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Steck-Vaughn GED: Student Edition Mathematics Paperback – Jul 1 2001
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GED Mathematics (Steck-Vaughn Ged Series)
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My three complaints about this book are:
the chapter on percents is confusing. There is a much better way to teach percents that asking students to memorize and manipulate a diagram.
There needs to be more on charts and graphs, which are getting bigger and bigger on the GED. Also I wish there were more on ratios & proportions. I always find that I have to supplement the book when I get to this lesson because SV gives us very few word problems, and they are all too easy.
There should be a bigger section on multi-step problems, also another huge area on the GED. SV is great for breaking down the test into skills, but sometimes questions ask you to work more than one skill at a time.
SV Math can use improvements, and I would supplement it with some of the newer stuff from Contemporary (another publisher of GED books) but as a basic GED math text, it really is the best book out there. I highly recommend it.
There is way more info in these books than you actually need to know for the test. If you can master what is in these books you will pass the GED on the first try with no problems.
It does do a great job of hitting key skills. The calculator exercises and supplementary instruction on how to fill out specific questions such as grid questions are great. It's in actual mathematic instruction that it often falls way short. There isn't enough repetition to actually use the book to learn new skills. It nearly always takes supplementary material to teach basic math skills to my students. I sometimes have guys who don't know how to do basic multiplication or long division. There's no way to learn it from scratch out of this book. It goes through that area too fast. The same applies to most other math skills.
If you need to learn math skills, there are far superior sources to this book. I'd study out of them first. Steck Vaughn makes a companion workbook that's essential if you need to learn math. It helps a lot. If you need to refresh math skills you already learned, this is a great book to prepare you for the GED test. I would suggest working through this book first before testing either way. It teaches things that are peculiar to the GED test.