Cite It Right! Scoring and Teaching GED® Reasoning Through Language Arts Test Extended Response

Welcome to the VAILL Conference in Radford, Virginia, either in person or online!

Let’s take a closer look at the new Extended Response on the GED® Reasoning Through Language Arts Test. Test takers will have 45 minutes to read a text (called the stimulus) and then write an organized response according to the directions (called the prompt).

GED® Testing Service created an Reasoning Through Language Arts Extended Response Resource Guide that includes:

  • Two samples of readings and prompts.
  • 28 real responses from simulated test takers.
  • Detailed information on the scores provided by Subject Matter Experts.

We will explore portions of this guide to understand and practice scoring, then consider some instructional activities from Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book to prepare adult learners for this portion of the test (and life).

And here’s an additional graphic organizer that isn’t even in the book!

MLOTS also recently shared some videos produced by Essential Education on how to prepare for the Extended Response that you may find helpful.

Do you have any additional tips or resources to prepare for the Extended Response on the GED Test?

Free Online Reading Practice for GED® Test Preparation

Reading PracticeMcGraw Hill's GED Reading

Practice reading #1 (ProLiteracy EdNet)

Practice reading #2 (TV411)

Practice reading #3 (McGraw Hill Online Learning Center)

Practice reading #4 (GCF Learn Free)

Practice reading #5 (PBS Literacy Link)

Practice reading #6 (GED for free)

Practice reading #7 (

Just Vocabulary Practice

Vocabulary practice # 1 (ProLiteracy EdNet)

Vocabulary practice #2 videos & web lessons (TV411)

Vocabulary practice #3 puzzles & word lists (New Readers Press)

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Learn English #1 (USA Learns)

Aprendiendo inglés #2 por adultos hispanohablantes (PUMAROSA)

Free Cool Online Tool: Challenger Reading Series

Looking for FREE extension activities to place learners, practice vocabulary and skills, and celebrate successes with the Challenger Adult Reading Series?  New Readers Press offers free online supplements that you used to have to buy in print.

Click here for the Challenger Reading Series free online components.

The online components to Challenger include:

  • Placement tool to figure out where learners should start
  • Puzzle books for every level
  • Word lists for books 6-8
  • Interactive student certificate

Challenger adult reading series is one of the most enduring and user-friendly publications I have encountered in adult education.  Instructors, adult learners, and volunteer tutors all love the high interest reading, targeted exercises, consistent formatting, and wide variety of topics.  Using Challenger, learners can work closely with a tutor, in pairs, small groups, or independently.  The reading levels range from almost non-reader to GED preparation.  New Readers Press recently updated the readings and added more visual content in a second edition.  They also offer Writing for Challenger, which provides additional writing prompts for each Challenger lesson.  I have found few people who have actually read the Teacher’s Manual, but it provides a wealth of activities and strategies that can increase the impact of each lesson for learners while saving instructors time in lesson planning.

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