Prepare for the GED RLA Test with Sample Questions

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

Preparation and practice are essential if you hope to do well on the GED test. Try the following RLA practice questions to get a head start on being prepared. God luck!

Sample questions

Questions 1-6 refer to the following letter.

Passage A

TO: James Tiberius

FROM: Akira Hudson

RE: Consumer Math Book Proposal

We meet mathematical problems everyday in our lives. How we handle them makes the difference between winning and losing. Many of our decisions require knowledge of “survival mathematics,” the skills and concepts that help us survive in an increasingly complex world. Many students drop high-school mathematics as soon as they can.

Few are willing or able to take in school the life skills courses that would help them later in life. As a result, they never learn some of the important math life skills. This book has a built-in target audience, the people who need “survival mathematics” to get ahead in this world.

The key life skills are the everyday arithmetic that helps one survive in the market place. We propose to help readers learn and practice the following skills:

  • Different methods of earning a paycheck: We explain hourly wages and piecework, commission and salary.

  • Calculating deductions from pay slips: What comes off and why.

  • Budgeting: Making the money last from paycheck to paycheck; creating a household budget.

  • The deal: How to read ads. Just how good a deal is “the deal”?

  • Credit cards: How you pay, what you pay for, and the real cost of loyalty programs.

  • Compound interest: The true cost of money. Comparing interest rates on debt, ranging from bank loans to credit card debt. Working out just how expensive credit card debt is.

  • Compound interest: The mortgage. Working out the true costs of “zero down” financing of a home.

  • Compound interest: Earning money on money. How can one reinvest to earn more, and the magic of time in accumulating wealth.

  • Keeping more of what you earn: Some simple strategies to minimize taxes, from education and retirement savings to mortgage interest deductibility.

  • The car: Calculating the pros and cons: We compare used vs. new, purchase vs. lease, and examine the true cost of owning a car. Since the car is probably the second biggest purchase most people will ever make, this is an important part of consumer knowledge. This unit is specially aimed at first-time car purchasers.

The application of basic arithmetic skills will help readers become better consumers and teach them how to deal with mathematical issues in everyday life.

  1. Why do the authors suggest “survival mathematics” is a skill many young people need?

    • (A) Many students cannot or will not take life skills courses.

    • (B) Many students drop high-school math as soon as possible.

    • (C) Both Choices (A) and (B) are correct.

    • (D) Neither Choice (A) nor (B) is correct.

  2. What do the authors suggest is the point of budgeting?

    • (A) to avoid overspending

    • (B) to make the money last between paychecks

    • (C) to set aside some savings from each paycheck

    • (D) all of the above

  3. What does zero down mean?

    • (A) a lack of involvement

    • (B) no interest payments on the first part of a loan

    • (C) no security deposit

    • (D) no initial payment on the mortgage before monthly payments start

  4. Why are car purchases considered important enough to be given a heading of their own?

    • (A) Everyone needs a car.

    • (B) Students in particular want to buy cars.

    • (C) Car loans are more expensive than credit card debts.

    • (D) Cars are among the largest purchases most people ever make.

  5. If John owns a car, that is car.

    • (A) John’s

    • (B) Johns

    • (C) Johns’

    • (D) none of the above

  6. Which version of the underlined portion of this sentence is correct?

    Their car was they’re when we got there.

    • (A) Their car was they’re

    • (B) There car was their

    • (C) Their car was there

    • (D) They’re car was their

Questions 1-2 refer to the following excerpt from the Environmental Protection Agency website.

Passage B

Weather Versus Climate

  • Weather is a specific event or condition that happens over a period of hours or days. For example, a thunderstorm, a snowstorm, and today’s temperature all describe the weather.

  • Climate refers to the average weather conditions in a place over many years (usually at least 30 years). For example, the climate in Minneapolis is cold and snowy in the winter, while Miami’s climate is hot and humid. The average climate around the world is called global climate.

Weather conditions can change from one year to the next. For example, Minneapolis might have a warm winter one year and a much colder winter the next. This kind of change is normal. But when the average pattern over many years changes, it could be a sign of climate change.

  1. When scientists consider climate, what length of time is involved?

    • (A) 30 years or more

    • (B) a decade

    • (C) probably a few months

    • (D) whatever is going on today

  2. What is more likely to be variable from year to year, weather or climate? __________

Answers

Check your answers to see how you did.

Passage A

  1. C. Both Choices (A) and (B) are correct

  2. B. to make the money last between paychecks.

  3. D. no initial payment on the mortgage before monthly payments start

  4. D. Cars are among the largest purchases most people ever make.

  5. A. John’s.

  6. C. Their car was there.

Passage B

  1. A. 30 years or more.

  2. weather.