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GED Literature Test: Information and Requirements

The General Educational Development exam gives individuals who have not graduated from high school the opportunity to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. One of the four modules in the GED exam is Reasoning Through Language Arts, which may be seen in different state tests as interpretation of arts and literature.

What You Need to Know

The Reasoning Through Language Arts section of the GED test features a series of texts, of which 25% are literature-based. The literature module of the GED tests a student on comprehension and interpretation of passages from classical literature, popular literature and nonfiction.

What Are the Requirements?

Candidates for the GED exam typically must be at least 18 or 19 years old, though some states accept students who are at least 16 years old. Candidates who are 16 or 17 might have to meet certain exceptions laid out by the state, such as not currently being enrolled in school or having proof of withdrawal from the last school they attended. Proof of residency also is usually required. Some jurisdictions require three items of identification, including a photo I.D.

Is There a Practice Exam?

Practice tests can be taken at colleges and technical or vocational schools; they're also available online. GED Ready, the official practice test, is available in one-subject and full-test formats; the latter includes all four GED subjects (Social Studies, Science, Reasoning Through Language Arts and Mathematics).

Test results for the official practice test can be generated within one hour, and test-takers receive a detailed score report revealing whether they're likely to pass the real GED test or not. For the Reasoning Through Language Arts test, the recommended range of scores is 152-200; of students who have taken the practice test, about 80% of those who scored in this range went on to pass the actual test.The score report also offers study recommendations, showing test-takers where they need to improve.

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