How to Use the GED RLA Prep Course

Instructor: Galen Soria
Taking the GED can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation you'll have a higher chance of passing and you'll also feel more comfortable on test day. Read on to learn how this course can get you ready to take the GED Reasoning through Language Arts subject test.

GED Reasoning through Language Arts Course

This course has been specifically designed with you, a GED test taker, in mind. It contains details on what you'll find on the exam and how to prepare for it, as well as chapter exams created to test your knowledge with questions similar to those on the actual GED. This course is streamlined to teach you only the concepts you need to know. That way you can cut straight to the chase and be on your way to passing the GED sooner than ever.

About the GED RLA Course

This introductory chapter will give you a brief overview of the separate sections of the GED test. It will go into score percentage breakdowns in each section and how to register for the test. You'll also learn test taking strategies, particularly those that apply to the GED Reasoning through Language Arts test.

After that, you'll move on to learning about the different types of questions on the GED. The test uses several types of multiple-choice questions (such as drop-down boxes, drag-and-drop and hot-spot questions). These different types of questions can be strange or confusing at first glance but the GED Question Types chapter is a great introduction to them, showing how each question type works and offering strategies for approaching those questions. The GED also has a few different answer-box type responses (fill-in-the-blank, short-answer and long-answer). A good way to prepare for the short- and long-answer questions is to review the chapters on grammar, word choice, and sentence structure. There is also a chapter dedicated entirely to the Extended Response.

After the question types, you get into the meat of the RLA test. The course covers informational texts, including the basics of reading comprehension, analyzing texts, and understanding arguments. It goes into understanding the elements of fiction, from plot and theme to characters and figurative language. A breakdown of part-of-speech agreement and English mechanics gives you the essentials of grammar, and a chapter on sentence structure and writing will improve your grammar skills and help you write the short- and long-answer responses. The last chapter of the course covers the Extended Response, putting all that grammar to good use.

Chapter Exams

The best way to gauge your study progress for the GED is to practice taking the test. Each lesson within the chapter contains a quiz. These quizzes are a great way to judge your understanding of the lesson you just finished. At the end of each chapter in this course, you'll find a chapter exam with 30 questions. While the exam questions aren't hot-spot or drag-and-drop as seen in the GED Question Types chapter, the content still closely reflects the material you'll find on the actual GED exam. All of the questions will be multiple-choice. Some questions will feature longer passages, graphs, tables or other images to simulate the types of prompts you'll see on the GED exam. Often these passages will be repeated several times within a chapter exam to test your comprehension of the complete passage, but the questions below the passages will be different.

These exams will give you a better feel for the types of questions you'll be asked and what material you need to study more. After each exam, you'll receive a score and a breakdown of all the questions. From here, you can go directly to the lesson where the information is covered. Then, take the exam as many times as you like, and see how much you're learning.

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