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GED Language Arts Reading Test

4.1 GED Language Arts Reading Test

Quick Summary of the GED Language Arts Reading Test

These rules apply until 2014. After that, the GED exam will be completely different, and much harder to pass.

Tests For: Reading
Test Parts: 1 Part
Test Length: 65 minutes in total
Number of Questions: 40 in total multiple-choice type

The GED Language Arts Reading Test measures the applicant’s reading skills. This exam draws from typical reading materials that a high school student should understand and comprehend. The test format consists of literary passages followed by multiple-choice questions about the passage.

Comprehending Fiction and Nonfiction Text
In an attempt to simulate typical high school reading assignments, the GED Language Arts Reading Test consists of 75 percent literary or fiction texts and 25 percent nonfiction texts. The fictional material is divided further into five individual categories including passages from poetry, drama, literary fiction written prior to 1920, literary fiction written between 1920 and 1960, and literary fiction written after 1960.

The GED Language Arts Reading Test draws its nonfiction text from several categories. These categories can include nonfictional prose writings, critical writing reviewing visual or performing arts such as a Hollywood movie review, and common workplace writings typically found in a company’s handbook such as an instructional manual or other business related writings.

The GED Language Arts Reading Test Format
Each individual passage found within the exam—regardless of whether fiction or nonfiction—is written as a complete narrative, meaning that the passage’s composition features a beginning, a middle, and an end. The length of each individual passage averages anywhere from 200 to 400 words. Following each passage are 4 to 8 questions with multiple-choice answers.

These questions measure the exam taker’s capability to apply what they read at four levels of understanding. As such, the test measures the exam taker’s ability to comprehend the written passage, apply the information he or she has read, break down or analyze information from the passage, and finally his or her ability to put the information read from the passage back together.

Last Updated: 05/15/2014

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