Arts, Writing Test is divided into two parts, but the scores are combined
so you’ll receive a single score. Here’s how each part of the test breaks
The first part of the Writing test is 75 minutes long and contains 50
multiple choice questions from the following content areas:
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:
Specific development of
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.
the grader cannot read your handwriting, it’s hard for them to give you a
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