Two trained readers will score your essay on the basis of the following elements: • Well-focused main points • Clear organization • Specific development of your ideas • Control of sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling Each reader will score your essay on a four-point scale, and the scores will be averaged to find your final score.
If you earn a final score of less than two on the essay, you must retake both Parts 1 and 2 of the Language Arts, Writing Test.
The essay topic will require you to present your opinion or explain your views about the topic.
You will have 45 minutes in which to plan, write, and revise your essay.
Calculator directions (PDF) For Part 1, a calculator (the Casio fx-260) will be provided for your use. If you plan to use the calculator, you should become familiar with its operations before you take the test.
Basic directions for the calculator are provided on this Calculator Directions handout, and on the actual test.
A calculator will be provided for your use at the official GED® Testing Centre.
Because estimation and mental math are critical skills, you are not permitted to use the calculator on Part 2 of the test.
Also, you must write only on the assigned topic; if you don't, your essay will not receive a score, and you will have to retake both parts of the test. Good writers take the time to go over what is written and correct mistakes.
Your writing will show your best skills if you take the time to plan what you want to say and review it to make any needed corrections.