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GED RLA Practice: Reading Comprehension

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

The best way to prepare for the reading comprehension portion of the GED RLA test is to do as many practice questions as possible. Check out the sample to see what you will face on test day.

Sample Questions

Questions 1–6 refer to the following passage.

Facilities for Access to Creative Enterprise (FACE)

Originally founded in 1982 to train unemployed youth in small “hand skill” craft workshops, this project provides occupational and entrepreneurial skills as an alternative to traditional manufacturing jobs. Beginning with glass engraving and sign writing, FACE now offers training in more than 200 hand skill occupations, including antique restoration, clothing manufacturing, graphic design, masonry, sail making, specialist joinery, weaving, and wood turning.

Funded through the Youth Training Scheme, FACE provides 800 training places in the west and northeast of England under the premise that even if the young people can’t secure employment, they at least will have the skills to create their own businesses.

Based on its experience, FACE has developed, with the Royal Society of Arts, a Certificate in Small Business and Enterprise Skills. The aim of the certificate is “to develop the basic skills of enterprise across a range of occupational sectors, within small business and in general employment and which are applicable in a wide range of personal and social contexts outside work.”

Competencies include self-evaluation, decision making, initiative taking, resource and time management, opportunism and self-motivation, problem solving, and learning-to-learn skills, as well as communication and number skills vital to personal effectiveness.

  1. What is the overall purpose of the FACE project?

    • (A) to provide manufacturing jobs

    • (B) to engrave glass

    • (C) to train unemployed youth

    • (D) to write signs

  2. Which of the following is not an example of a hand skill craft occupation?

    • (A) weaving

    • (B) wood turning

    • (C) sail making

    • (D) robotic assembly

  3. How can young people best secure employment northeast of England?

    • (A) by engaging in traditional manufacturing

    • (B) by creating new enterprises

    • (C) by joining the Royal Society of Arts

    • (D) by obtaining a Certificate in Small Business

  4. Who helped FACE develop the Certificate in Small Business and Enterprise Skills?

    • (A) Youth Training Scheme

    • (B) west and northeast England

    • (C) hand skill workshops

    • (D) Royal Society of Arts

  5. Which competency is not included in training for the Certificate?

    • (A) self-evaluation

    • (B) anger management

    • (C) decision making

    • (D) problem solving

  6. What wording in the text suggests that FACE does not expect its graduates to find traditional employment, even after completing their training?

    • (A) develop the basic skills

    • (B) an alternative to traditional manufacturing jobs

    • (C) train unemployed youth in small “hand skill” craft workshops

    • (D) in general employment

Answers and Explanations

  1. C. to train unemployed youth. The overall purpose of the FACE project is to train unemployed youth. Glass engraving, sign writing, and antique restoring are just some of the skills the youth may develop through FACE. Manufacturing jobs are in short supply, resulting in the need for entrepreneurial skills.

  2. D. robotic assembly. Robotic assembly is a high-tech computer-assisted approach to manufacturing that seeks to replace workers with robots. The other answers — weaving, wood turning, sail making, and joinery (carpentry) — are all examples of hand skill craft occupations according to the passage.

  3. B. by creating new enterprises. The best way for youth to secure employment is to “create new enterprises,” as the passage states. Jobs are being lost in traditional manufacturing. The Royal Society, business certificate, and training places don’t refer directly to securing employment.

  4. D. Royal Society of Arts. The Royal Society of Arts assisted FACE in developing the Certificate in Small Business and Enterprise Skills. Although the Youth Training Scheme provided funding for FACE, it wasn’t directly involved with the Certificate. Hand skill workshops and occupational sectors have no direct relation to the Certificate. Choice (B), west and northeast England, refers only to locations.

  5. B. anger management. Anger management isn’t mentioned in the passage as one of the competencies; all the other skills are.

  6. B. an alternative to traditional manufacturing jobs. Choice (B) is the most clear and direct statement in the text that the FACE program doesn’t expect graduates to find traditional jobs but instead is preparing them for some alternative form of employment. Choices (A) and (D) could apply to any form of employment, so they’re wrong. Choice (C) is somewhat correct, but it still suggests working for an employer.