How Diagnostic and Practice Tests Help You on the GED RLA

By Achim K. Krull, Murray Shukyn

One of the best ways you can prepare for the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts test is to take practice tests. Taking diagnostic and practice tests is important for a few reasons, including the following:

  • They help you prepare for the test. Practice tests, the diagnostic test in particular, shed light on knowledge and skills you need to focus on leading up to the actual test.

  • They give you an indication of how well you know the material. One or two tests won’t give you a definitive answer to how you’ll do on the actual test, because you need to do four or five tests to cover all possible topics, but they do give you an indication of where you stand.

  • They confirm whether you know how to use the computer to answer the questions. You can go to to take a computer-based practice test.

  • They familiarize you with the test format. You can read about test questions, but you can’t actually understand them until you’ve worked through several.

  • They can ease your stress. A successful run-through on a practice test allows you to feel more comfortable and confident in your own abilities to take the GED test successfully and alleviate your overall anxiety.

Practice tests are an important part of any preparation program. They’re the feedback mechanism that you may normally get from a private tutor. To get the most out of any practice test, be sure to check your answers after each test and read the answer explanations. If possible, take the additional practice tests at the GED Testing Service site and tackle a few more sample questions.