GED Information

Tips for the GED Essay

You must write your GED essay on the topic that’s assigned to you at your exam. You can read the assigned topic before you start out on the essay part of the Reasoning through Language Arts test.

All topics are assigned at random, but exemptions to assigned topics may be granted when the topic is inappropriate because of students’ religion, incarceration, or disability.

Candidates who think that they should be exempt for one of the reasons mentioned can inform the Examiner at the testing site when they have read the assigned topic.

Exemptions will not be granted because a student doesn’t understand the topic, or because he or she doesn’t have an opinion on the subject. Each of the exemptions needs to be reported with the Kentucky GED Administrator in Frankfort and GED Testing Service.

When a student has written his essay on a different topic than the assigned one, his essay is not scored. In that case, the student receives a zero score and will be required to take the entire Literacy test again, and his testing history will show that his essay was off-topic. When a student has written his essay inadequately, he will also get a zero score, and this will also be noted on his test history.

Your GED essay is considered to be draft writing. You may very well be expected have crossed out some words in order to make corrections, and it doesn’t matter if you use printing or cursive writing.

Of course, students need to write as clearly as they can, but neatness and handwriting will not affect your essay score. Each student receives a lined scratch paper sheet that he can use while writing his essay, and this scratch paper sheet is not scored, though it is collected when you’ve finished your essay together with other test materials to be shredded.

All requests for accommodations and each of the exemptions need to be reported to the Kentucky GED Administrator in Frankfort and GED Testing Service.

You must write your essay in black or blue ballpoint on the answer sheets of the Language Arts Essay section, you cannot exceed the space that’s provided, as only your writing on the allotted space will be scored.

The developer of the tests, GED Testing Service, is prohibiting publicizing or discussing the content or topic any essay, and everything needs to be seen and treated as confidential content material. All essay topics are considered to be like questions and disclosing an essay topic is regarded as testing misconduct.

Since 1988, examinees are required to their write as a part of the Reasoning through Language Arts test. The essays are scored by readers that are GED Testing Service-certified, and the standards by which scoring sites and readers are evaluated are clear and transparent. Essay readers start all grading sessions by looking over these standards and sample papers that are demonstrating each essay score’s acceptable range.

All essays are scored by two individual readers. Reader one gives a score after reading the essay, and masks his score so nobody else can see it. Reader two then also will read the essay and award a score.

When both readers have awarded a score, their scores will be unmasked. If both scores are differing by maximally one point, the score will be the combined scores divided by two. When the two awarded scores are differing by more than just one point, the Chief Reader is called in to give a score. For more testing tips, go to this page.