Sample GED Essay Questions
In the second part of the Language Arts, Writing Test, you
will write an essay about an issue or subject of general interest. This
section assess your ability to write an essay about a familiar topic.
The essay topic will require you to present your opinion or explain your
views about the assigned topic.
You will have 45 minutes in which to plan, write, and revise your
essay. You will be given scratch paper on which you may jot notes,
outline, and first draft. The answer booklet has two pages of lined
paper on which you will write your final essay.
SAMPLE ESSAY TOPIC
What is one
important goal you would like to achieve in the next few
In your essay, identify that one goal and
explain how you plan to achieve it. Use your personal
observations, experience, and knowledge to support your
Two trained readers will score your essay on the basis of the following
- 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 4-point scale, and the scores
will be averaged to find your final score. If you earn a final score of
less than 2 on the essay, you must retake both Parts I and II of the
Language Arts, Writing 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.
All writers make mistakes when they write quickly. 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.