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Part 1, Lessons 1-4 Suggested Resources

This resource was written by Jaclyn Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on November 5, 2013 .

Summary:

The first part of the GED Language Arts, Writing test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The sections below describe the subject areas of the test, the types of documents you’ll be looking at, and the types of questions you’ll answer.

Subject Areas


The following are the four subjects addressed by the questions (descriptions reprinted with permission of the American Council on Education):


The lessons in this resource are based on these four subject areas. You might recognize some of the key words and concepts discussed in these lessons from previous classes or reading. Even though the lessons are specifically tailored to the GED, studying them will help you develop your language skills for use in many situations.

Types of Documents

The test will ask you to look at and answer questions about the following types of documents:

Types of Questions

The following are the three types of questions that you will answer:

Example Passage

(1) As you will see from my resume, I have a lot to offer your company. (2) For one, the management training I have receive at Layne Community College has prepared me for a variety of leadership challenges. (3) Additionally, I have previous work experience as a shift leader and employee trainer at Applebee’s. (4) I have both education and work experience. So, I know that I would be a valuable asset to your company.


Example Correction Question: (2) For one, the management training I have receive at Layne Community College has prepared me for a variety of leadership challenges.

Which correction should be made to sentence 2?

  1. remove the comma after “For one”
  2. change “receive” to “received”
  3. replace “has prepared me” with “had prepared me”
  4. insert a comma after “Layne Community College”
  5. no correction is necessary

Answer: 2


Example Revision Question
: (3) Additionally, I have previous work experience as a shift leader and employee trainer at Applebee’s.

Which is the best way to rewrite sentence 3? If the original is the best way, choose option 1.

  1. a shift leader and employee trainer
  2. a shift leader, and employee trainer
  3. a shift leader (and employee trainer)
  4. a shift leader also employee trainer
  5. a shift leader. And employee trainer

Answer: 1


Example Construction Shift Question
: (4) I have both education and work experience. So, I know that I would be a valuable asset to your company.

Which is the most effective way of combining these sentences?

  1. I have both education and work experience; I know
  2. I have both education and work experience, and I know
  3. I have both education and work experience, so I know
  4. I have both education and work experience, which makes me know
  5. I have both education and work experience; I would be a valuable asset

Answer: 3


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