Reasoning Through Language Arts: What You Need to Know

The Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) test assesses your reading and writing skills. Both of these skills are all about communication, something you’ve probably done plenty of in life.

Test Topics

The RLA section of the GED includes three different topics: 

  1. Reading for Meaning
  2. Identifying and Creating Arguments
  3. Grammar and Language 

The RLA test assesses your ability to understand what you read and how to write clearly.

Format of the RLA Test

There are three sections on the GED Language Arts test. The entire test takes 150 minutes with a 10 minute break between section two and three. There will be one written essay (extended response), which you will have 45 minutes to complete. 

There are also different question types including multiple choice, drag and drop, select an area and drop down. 

How to Prepare

There are many ways to prepare for the RLA test. Start by logging in to your account and checking out our free GED Language Arts study guide that will help formalize you with what to expect on the test. 

Classes are also a great option, which are available in-person at an adult education center or online if getting to class isn’t an option. 

If you need more practice, GED Flash offers thousands of interactive practice questions that you can access anytime, anywhere. 

Lastly, once you’re feeling confident, take the GED Ready practice test and know before you go take the real test! 

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