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

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

The writing part of the Reasoning Through Language Arts section of the GED evaluates your ability to use correct spelling and grammar to write clearly and succinctly. It tests your ability in various ways. Some questions ask you to select the correct alternative to a misspelled or grammatically incorrect sentence. Others ask you to provide better wording for a sentence or select the best choice of words for some text.

The text will vary from business letters to extracts from novels. They can be based on instruction manuals for an MP3 player, a newspaper story, or a contract.

To study and prepare for these types of questions, try the following tips:

  • Review your spelling and grammar skills.

  • Use the local library to find high-school grammar texts or look for free grammar and spelling quizzes online. Some online quizzes will correct your answers immediately, giving you excellent feedback on what you know and what needs improvement.

  • After you take a writing practice test, you may see some areas where you need to improve, so you can review those areas, using a grammar book. As you work on your grammar and writing skills, periodically redo the practice test section to see how much you have improved.