In alignment with career and college readiness standards, the GED® RLA assessment focuses on three essential groupings of skills:
The ability to read closely
The ability to write clearly
The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context
Because the strongest predictor of career and college readiness is the ability to read and comprehend complex texts, especially nonfiction, the RLA Test includes texts from both academic and workplace contexts. These texts reflect a range of complexity levels, in terms of ideas, syntax and style. The writing tasks, or Extended Response (ER) items, require test-takers to analyze given source texts and use evidence drawn from the text(s) to support their answers.
Given these priorities, the GED® RLA Test adheres to the following parameters:
Seventy-five percent of the texts in the exam are informational texts (including nonfiction drawn from the science and the social studies as well as a range of texts from workplace contexts); 25 percent are literature.
The texts included in the test cover a range of text complexity, including texts at the career and college readiness level.
For texts in which comprehension hinges on vocabulary, the focus is on understanding words that appear frequently in texts from a wide variety of disciplines and, by their definition, are not unique to a particular discipline.
U.S. founding documents and the “the Great American Conversation” that followed are required texts for study and assessment.
The length of the texts included in the reading comprehension component of the test vary between 450 and 900 words.
Roughly 80 percent of the items are written to a Depth of Knowledge cognitive complexity level 2 or higher.
Reading and writing standards, such as those found in the Career and College Ready Standards, will also be measured in the GED® Science Test.
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