like, and trust and study with them. It may be another individual who is working on their GED, or someone who is taking other classes.

24. Know the formulas for the math test. The formulas are found in the front part of many GED math books. They are also included in this guide.

25. Take Practice GED Tests prior to taking an Official GED Test. The practice tests will give you a sense of time (GED tests are timed), and they will give you an idea of what the tests will be like. Currently, only ½ length tests are available. The practice tests will also be a good indicator of the score you may receive. If you score 500+, you should do well on the official test in that area. There are many GED practice tests available, but I recommend Steck Vaughn’s forms PA, PB, PC, PD, PE or PF. If you take at least two of Steck Vaughn’s practice tests and receive a score of 500+ on both, it is time to sign up for the official test. Call your local GED testing Center.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Reading is the KEY to your GED

Getting your GED could change your life! It may allow you to obtain a promotion at work or, perhaps, get you a job!

As a GED teacher and mentor, I have helped guide hundrends of adults to get his/her GED. It has not always been an easy process. Some did not complete, some completed in less than 6 months, while others took a year or more.

In my experience, the major key is reading! The better your reading ability, the better and faster you will complete your GED tests. So, read...read...read. Pick up a book and read to your child or niece or nephew. Pick up the newspaper and read each and every day.


All the GED tests involve reading, so grab a book, any book, and read!

Want to read and learn GED material at the same time? A great book is the

Friday, November 04, 2005

What's in the GED Math Test?

A Closer Look: GED Math

Most students when they consult with me wonder what the GED Math test covers? And I always tell them the the following. The GED test, Mathematics, will test your ability to solve word problems using graphics, basic computation, analysis, and reasoning skills. I also give them the following list. It looks overwhelming but if the student has a reading level of at least 10 (I use TABE, Test of Adult Basic Education) and a math level of 9 or above- they should not have too much difficulty passing the test with some study. Almost all the students I serve are great with whole numbers, but it is the fractions, percents, algebra, and geometry that need reviewing.

If you are wondering if you should start with basic math foundational skills, or you are ready to go full blown into the GED math book, check out this great Pre-GED assessment. If you receive a 70% or above- you are ready for GED math material, if it shows less than 70% you might want to consider a basic math skills book for now. Good luck!

>>Will test your ability to apply your knowledge of math in mathematical problems.

>>Will test your ability to apply your knowledge of math in everyday situations.

>>Will test your ability to analyze mathematical drawings, diagrams, charts, and graphs.

>>Number operations and number sense includes knowledge in the following: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions.

>>Measurement and data includes knowledge in the following: length, perimeter, circumference, area, volume, and time. It also includes knowledge of square roots, exponents, and scientific notation.

>>Basic algebra includes knowledge in the following: variables, equations, algebraic symbols, coordinate grid, factoring, ordered pairs, and slope.

>>Basic Geometry includes knowledge in the following: lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and Pythagorean Relationship. It also includes knowledge in finding perimeter, circumference, area, and volume.