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Free GED Language Arts (RLA) Diagnostic Tests

Take the Varsity Learning Tools free diagnostic test for GED Language Arts (RLA) to determine which academic concepts you understand and which ones require your ongoing attention. Each GED Language Arts (RLA) problem is tagged down to the core, underlying concept that is being tested. The GED Language Arts (RLA) diagnostic test results highlight how you performed on each area of the test. You can then utilize the results to create a personalized study plan that is based on your particular area of need.

GED Language Arts (RLA) Diagnostic Test 1

Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 hrs 25 mins

On the 2014 version of the GED, the Reading and Writing sections are now integrated into a single Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) test. This section of the GED assesses test-takers’ abilities to read closely, write clearly, and edit according to the rules of standard written English. While the language component tests grammar and mechanics, the reading component measures test-takers’ abilities to read, comprehend, and interpret passages from various sources, including literature, reviews, and work-related documents. Additionally, there is a writing component, which combines writing and reading, asking test-takers to produce an analysis which draws from a text or texts provided; they are given one or more passages and asked to write cohesively about them.

The Language Arts (RLA) test is 150 minutes long in total, split into three parts, and includes a ten-minute break. The first section is 35 minutes long and tests reading, writing, and language content, and the second section is the extended response, or essay component section, and lasts for 45 minutes. After the break, the last section is given, which, like the first section, tests reading, writing, and language, but lasts for 60 minutes. Throughout the exam, test-takers are given passages to read and questions to answer about them: 75% of these passages are informational—or non-fiction drawn from science, social studies, and business. The remaining 25% of passages are taken from literature.

Since the passages range from literature to business mission-statements, undoubtedly some test-takers require more time to read and interpret certain types of passages than others. Some questions may ask you to identify the main idea or topic sentence, supporting ideas or examples, or define a word in context. Others will ask about the style, tone, or structure of the passage: How is it organized? What is the attitude of the author towards the subject about which he or she is writing? What kind of passage is it: a story, a legal policy, an advertisement?

In addition to these more general questions, the GED Language Arts (RLA) section analyzes test-takers’ abilities to interpret different genres of writing. In fiction passages, you may be asked questions regarding the theme of the story—what beliefs and attitudes about life, society, or politics can be inferred from the passage. You may also be asked about figurative language like similes and metaphors. While metaphors, similes, and themes may seem a little abstract, and you won’t be directly tested on their definitions in the GED, it’s helpful to understand these concepts, as interpreting fiction and poetry can be difficult. You might be asked why characters act in a certain way or make statements, so it’s important to read between the lines and feel confident in your ability to make inferences about the text.

While most test-takers will take advantage of their pens and note boards in the Math section, very few will take notes or work out questions on their note boards in the Language Arts (RLA) test; however, this is a mistake; it’s incredibly helpful to write notes quickly while reading and answering questions. If you’re taking the paper test, underline and circle important parts of the passage: the topic sentence; an important event; or where the author makes a crucial point. When answering questions, it can be helpful to look back to what you underlined or circled.

When you finish reading a dense passage, write a quick summary. This is particularly useful in non-fiction passages, although you can briefly summarize fiction as well. First, skim the passage, reading it in a few minutes; don’t worry about understanding everything, because you’ll have to re-read it while answering questions anyway. Next, write a sentence or short notation about each paragraph or section. What happens? What is the author advocating or recommending? These summaries can be helpful in answering questions concerning what the passage is about or how it is organized. They’re also a way of keeping your mind active while you read.

Finally, use your pencil on multiple-choice and drag-and-drop items to eliminate answer choices that are clearly wrong. In the Language Arts (RLA) test, it may seem like many questions are completely relative: two or more of the answers might seem equally correct. There’s always a correct answer, but it may be difficult to find. After reading a question, scan the answers and immediately eliminate any that are wrong, where the passage says something completely different or where something is completely off-topic. Then you can compare the remaining answers to find the correct one. Even if you have to make an educated guess, it’s better to guess between fewer options.

As you prepare to face the GED’s Language Arts (RLA) section, Varsity Tutors’ free Language Arts (RLA) practice tests can help you bring increased focus to your review. Each practice test consists of a dozen problems styled after those you’ll see on the GED’s Language Arts (RLA) section. After completing the test, you receive detailed results that break down your performance in each of the categories of knowledge tested on this section. Such detailed feedback makes it easy for you to identify areas in which you need to improve in order to bolster your score.  Practice tests are available as random selections of problems or groups of questions about a specific topic, providing you with practice material tailored to the areas on which you most need to focus. Plus, your practice test results are kept on your Dashboard, so you can refer to them later and track the progress you make as you study. Don’t spend more time stressing about the GED’s Language Arts (RLA) section when Varsity Tutors’ free GED Language Arts (RLA) practice tests can help you analyze your own skills and start studying quickly and efficiently!

 

Free GED Language Arts (RLA) Practice Tests

Our completely free GED Language Arts (RLA) practice tests are the perfect way to brush up your skills. Take one of our many GED Language Arts (RLA) practice tests for a run-through of commonly asked questions. You will receive incredibly detailed scoring results at the end of your GED Language Arts (RLA) practice test to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Pick one of our GED Language Arts (RLA) practice tests now and begin!

Practice Tests by Concept

Evidence and argument practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Main idea practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 6 secs

Argument relationships practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Assumptions practice test

Questions: 1
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Evaluating argument reasoning practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 10 mins

Identifying main idea practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Other main idea concepts practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 31 secs

Summary practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 1 secs

Theme practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 30 secs

Using evidence practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 43 secs

Evaluating evidence effectiveness practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 3 secs

Generalizations based on evidence practice test

Questions: 1
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Identifying evidence practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 48 secs

Identifying supporting details practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Supporting the main idea practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Language usage and grammar practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 33 secs

Punctuation practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 5 mins

Apostrophes practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 26 secs

Commas practice test

Questions: 1
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Other punctuation practice test

Questions: 1
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Semi-colons practice test

Questions: 1
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Syntax practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 44 secs

Completing sentences practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 3 mins

Other sentence structure practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 33 secs

Parallelism practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 0 secs

Run-on sentences practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 19 secs

Transitions practice test

Questions: 5
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Word usage practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 58 secs

Adjectives and adverbs practice test

Questions: 1
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Other word usage practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 52 secs

Pronoun usage practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins

Subject-verb agreement practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 9 secs

Verb tenses practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 57 secs

Passage meaning and inference practice test

Questions: 7
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 6 mins

Conclusions about the author practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 7 mins

Bias practice test

Questions: 1
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Point of view practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 14 mins

Tone, opinion, and purpose practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 9 secs

Conclusions about the passage practice test

Questions: 7
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Inferences practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 15 secs

Inferences about characters practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 46 secs

Inferences about passage ideas and meanings practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 25 secs

Inferences about plot and setting practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 41 secs

Other inferences practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 1 secs

Language in the passage practice test

Questions: 5
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 mins

Effect of literary devices practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 27 secs

Literary devices in the passage practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 4 hrs 8 mins

Other language in the passage practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 48 secs

Passage organization practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 mins 20 secs

Topic transitions practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 52 secs

Word meanings practice test

Questions: 3
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 mins 11 secs

Passage content practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 36 secs

Comparing two passages practice test

Questions: 6
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 11 mins

Main idea or argument practice test

Questions: 1
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 57 secs

Other passage content practice test

Questions: 2
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 17 mins

Practice Quizzes

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 31

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 47 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 30

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 12 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 29

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 15 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 28

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 0 secs

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 26

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 49 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 25

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 16 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 24

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 18 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 23

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 16 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 22

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 18 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 21

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 0 secs

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 20

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 hrs 10 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 19

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 38 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 18

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 23 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 17

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 16 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 16

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 12 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 15

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 35 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 14

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 0 secs

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 13

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 18 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 12

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 10 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 11

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 0 secs

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 10

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 14 hrs 3 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 7

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 8 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 6

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 18 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 5

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 2 hrs 34 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 4

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 24 mins

GED Language Arts (RLA) Problem Set 3

Questions: 12
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 29 mins
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