|GED Essay Topics|
Below are the instructions as you will see them on the actual GED test. To give yourself some experience with the testing situation, find a quiet place that you can write for 45 minutes. Read the directions, then randomly choose a topic. Do not look through the topics before you choose. This will help you with the testing situation because you are assigned a topic at the test; there is no choice.
Use the Plan for Success below to ensure a good essay. When it's complete, turn it in to me either handwritten or via email. I'll give you feedback and a score according to the GED scoring rubric.
45 minute Plan for Success
Read directions and topic: 3 minutes
Prewriting (freewriting, brainstorming, clustering or mapping, etc.): 5 minutes
Organize (write a thesis statement or controlling idea and outline main ideas): 3 minutes
Draft (write the essay): 20 minutes
Revise (read through the essay and make changes to ideas): 8 minutes
Edit (check for correctness in grammar and spelling): 6 minutes
GED Essay Testing Simulation
Essay Directions and Topic
Look at the box on the following page. In the box are your assigned topic and the letter of that topic. (For this assignment, choose one of the links below.)
You must write on the assigned topic ONLY.
*Mark the letter of your assigned topic in the appropriate space on your answer sheet booklet. Be certain that all other requested information is properly recorded in your answer sheer booklet.
You will have 45 minutes to write on your assigned essay topic. *If you have time remaining in this test period after you complete your essay, you may return to the multiple-choice section. Do not return the Language Arts, Writing Test booklet until you finish both Parts I and II of the Language Arts, Writing Test.
Two evaluators will score your essay according to its overall effectiveness. Their evaluation will be based on the following features:
· Well-focused main points
· Clear organization
· Specific development of your ideas
· Control of sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, word choice and spelling
*REMEMBER, YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH THE MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS (PART I) AND THE ESSAY (PART II) TO RECEIVE A SCORE ON THE LANGUAGE ARTS, WRITING TEST. To avoid having to repeat both parts of the test, be sure to do the following:
· Do not leave pages blank.
· Write legibly in ink so that the evaluators will be able to read your writing.
· Write on the assigned topic. If you write on a topic other than the one assigned, you will not receive a score for the Language Arts, Writing Test.
· Write your essay on the lined pages of the separate answer sheet booklet. Only the writing on these pages will be scored.
You may return to the multiple-choice section after you complete your essay if you have time remaining in this test period. Do not return the Language Arts, Writing booklet until you finish both Parts I and II of the Language Arts, Writing Test.
*Indicates instructions included in actual testing situation and not necessarily used for simulation.
Source: Official GED Practice Test: Language Arts, Writing; American Council on Education
Choose ONE topic below and do not change your choice.
A Quick Guide to Writing an Extended Response for the GED Language Arts Test
Many students fear the writing part of the GED test. And we understand. After all, it takes effort and time to organize your ideas, fix sentence structures, and ensure that grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are correct. With only 45 minutes to complete your essay, how will you be able to finish your piece? Thankfully, there are ways to make this part easy for you. You don’t have to be a gifted writer to write succeed in writing a winning essay for the Extended Response portion of the GED writing test. There are tips to succeed in writing your essay.
What’s in the GED Writing Extended Response Portion of the Test?
The Extended Response part of the GED Language Arts test assesses your ability to develop an argument and support this with strong evidence. You will be asked to read two passages with opposite perspectives on a topic. You will be required to read these two passages and choose the position which you think is better supported.
This test will check how well you create arguments and use evidence. Also, it would also test your clarity and command of Standard English language.
Quick Tips to Remember When Writing Your Essay:
- Take a deep breath. Nervous about the test? Ease anxiety by taking deep breaths before writing your essay. Being stressed while writing might keep your focus away from the task and affect the quality of your essay.
- Read the two passages carefully. Make sure you understand each passage before choosing your position.
- Make an outline. Don’t write right away. Create an outline first. Choose a position that you can easily defend based on what you’ve read, then list down the main points to support this position.
- Your essay should have:
- 1. An introduction that states your main argument
2. At least 3 paragraphs with your supporting evidence
3. A conclusion that restates your main argument and main points.
- Focus on the first and last paragraphs first. This will help you stick to your argument and main points.
- Be clear. The paragraphs in between your first and last paragraphs should clearly explain your main points. Start each paragraph by stating the main point that you want to talk about.
- Proofread your work. Check your work for grammar and spelling errors. Improve sentence structures with the time that’s left.
Keep in mind that the saying, “practice makes perfect” applies here. Mastering essay writing takes a lot of practice and reading. Begin practicing your writing as well improving your comprehension skills with our Free GED Practice Tests for Language Arts. We also recommend reading high-quality newspapers, publications, and literary pieces to help build your English writing skills.