**The GED Math Test: Know the Calculator**

For a top score on the GED math test, it's critical to learn the
Casio fx-260 calculator, since it's the calculator used for the
official General Education Development Test. It's a good idea to
get hands-on practice with this Casio, and to understand which
calculator functions the test expects you to know.
The Casio fx-260 is used for Part 1 of the two-part math test,
which covers basic algebra and geometry, data analysis and basic
number operations. Each one of the two parts has 25 questions,
with 45 minutes slotted, or 90 minutes total allowed for the
entire GED math test. The Casio fx-260 is distributed by the
test site center for Part 1 of the test, and then collected
before part 2. Calculators can't be used for Part 2.
**About the Casio Calculator**
This Casio is a scientific calculator. It's more advanced than
the simpler or more basic calculator models most adults use to
balance their checkbooks or to add a grocery bill while
shopping. Many of today's high schoolers and even college
graduates aren't familiar with the advanced calculators and
multiple functions of scientific calculators used in today's
technology, science and for advanced financial operations. So
calculator skills aren't just important for GED students;
knowledge of scientific calculators is important to everyone
engaged in today's rapidly changing technological society.
Here are some basics to understand about the Casio fx-260 for
the GED math test:
-- Learn the location of the keys.
-- Learn the functions that the keys perform.
-- Use the On button to reset the calculator, or to clear the
memory.
-- How to use the Clear and All Clear buttons or functions.
-- Using number keys 0-9, and basic operation keys for addition,
multiplication, subtraction and division.
-- Learning the location of the decimal point key, equals and
percent, and how and when each is used.
-- Using the Shift key to change other keys to alternate
functions.
-- How the Change Sign and Fraction keys work, and when to use
them.
-- How the Square and Square Root keys work, and when to use
them.
-- The 'Parenthesis' keys are important, since these keys are
used to control the order of mathematical operations.
-- Understanding the keys to raise numbers to another power, and
for exponentials -- 'EXP' key -- used in scientific notation.
Does it look complicated? Sure, and the Casio calculator used
for the GED test has additional functions that can be used for
highly complex mathematical functions.
But don't worry. While it seems like a lot to learn, the test
requires only basic knowledge and application of a few
functions. And this knowledge will actually help test candidates
solve the test's more complicated problems, and in less time.
The Casio fx-260 is worth learning. Understanding goes a long
way toward reducing "math anxiety," improving the final GED Test
math score and gaining the skills needed in today's
technological society.
**More GED Test Resources**
For additional GED study tips, test information and free
resources on the GED test, official testing sites, financial aid
and student support, visit http://www.passGED.com/. The website
also provides links to federal agencies and nonprofits that
serve GED students, instructors and workforce development
programs. Official test site information is available at
http://www.passged.com/test_state.php#1.