Course Summary
Credit Type:
The exam is administered at Pearson VUE Testing Centers (PVTCs) at over 4,500 locations in the US.
150 minutes
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 humanities
Scale (cut) score of 145 for High School Equivalency, score of 165 for College Ready designation, and score of 175 for College Ready + Credit designation.


(Exam Time: 150 minutes). The exam is designed to provide students with the opportunity to show their achievement in reading and writing at the high school equivalency level, college readiness level, and college credit level, in the following areas of focus: the ability to read closely and to critically understand a range of increasingly complex texts taken from workplace and literary contexts, with an emphasis on non-fiction, although source materials from literature will also be included; the ability to marshal evidence and analyze arguments while also expressing oneself clearly and fluently in writing; and the ability to correctly apply basic grammar and usage conventions and to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words.

Skills Measured:

In alignment with career and college readiness standards, the GED® RLA assessment focuses on three essential groupings of skills:
1. The ability to read closely 2. The ability to write clearly 3. The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context The reading comprehension component of the GED® RLA Test is intended to measure two overarching reading standards that appear in the Career and College Ready Standards as Anchor Reading Standards 1 and 10, respectively. These two high-level standards broadly govern all aspects of passage selection and item development in the reading comprehension component of the GED® RLA Test. As candidates are asked to determine the main idea, the point of view, the meaning of words and phrases, and other inferences and claims, they are asked to do so based on texts that span a range of complexity, including texts at the career and college-readiness level.

1. Determine the details of what is explicitly stated and make logical inferences or valid claims that square with textual evidence.
2. Read and respond to questions from a range of texts that are from the upper levels of complexity, including texts at the career and college-ready level of text complexity.

The writing component integrates reading and writing into meaningful tasks that require candidates to support their written analysis with evidence drawn from a given source text(s) of appropriate complexity provided in the test. The following two high-level standards, which correspond with Career and College Ready Standards 9 and 6 respectively, broadly govern all aspects of the writing tasks.

1. Draw relevant and sufficient evidence from a literary or information text to support analysis and reflection.

2. Use technology to produce writing, demonstrating sufficient command of keyboarding skills.

Candidate responses are scored by a multi-trait rubric that focuses on three elements:
1. Trait 1: Analysis of Arguments and Use of Evidence.
2. Trait 2: Development of Ideas and Structure.
3. Trait 3: Clarity and Command of Standard English.

The language component of the GED® RLA Test measures a candidate's ability to demonstrate command of a foundational set of conventions of standard English that have been identified as most important for career and college readiness by higher education instructors of post-secondary entry-level, credit-bearing composition courses. This core set of skills includes essential components of grammar, usage, capitalization and punctuation. The GED® RLA Test includes editing items in an authentic context in which highlighted words or phrases appear in dropdown menus offering alternatives, which include a clear best choice alongside common errors or misconceptions.
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