GED Test Prep: Reasoning Through Language Arts Reading Drag-and-Drop Questions

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

The Reasoning Through Language Arts section of the GED uses the drag-and-drop question type, among others. This item requires you to drag and drop information from one location on the screen to another. Usually, the purpose is for you to reorder something from least important to most, to place events into a sequence, or simply to select a series of items or choices that apply to the question.

For example, you may be asked to pick two or three words that describe a person or event in the text, from a choice of four or five options. Doing so is relatively simple: You just click on the item to move with your mouse, and then, while holding down the mouse button, you drag the item to the new location.

When you reach the new location, let go of the mouse button, and drop the item. If you’ve moved it properly, it will stay where you dropped it.

To prepare for the drag-and-drop items on the GED test, practice critical reading. When you’re reading editorials and articles, try to pull out key points and look for biases or unsupported conclusions.

Answering a drag-and-drop item requires you to

  • (A)Do some heavy lifting.

  • (B)Type directions into a box.

  • (C)Click on and move a choice of an answer.

  • (D)Play a lot of Solitaire.

Choice (C) is correct. Choice (A) refers more to a job in the real world and not taking a test. Choice (B) applies to the directions for fill-in-the-blank or Extended Response items. Choice (D) is one way to waste time that could be better spent preparing for the test.

Here are a couple types of drag-and-drop problems that you may encounter on the GED test.

Bradley was determined to get the job. Although he wanted to go to the movies with Keesha, he also needed to work, and the job interview looked promising. He loved his job at the mill, but it was not enough to provide him with the income he needed. Of course, the hours were great, but the hourly rate was not.

He could have left early, gone to the interview, and still had his date with Keesha, but that would have created problems with his boss at the mill. Bradley made the only choice he could. He finished his day at the mill and then went to the job interview. Keesha waited by the phone but never heard from him.

Put the names and phrases in order of importance to Bradley, with the most important on top and the least at the bottom.

  • (A)Keesha

  • (B)job at the mill

  • (C)job interview

  • (D)a raise

Based on the text, the best order is Choice (D), a raise; Choice (C), job interview; Choice (B), job at the mill; and then Choice (A), Keesha.

Which one of these terms best applies to Bradley? Indicate your answer in the box on the right.

  • (A)friendly

  • (B)good boyfriend

  • (C)hardworking

  • (D)determined

The correct answer is determined. The text states that “Bradley was determined to get the job.” He left his girlfriend in the lurch, not even leaving his regular work early to date Keesha, so he is certainly not the best of boyfriends. He may be friendly and hardworking, but the overwhelming point is determination.