Prepare for the GED® Language Arts, Writing Test

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About This Course

Worried about the GED® Language Arts, Writing test? Don't be! This course will help you prepare to take both parts of this two-part exam.

You'll learn the basics of usage and mechanics of the English language and then find out how to apply that knowledge in order to edit passages for the multiple choice portion of the test. After covering the basics, you will then focus on the three kinds of questions that will be encountered on the multiple choice test: correction, revision and construction shift.

You'll then learn a step-by-step approach to writing that will give you the confidence you need to craft a winning essay! You'll understand all the elements of the essay, inclu…

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About This Course

Worried about the GED® Language Arts, Writing test? Don't be! This course will help you prepare to take both parts of this two-part exam.

You'll learn the basics of usage and mechanics of the English language and then find out how to apply that knowledge in order to edit passages for the multiple choice portion of the test. After covering the basics, you will then focus on the three kinds of questions that will be encountered on the multiple choice test: correction, revision and construction shift.

You'll then learn a step-by-step approach to writing that will give you the confidence you need to craft a winning essay! You'll understand all the elements of the essay, including how the essay is scored, and what types of topics you're likely to encounter.

Lastly, you will apply your new editing skills and knowledge of usage and mechanics of the English language to proofread and evaluate your own essay.

Important: Some GED® Testing Centers require proof that you have passed a GED® test preparation course or the official practice tests before you can take the official GED® tests. Before enrolling in this course, please check with the official GED® Testing Center where you intend to take your tests to make sure that this course will meet their requirements.

*GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education and may not be used without permission. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service® LLC under license. THIS WORK IS NOT AUTHORIZED, ENDORSED, OR LICENSED BY AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OR GED Testing Service®, AND ANY REFERENCE TO "GED®" IN THE TITLE OR BODY OF THIS WORK IS IN NO WAY INTENDED TO IMPLY AN AFFILIATION WITH, OR SPONSORSHIP BY, GED Testing Service® OR ANY STATE OR ENTITY AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE GED® BRANDED GOODS OR SERVICES.

About The Instructor

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Barbara Rolston.

Barbara Rolston holds a master's degree and has been teaching GED® preparatory classes since 1975 in a variety of settings, including adult schools, community colleges, and large corporations. She also was responsible for administering the GED® exam in a correctional facility for two years.

Syllabus

A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week 1

Wednesday - Lesson 01

The first step toward passing the GED® Writing Test is understanding what's on the test. In our first lesson, I'll give you the inside scoop on the best way to prepare for the GED® Language Arts, Writing Test. You may be surprised at how different it is from the English you remember!

Friday - Lesson 02

When you build a house, you begin with the foundation. In this course, we'll approach writing the same way. If you think of the parts of speech as the foundation for building sentences, you'll see why we'll spend this lesson learning about nouns, verbs, pronouns, and more.

Week 2

Wednesday - Lesson 03

With the foundation in place, it's time to start building the house! With the solid knowledge of the parts of speech from our last lesson, you'll now see how to construct and identify the parts of sentences and the different types of sentences.

Friday - Lesson 04

Mechanics deals with those details like punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. They don't seem that important but if you don't use them correctly, your sentences will literally disappear! Commas aren't nearly as hard as you think they are. So today we'll go over a few simple rules, and you'll find out exactly what to do with those pesky punctuation marks.

Week 3

Wednesday - Lesson 05

It's not enough to write a complete sentence and punctuate it correctly. You must also organize your sentences, paragraphs, and essays effectively. In this lesson, we'll go over the tools you need and identify writing that isn't organized. At the same time, you'll learn the best way to create a well-organized sentence, paragraph, or essay.

Friday - Lesson 06

Today you'll get a chance to put your new skills to work. We'll go over the first of three types of questions that are used on the multiple choice part of the test. Seeing the questions isn't enough, though. You'll also practice reading a sample passage and answering some questions that are in the style of the GED® test.

Week 4

Wednesday - Lesson 07

In this lesson, we'll focus on the second type of question: revisions. About 35 percent of the questions on the multiple-choice writing test will be revision questions. Today you'll get more practice, and I'll also show you how identifying the type of question you're answering will give you clues on how to answer it correctly.

Friday - Lesson 08

The last type of question you may encounter is the construction shift question. This type of question can be a tough one, so today we'll once again look at some strategies for identifying and then answering this particular type. Practice makes perfect, you know!

Week 5

Wednesday - Lesson 09

The most dreaded part of the GED® Language Arts, Writing Test is writing the essay. And first you need to know how the essay is scored. So in this lesson, we'll talk about what the GED® test essay scorers are looking for and how they grade your essay. With that information, writing a passing essay becomes as easy as 1-2-3!

Friday - Lesson 10

The key to a successful essay is planning. So today, we'll look at some different techniques so you can discover the best way for you to plan your essay.

Week 6

Wednesday - Lesson 11

You'll soon find out that writing the essay is probably the easiest part of the whole essay process. Today, we'll talk about an easy step-by-step process you can use when you get to the writing stage of your essay.

Friday - Lesson 12

Many people overlook the last step in the writing process—proofreading and editing the essay. But don't make that mistake because it's one of the most critical steps. You'll find it easy to proofread and edit your essay using the checklist in this lesson. We'll also spend some time practicing in our last lesson. And you'll get a chance to proofread an actual essay written by a former student of mine.


Requirements

Ability to read and understand the English language at the high school level. An elementary understanding of English grammar and mechanics will be useful. Internet access, e-mail, and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

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