GED Sample Questions: Reasoning Through Language Arts Grammar Questions

For the GED, you will need to be familiar with basic English grammar and conventions. The following is an example of the types of questions you would see on the test.

CanLearn Study Tours, Inc.

2500 Big Beaver Road

Troy, MI 70523

Dr. Dale Worth, Ph.D. Registrar

BEST Institute of Technology

75 Ingram Drive

Concord, MA 51234

Dear Dr. Worth:

(A)

(1) Our rapidly changing economic climate has meant both challenges never before known. (2) It has been said that only those organizations who can maintain loyalty and commitment among their employees, members, and customers will continue to survive and prosper in this age of continuous learning and globalization.

(B)

(3) Since 1974, CanLearn Study Tours, Inc. have been working with universities, colleges, school districts, voluntary organizations, and businesses to address the unique learning needs of their staff and clientele. (4) These have included educational travel programs that explore the following, artistic and cultural interests, historic and archeological themes, environmental and wellness experiences, and new service patterns.

(5) Professional development strategies have been organized to enhance international understanding and boost creativity. (6) Some organizations’ have used study tours to build and maintain their membership or consumer base. (7) Other organizations discover a new soarce of revenue in these difficult economic times.

(C)

(8) The formats have varied from a series of local seminars to incentive conferences or sales promotion meetings. (9) Our professional services, including the best possible transportation and accommodation at the most reasonable rates, have insured the success of these programs.

(D)

(10) We would appreciate the opportunity to share our experiences in educational travel and discuss the ways we may be of service to your organization.

Yours sincerely,

Todd Croft, M.A., President

CanLearn Study Tours, Inc.

  1. Sentence 1: Our rapidly changing economic climate has meant both challenges never before known.

    Which improvement should be made to Sentence 1?

    • (A)insert and opportunities between challenges and never

    • (B)change has meant to have meant

    • (C)change known to none

    • (D)no correction

  2. Sentence 2: It has been said that only those organizations who can maintain loyalty and commitment among their employees, members, and customers will continue to survive and prosper in this age of continuous learning and globalization.

    Which change should be made to Sentence 2?

    • (A)insert a comma after commitment

    • (B)change has been to had been

    • (C)change who to that

    • (D)change those to these

  3. Sentence 3: Since 1974, CanLearn Study Tours, Inc. have been working with universities, colleges, school districts, voluntary organizations, and businesses to address the unique learning needs of their staff and clientele.

    Which is the best way to write the underlined portion of Sentence 3?

    • (A)had been working

    • (B)has been working

    • (C)will be working

    • (D)shall be working

  4. Sentence 4: These have included educational travel programs that explore the following, artistic and cultural interests, historic and archeological themes, environmental and wellness experiences, and new service patterns.

    Which correction should be made to Sentence 4?

    • (A)insert a comma after have included

    • (B)change the comma after following to a colon

    • (C)change the comma after interests to a colon

    • (D)change the comma after themes to a colon

  5. Sentence 5: Professional development strategies have been organized to enhance international understanding and boost creativity.

    Which change should be made to Sentence 5?

    • (A)change strategies to strategy

    • (B)change boost to boast

    • (C)change have been organized to has been organized

    • (D)no correction

  6. Sentence 6: Some organizations’ have used study tours to build and maintain their membership and consumer base.

    Which correction should be made to Sentence 6?

    • (A)change organizations’ to organizations

    • (B)change Some to All

    • (C)change their to there

    • (D)change have used to has used

  7. Sentence 7: Other organizations discover a new soarce of revenue in these difficult economic times.

    Which change should be made to the underlined portion in Sentence 7?

    • (A)discovering a new soarce of revenue in these

    • (B)discover a new source of revenue in these

    • (C)discover a new soarce, of revenue, in these

    • (D)recover a new soarce of revenue in these

  8. Sentence 8: The formats has varied from a series of local seminars to incentive conferences or sales promotion meetings.

    Which revision should be made to Sentence 8?

    • (A)add a comma after seminars

    • (B)add an apostrophe after sales

    • (C)change formats to format

    • (D)add a period after seminars

  9. Sentence 9: Our professional services, including the best possible transportation and accommodation at the most reasonable rates, have insured the success of these programs.

    Which correction should be made to Sentence 9?

    • (A)change services to service

    • (B)replace insured with ensured

    • (C)remove the comma after services

    • (D)remove the comma after rates

  10. Sentence 10: We would appreciate the opportunity to share our experiences in educational travel and discuss the ways we may be of service to your organization.

    Which revision should be made to Sentence 10?

    • (A)change would appreciate to appreciate

    • (B)insert a comma after ways

    • (C)change may to will

    • (D)no correction

Answer Key

  1. A. insert and opportunities…between challenges and never

    Although the word both refers to two options, here, you’re given only one option.

  2. C. change who to that.

    Only people can be a who.

  3. B. has been working.

    CanLearn Study Tours is a single entity and needs the singular verb has.

  4. B. change the comma after following to a colon.

    A colon introduces a list.

  5. D. no correction.

  6. A. change organizations’ to organizations.

    The apostrophe after organizations’ is unnecessary because you’re not trying to show possession.

  7. B. discover a new source of revenue in these.

    Soarce is a spelling error.

  8. C. change formats to format.

    Formats is plural, but has is a singular verb.

  9. B. replace insured with ensured.

    Insured is a spelling error.

  10. D. no correction.

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