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Language Arts, Writing Test

The GED Language Arts, Writing Test has two parts. Part I has 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 75 minutes. Part II is an essay to be written in 45 minutes.

Part I

Part I tests your ability to revise and edit workplace and community documents, how-to documents, and informational passages that may or may not have errors in them. Multiple-choice questions ask how the sentence or passage should or should not be changed. You should become familiar with these types of questions.

Part II

In Part II you will write an original essay on a specified topic. The topic is something the average person would be able to write about, such as your goals or your opinion on a specific subject. The essay is the only part of the test you must write with a pen.

Two trained readers will score your essay on the following:

  • Well-focused main points
  • Clear organization
  • Specific development of your ideas
  • Control of sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling

Because of the limited time, candidates are not expected to create the "perfect" essay.

GED Sample Test Questions for Language Arts, Writing Test:

For information on grammar and the writing process, go to:

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