TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
ON THE WRITING PORTION
OF THE GED EXAM
Writing Skills Test (of the GED) is divided into two parts: a multiple-choice
fifty-five question section (Part 1), and an essay (Part II)... In Part
II, you will compose a well-written response to a question about a subject
or an issue. Each essay is scored independently by two trained and certified
professionals who will grade you on ability to write effectively and clearly,
make the main point of your essay, and thoroughly support your ideas." -- Center for Adult Learning & Educational
STEP ONE: Go to the web site below:
Study carefully the section on Description and Sample of Essay.
STEP TWO: Visit the following web site:
The Sevenfold Path to a Great Essay:
1. Decide on your topic.
2. Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas.
3. Write your thesis statement.
Write the body.
a. Write the main points.
b. Write the subpoints.
c, Elaborate on the subpoints.
5. Write the introduction.
6. Write the conclusion.
7. Add the finishing touches.
STEP THREE (Optional): An Internet Resource Guide to Better Writing. Browse some of the following web sites. Find some that are particularly useful to you.
GED Specific Sites
Hints for GED Essay Writers GED Test Official Site
General Reference Sites
Guide to Grammar and Writing Indispensable Writing Resources Grammar Help Common Errors in English A+ Research & Writing Dictionary.com Purdue University Writing Lab Online Guide to Writing and Research Basic Composition: "Welcome to English 111" College Writing on the Internet Writers' Handbook - University of Wisconsin Writers' Guide - University of Victoria
STEP FOUR: Go to
to practice what you have learned. Choose the Essay portion.
STEP FIVE: Write an essay using the following sample topic (taken from "The Official Guide to the Test of General Educational Development [GED])" printed by the GED Testing Service, Washington, DC.
"It always strikes me as a terrific shame to see young people spending so much of their time staring at television. If we unplugged all the television sets, our children would grow up to be healthier, better educated, and more independent human beings."
Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Write a composition of about 200 words presenting your view and supporting it with examples from your own experience or your observations of others.
Turn in completed product to your GED instructor for grading.
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