The GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test (RLA)

The 2014 Test that Replaced the GED Reading and Writing Tests

Computer Class - Terry J Alcorn - E Plus - GettyImages-154954205
Computer Class - Terry J Alcorn - E Plus - GettyImages-154954205

In 2014, the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts test, or RLA, replaced the GED reading and writing tests from years past. We'll tell you what's on the test and how it is structured, and provide  practice resources.

For info on the other parts of the 2014 GED test:

Go to GED Test - Social Studies.
Go to GED Test - Science.
Go to GED Test - Mathematics.

Source: Compiled from information from The American Council on Education, the official GED Testing Service.

What You Need to Know About the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test

The language arts part of the  2014 GED test is computer-based (new in 2014!) and takes 150 minutes. It is designed to test three skills:

  1. The ability to read closely. Students must be able to determine the details being stated, make logical inferences from it, and answer questions about what they read. This is about comprehension and requires focus. Many people read without really thinking about what they're reading, and they are not comprehending, or understanding, the message in the words. You need to demonstrate that you can read the selection provided and understand it enough to answer questions about what you read. What does it mean to make logical inferences? Test Prep Expert Kelly Roell explains it clearly in her article: What Is an Inference?
  2. The ability to write clearly. Students must be able to use a keyboard (demonstrating use of technology) to write a relevant analysis of a text, using evidence from the text. What does that mean? It means you will need to be able to explain what the text is communicating. What is the point of view? The theme or topic? The genre? The message? This shows your ability to write a clear essay. Do you know the elements of a good essay? You'll find help here: How to Write an Essay in 5 Steps
  1. The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context. Students must demonstrate an understanding of English grammar, usage, capitalization, and punctuation.

Both academic and workplace texts are used, reflecting a variety of ideas, styles, and levels of complexity. The student is required to read and analyze a text, and write a response drawing evidence from the text.


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