How To Pass the GED Writing Test


Earning a Passing Score on the GED Writing Test

When you're preparing to take an exam, it's important to know the material you're being tested on and to become familiar with the format of the test. Some strategies and resources available to help you pass the GED's writing test are outlined below.

Understand What the Test Covers

The writing portion of the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts test consists of an extended-response question designed to evaluate your ability to focus on a topic, organize information effectively and support conclusions with evidence drawn from the texts you've been presented with. It also assesses your technical writing skills by evaluating such components as your grammar and sentence structure. You will have 45 minutes to develop your written response.

Take Advantage of GED Classes

When you're preparing for your GED exams, it's an option to take GED classes. These classes can provide you with feedback on writing assignments and often include instruction designed to improve your grammar and mechanics skills.

You might also have the opportunity to take the GED Ready test in class. This official practice test is designed to tell you whether you're likely to pass your GED exam and uses the same question formats so that you're familiar with the types of questions you'll have to answer. After you take the Reading Through Language Arts practice exam, your essay will be scored by your instructor.

When you sign up for a MyGED account, you can access a tool for finding local classes. It's called the prep center locator (

You also have the option of taking classes online. The GED Marketplace offers a live, online class option that lasts 90 days. Individuals can attend online classes at scheduled meeting times, but they can also access class videos and make up any classes that they miss. This course option also enables students to ask questions and get responses from their instructors and includes several sessions devoted to the extended response portion of the language arts test.

Consider Self-Study Resources

This GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Study Guide is available online and includes chapters designed to improve your knowledge of grammar and mechanics as well as your ability to write a thesis, structure paragraphs and incorporate evidence into your written responses.

Print study materials are also available through the GED Marketplace, including:

  • Writing for the GED: Grammar, Usage and Mechanics
  • Writing for the GED: Reading Comprehension
  • Writing for the GED: Extended Response and Short Answers
  • Writing for the GED Test: Practice Prompts for Extended Response and Short Answers

Find the Right Study Techniques

Once you've considered the study and test-prep resources available to you, it's a good idea to explore study techniques that may increase your chances of success. For example, some people are more motivated to study when they meet with study partners because they have a sense of accountability. Understanding your own study style will help you incorporate effective preparation strategies and ensure you do all that you can to succeed on your exams.

Check out these lessons on Developing Study Skills to explore tips for making your own study guides and fitting study time into your busy schedule.

GED stands for the General Educational Development tests. These exams are taken by individuals who did not earn a high school diploma and cover four main subject areas. The successful completion of these tests provides the same benefits as graduating high school. Read on to learn more.

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