GED essay

How to write an essay for General Education Development (GED) test.

ged essayTo begin with, let us say what General Education Development test is. It is a bunch of tests on four different subjects, passing which allows getting Canadian or American academic skills of high school-level. A test-taker should be at least sixteen years old to be able to pass the tests. Those subjects are language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. A test taker is given 150 minutes for language arts including a 10-minute break and 90 minutes for each out of the rest. It is allowed to re-take each test up to three times. There is no time limits in re-passing the tests; a test taker has to pay a fee for each trial though. The passing score is 150 for each subject. In case English is one`s second language, it is possible to pass the tests in Spanish. There are also special accommodations for people with emotional, physical needs and special learning. The results are available in three hours after passing the tests.

There are two sections – answering the questions and then writing an essay. What a test taker needs to write in the essay about is his/her knowledge, experiences and opinions. There are no right or wrong reply therefore, a test-taker is given a score based on your writing skills. The better you write, the higher score you receive.

Speaking about essay organization, it has introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. Select what is the most important out of the writing prompt and focus on it. To be able to focus, you need to relax. The topics to choose from are based on your experiences or opinions. For example, the prompt might ask you about your ways of dealing with insomnia. Think it over, restore in your memory those sleepless nights you had and write on how you coped with them. Use them for the key arguments and as supporting paragraphs. Then, create an outline for your essay out of brainstormed ideas.

gedessayIntroduction is the section when you give your main argument and a preview of the essay for your reader taking into consideration the fact that he/she did not even look through the title or the writing prompt. By the way, speaking of the title, there is no need to make up one. Keep the fire of interest burning within your reader through the introduction. Add some background information and make sure the reader knows those points you are about to explain or argue. Do not forget about a thesis statement to put in the end of introductory section. For instance, if your essay is about the ways to deal with insomnia, you can write, “While some of us prefer to just lay down staring through the darkness on the ceiling when no sleep, reading or physical exercises work best”.

Body paragraphs should present each of your main idea and it is no surprise. It will not be a surprise either to mention that every paragraph should contain a topic sentence to support every paragraph. Then, to make it complete, input additional information. For example, you can mention that high physical activity during the day or at least a one-hour walk on foot regularly, helps you to sleep better at night. Once you made a point, be sure to provide with example how exactly it makes you to where you sleep better. You get tired, feel like laying down, your eyelids become heavier; you want to close your eyes, etc.

To conclude, wrap up your ideas and restate your thesis statement. There is no need to repeat it word-for-word but namely to restate it. Repetitions are what you need to avoid in order to make it sound interesting. Once again, try to emphasize what is significant. Presenting an argument say why you believe your reader simply has to agree with your point. Do NOT apologize for anything you say in your essay, sound confident and do NOT provide with any new information in conclusion.

Make sure you are focused clearly on the idea you are about to write. Organize your thoughts on this idea. Provide with specific details on it and background information. Your essay does not have to be perfect and there may be no right or wrong answers. There is not that much of time to write error free. Read the writing prompt and all the instructions carefully and cautiously. Making notes might be helpful on the way to organizing your ideas just like making a plan. In case, there is no personal experience, – use your imagination. Do not forget to provide with plenty of examples, give explanations and illustrations. Try to develop your ideas in full. It is always better to provide with enough textual and illustrative support on a few then give many but briefly.

GEDessayYour essay is a conversation of sorts. Think it over. Imagine as if your reader was sitting right next to you. What would you say on the chosen topic and what would your opponent answer. “Talk” in writing. While writing the sections, make them look like sections so your reader saw when you proceed to the next idea. Do not forget about transition words and phrases to make it sound smoothly. No sudden drops are needed. Leave some time for checking on errors to remove them if any. Do not write only to fill the space but make your content legible, cohesive with relevant examples. It has to be readable, easy-to-understand, punctuation, sentence structure, grammar and word choice are scored. Follow the principle of neatness. You need people to be able to read and understand it. It has to make sense and to answer the prompt clearly; those are the most important measures. To get across your idea, use facts, stories, events and descriptions. It is always nice to have someone whose opinion you value and trust to have a critique on your essay and a guidance of sorts to know which direction to move on.