Most of the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) exam is multiple-choice, but there is also one “Extended Response” question. This question requires you to write a short essay in response to two passages of text. The passages will present two different viewpoints on a topic. You must read both of the passages and then decide which argument is best supported. Your essay should include evidence from the passages that shows that one of the authors better argues the issue.
Please note that you are not to write about which opinion is correct or which opinion you believe to be true. You are only asked to analyze each passage and support an argument of which passage best supports its claims. You will have 45 minutes total to read the prompt and the viewpoints given, and to draft your essay.
Essay Quick Tips
- Use paragraphs beginning with topic sentences to separate major ideas and to better organize your argument.
- Utilize logical transition words to seamlessly move from one paragraph to the next.
- Use correct spelling and proper grammar.
- Vary your sentence structure and incorporate appropriate, advanced vocabulary words.
- Stay on topic! Produce an outline prior to beginning your essay to organize your thoughts.
Your GED essay will be evaluated across three areas:
- Analysis of Arguments and Use of Evidence.
- Development of Ideas and Organizational Structure.
- Clarity and Command of Standard English Conventions.
The task may seem intimidating, but you more than likely already have these skills! Your essay will receive three scores — one for each of the listed areas.
Since you have 45 minutes, you must make sure to effectively utilize your time; this is best accomplished by practicing essays under the same 45 minute time limit.
Rely upon these timing guidelines as you write your GED essay:
- PLAN — Spend 10 minutes reading the source material and organizing your essay response.
- PRODUCE — Spend 30 minutes writing your (ideally) 5-paragraph essay.
- PROOFREAD — Save 5 minutes for re-reading what you wrote and making necessary changes and improvements.
Remember, since you are typing your essay on the computer screen, proofreading and editing can be done much more quickly than if you were reading over a handwritten essay! Five minutes may not seem like much, but you should be able to read the entire essay over at least once and correct any obvious spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Pro-tip: Don’t start writing until you have every paragraph planned out! Outlining your argument is the best method for producing a coherent and cogent response.
Since the GED RLA extended response is graded by the ACS (Automated Scoring Engine), it is relatively easy to score well if you rely upon a good template from which to organize your essay. Here are a few quick tips regarding clarity to help you score as highly as possible on the GED RLA Extended Response:
Paragraph 1 — Introduction
Start with a 1-sentence general statement regarding the topic. Show that you understand the argument(s) by identifying the topic and its significance, and then presenting a bold and concise thesis statement; this can also be your major claim with regard to the arguments. Consider the following example thesis:
Though the first argument highlights important considerations regarding (the topic of) ________, ultimately the second argument is better supported and more convincing.
Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 — Body Paragraphs
When you plan your essay, you should devise your thesis (choosing which side you found to be best-supported), and carefully lay out three major reasons why it is best-supported.
Use specific examples to support your point of view. Pull selections from the argument you are stating is best supported, and explain why they are good supporting examples, or why they make valid points of consideration.
Each body paragraph should only focus on one major idea, and the 1–2 selections from the passage that support that idea. Try to keep the paragraphs between 4–6 sentences so that they are succinct, direct, and clear. Avoid excessive wordiness; sometimes more is not better!
Paragraph 5 — Conclusion
In 2–3 sentences, wrap up your thoughts, reiterating the correctness of your thesis (why the argument you chose is better supported), and perhaps leave the reader with an idea of WHY they should give more consideration to the topic. You can also use the conclusion to offer a degree of concession to the other argument, perhaps admitting that there are one or two good qualities to the other argument, before reiterating that the argument you selected is ultimately better supported and more convincing.
Finally, don’t worry about choosing the “wrong” side. It doesn’t matter which side you choose, or which argument you choose to say is better-supported, just be sure that you can quote specific examples from the source texts to support your ideas!
Now, review our sample prompt and practice writing an essay!
GED Essay Prompt >>
The LPN to RN Diploma program is a 12-month, 32 hours per week program consisting of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. Financial aid available to those who qualify.
This program has received full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse. Licensure as a registered nurse is based upon successful completion of all course requirements and achievement of a passing score on the NCLEX examination.
The LPN to RN Diploma Program at A-Tech is working with other university programs to promote the articulation from RN to BSN.
COURSE OF STUDY
Assists student with the foundational understanding of the role of the RN and will focus on theory, nursing process, evidenced based practice, critical thinking skills and legal and ethical issues.
Students utilize a model of psychodynamics in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of mental health.
This course provides an introduction to the health needs of women and infants and to the delivery of services designed to meet these needs.
- Nursing Adults I, II, III
Combines theory and clinical to prepare the student to apply physiological, biological and sociological principles in conjunction with the nursing process to meet selected adult client needs.
This theoretical and clinical course is to explore childhood diseases and child care from infancy through adolescence.
This course focuses on practice areas within the community caring for individuals, families and groups.
This course focuses on the skills needed to successfully lead and manage people.
Computer concepts for a changing healthcare environment.
Admission to the LPN to RN program is a competitive process and is based on the candidate’s ability to meet the established Admission Criteria. It begins with a successful score on the pre-entrance exam. Students must then meet the minimum criteria listed below for consideration by the Admission’s Committee. The number of available seats in the program is limited. Completion of all criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. Candidates will be assessed and scored based upon the established criteria.
- Proof of LPN license with meds and IV (licensure without restrictions)
Satisfactory pre-entrance test (sample questions can be found at www.psbtests.com)
Official transcript from practical nursing program
Pre-requisite college course work from an accredited university with an earned grade of C or better:
- College level Math Course (i.e. Algebra, Statistics) – 3 credit hours
- Microbiology – 4 credit hours
- Anatomy & Physiology – 5 credit hours
- Chemistry – 4 credit hours
- Psychology – 3 credit hours
- Sociology – 3 credit hours
- English Composition – 4 credit hours
LPN to RN Diploma Program Gainful Employment Data
PLEASE NOTE:Physical examination report is required after acceptance and prior to enrollment which must include a mandatory drug screen, proof of immunizations for Tdap, Influenza, Hepatitis B, MMR, and Varicella. Download the Physical Examination Form Here
Call 440-576-5545 or click on the link to receive the RN brochure with the scheduled pre-entrance tests dates. Download Brochure Here 2018-2019 LPN to RN Brochure
A $30 testing fee is required and early testing is strongly encouraged.
The Ohio Board of Nursing website has multiple resources. It contains the scope of practice for the RN, information about educational programs and directions to apply for licensure after program completion. www.nursing.ohio.gov