Recognizing Skills Required to Pass the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test

By Achim K. Krull, Murray Shukyn

Part of GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Uncertainty can generate significant test anxiety. To help lessen your anxiety and boost your performance on the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) test, here is a general outline of what’s covered on the test. To do well on the test, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Extract details from written passages.

  • Identify and summarize the main points in a written passage.

  • Identify the premises and assumptions on which an argument is based.

  • Make logical inferences (draw meaning from) details presented in a written passage.

  • Distinguish between valid and faulty arguments and reasoning.

  • Read and respond to questions from a range of passages that vary in complexity, including college- and career-level passages.

  • Analyze two arguments side-by-side and determine which is presented and supported more effectively.

  • Extract supporting evidence from two arguments and use it to compose a well-supported, well-written, and effective argument.

  • Understand appropriate vocabulary and Standard English conventions.

  • Write clearly and precisely.

  • Correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and Standard English usage.