GED Test Prep: Tips for Reasoning Through Language Arts Reading Section

Make sure you work through some GED test prep questions to see how the questions work and what's expected of you to answer them. You first answer a series of short items, mainly multiple-choice. However, you'll also see items in the form of fill-in-the-blanks, drag-and-drop, and drop-down menus. In each case, you need to look for the answer in the text presented to you.

To find the answer, you may simply have to refer to the text, or you may have to draw conclusions from what you've read. And, finally, in the writing portion, you have sentence correction and the Extended Response, or essay.

On this part of the RLA test section, you're given text to read, followed by a set of questions about that text, which tests your ability to read and comprehend. Some items will simply ask about content; other items will require analysis.

The information you need to answer will be right in the text you read. Some items will ask you to draw conclusions based on the information in the text, which are the “why” or “how do you know” questions.

Here are two bits of collective wisdom: First, before taking the RLA section, read, read, and read some more. And, secondly, when taking the RLA section, read carefully; the answer is in the text. The best guarantee that you'll do well on this section is to become a fluent and analytical reader.

Read editorials, analyze how the writers make their point, and provide supportive evidence of their points. Read newspaper stories to extract the bare-bones key points that make the story. Read and think about how the writer creates a mood, image, or point of view. Although you don't have to master any specific content, the more you read, the better-equipped you'll be to deal with this.

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