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Can You Use a Calculator on the GED Math Test?

January 7, 2022

​​GED recognizes that students are most fearful and anxious about the Math test. GED wants to help you prepare for test day by knowing what to expect on the GED math test. You will need to know various concepts, such as:

  • Basic Math
  • Geometry
  • Basic Algebra
  • Graphs and Functions

The good news is that you don’t have to memorize formulas. If a problem requires you to solve a formula, that information will be given to you. However, you may still worry about making a calculation mistake. You may wonder: can you use a calculator on the GED?

Calculator for GED Exam

You can use a calculator for the GED exam. However, you can use just one type: the TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator. This calculator comes with your test and is displayed as a digital version, so there’s no need to buy and bring this device with you. 

You’ll find that this calculator may work differently from other calculators you’ve used in the past, such as handheld ones and calculators on your phone. That’s why it’s important to become very familiar with the calculator before taking the test. You don’t want to be wasting time trying to figure out how to use the calculator during the exam.

Fortunately, you can find help from tutorials. The TI-30XS Calculator Reference Sheet teaches you how to perform calculations you’ll need to know to pass the GED math test. The GED Test Calculator Tutorial is another step-by-step tutorial you can use to teach you how to move and perform basic functions on the calculator. The tutorial calculator does not have a limit so you can practice for as long as you need to get comfortable with it. You can also practice using the formula sheet so you’ll be well prepared for test day. 

Other Tips to Help You Prepare

Now that you know how to use the calculator for the GED exam, here are some other tips to help you pass the exam the first time:

  • Free Practice Test– Allows you to attempt questions similar to ones on the GED test. The practice test will show you what you got correct and incorrect and will give you explanations for each question. 
  • Take an official GED Practice Test. Choose math or another subject for a small fee. You’ll see the types of questions you can expect on test day and be better prepared. You’ll have a good idea of what to expect so you won’t be as nervous.
  • Understand your state policies. Make sure you’re aware of the rules and policies that apply in your state before you sign up for the GED exam.
  • Take online classes. This online program allows for interactive learning from real instructors. You can take classes at your convenience on various devices.

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