GED Test Tips: Editing Your Text on Computer

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

Some parts of the GED computer test require you to write and edit text—the Extended Response section is one example. Whether it’s cutting, copying, or pasting text, or being able to undo or redo an action, these functions should be second nature to you on test day.

An important skill to be comfortable with using on the GED test is the cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste functions on the computer. Cutting or copying and pasting means you can move some text to another position on your page by highlighting it with your mouse. Cutting means deleting it from the original position, while copying means exactly that: You leave the text in its original location as well as insert a copy into a new location. That can come in handy when you’re writing an Extended Response on the GED test.

To cut or copy and paste, move the cursor to the beginning of the text you want, click on it with the left mouse button, and then continue holding down the button as you drag the mouse across the text to highlight the entire portion you want to copy or cut. Then click on the highlighted text with the right mouse button and select cut, which means delete, or copy. Holding the right mouse button down, you can move the text in its entirety to a new position. When the text is where you want it, simply release the mouse button. If you’re an expert word processor, you can also use the customary keyboard shortcuts. You highlight the text you want, and then use the keyboard to activate the function: press Ctrl + C for copy, Ctrl + X to cut, or move the cursor to a new location and press Ctrl + V to paste.

You also need to be familiar with the concept of redo and undo while you’re writing and editing text. If you’ve used a word processor before, you know that those two little curved arrows at the top of the screen allow you to reverse an action. Those arrows are the Redo and Undo buttons. You have the option to use these buttons on the Extended Response sections and on the Short Answer items of the test.