GED Literature Test: Information and Requirements

Mar 05, 2020

Literature questions on the GED make up less than half of the Reasoning Through Language Arts, Reading test, and taking a practice exam can increase your awareness of what you'll encounter on the exam. Requirements for taking the GED vary by state.

What You Need to Know

There is no specific literature test on the GED, but the Reasoning Through Language Arts section of the GED test features a series of texts with questions, of which 25% are literature passages. This module of the GED tests a student on comprehension and interpretation of passages from classical literature, popular literature and other nonfiction.

What Are the Requirements?

Those looking to take the GED should check on specific state requirements, but some of the most common include the following:

  • Must be at least 18 (exceptions may be available for students under 18)
  • Can't be enrolled in high school at the time of the test
  • Proof of residency in the testing city or county
  • Photo identification (some states require up to three pieces of identification)

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
  • 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, though scoring over 145 indicates a strong likelihood of passing the actual exam. The score report also offers study recommendations, showing test-takers where they need to improve.

Knowledge of literature makes up a quarter of the reading portion of the Reasoning Through Language Arts test for the GED. Candidates need to meet certain residency and age requirements, but should make sure they meet all eligibility criteria before scheduling.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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