Reasoning Through Language Arts


Detailed information about the Reasoning Through Language Arts module can be obtained via the GED Testing Service and its MyGED program.

Running a total of 150 minutes (with a break), Reasoning Through Language Arts is the longest subject test and consists of three sections:
Section 1 (35 minutes) – Tests All Content
Section 2 (45 minutes) – Extended Response
Break       (10 minutes)
Section 3 (60 minutes) – Tests All Content

Reasoning Through Language Arts tests the following skills:
(1) Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written English.
(2) Ability to understand, interpret, and answer questions based on text.
(3) Understanding of basic English skills at a level needed to succeed in college or a job.
(4) Ability to use evidence to support an argument.

Reading Passage Breakdown:
Fiction – 25%
Nonfiction – 75%

“Because the strongest predictor of career and college readiness is the ability to read and comprehend [GED Testing Service],” Reasoning Through Language Arts places particular emphasis on reading comprehension.

You will be asked to extract the essentials of Reading ComprehensionMain Idea, Detail, Inference—from what you’ve been given to read.

In essence, you are being tested on your ability to read, reason, and think things through.

Reasoning Through Language Arts also tests for the ability to integrate reading and writing by way of its 45-minute Extended Response section.  The GED Testing Service’s guidelines for this response indicate that you will be asked to write about the
best-supported position—the most persuasive side of an argument—presented by the material in a reading passage of general interest.  You do not have to agree with the best-supported position; your task is to write about what you determine to be the
best-supported position.  Accordingly, you will need to produce evidence from the passage supporting the most convincing position.  Attention to specific details within the passage will help you find the necessary pieces of evidence.  A five-paragraph essay can be used as a framework for writing an Extended Response.


Reading Comprehension
• Three Key Questions
• Main Idea
• Detail
• Inference
• Context
• How to Follow a Reading Passage
• Reading Passage Practice – Stolen and Lost Wireless Devices
• Reading Passage Practice – Great Expectations
• Reading Passage Practice – Elder Abuse

• Sentence Structure
• Capitalization
• Punctuation
• Subject-Verb Agreement
• Verb-Verb Agreement
• Pronouns
• Dangling Modifiers
• Confusing Words

Extended Response
Five-Paragraph Essay
• Extended Response: Reasoning Through Language Arts
• Extended Response (RLA) – Dropping the Bomb – Question
• Extended Response (RLA) – Dropping the Bomb – Answers
• Extended Response (RLA) – Miranda Rights – Question
• Extended Response (RLA) – Miranda Rights – Answers
• Extended Response (RLA) – Death Penalty – Question
• Extended Response (RLA) – Death Penalty – Answers
• Extended Response (RLA) – Santa Claus – Question
• Extended Response (RLA) – Santa Claus – Answers

Reasoning Through Language Arts Practice Tests
RLA Practice Test: GED Testing Service
• RLA Practice Test: – Questions
• RLA Practice Test: – Answers