The GED® Language Arts test now consists of both reading and writing. We’ve separated the two subjects so you can study for each one without being distracted by the other. Here are some of the subjects on the Language Arts test:
- Organization (15%)
- Sentence structure (30%)
- Usage (30%)
- Mechanics (25%)
Part I is your chance to demonstrate your ability to revise and edit grammar, spelling, and other mechanical writing errors. We’ll give you passages that are roughly 200 to 300 words. These will be documents you might find in a workplace, business, set of instructions, or some other informational document, like why the rainforests should be saved, how to build a monument, or something similar.
Each document, when corrected, is an example of good writing. Your grade will be determined by correctly answering multiple choice questions based on how well you proofread and edit the passages.
The second part of the GED® writing test consists of writing an essay about a familiar subject. You will have 45 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. The essay topic will require you to present your opinion or explain your views about the assigned topic. Two trained readers will score your essay on the basis of the following features:
- Focused main points
- Clear organization
- Specific development of ideas
- Sentence structure control, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling
Each reader will score your essay on a four-point scale and the scores will be averaged to find your final score. If you earn a final score of less than two on the essay, you must retake Language Arts, Writing, Part I and Part II.
WHAT TO EXPECT
For the test on paper, you’ll be writing in an answer booklet with two pages of lined paper. You’ll also be given scratch paper. You can work on the organization of your essay on the scratch paper before writing the final version in the answer booklet (this is the one that will be graded). You’re not required to fill both pages and there isn’t a specific word count. You are being evaluated on the substance of the essay.
Please note: If the grader cannot read your handwriting, it’s hard for them to give you a good grade!
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