GED Writing Tips

The GED Testing Service provides the following tips.

Steps for Drafting a Constructed Response
1. Read the passage and question
2. Unpack the prompt (identify key words)
3. Rewrite the question and turn the question into a thesis statement
4. Collect relevant details from the passage
5. Organize details into logical order (using a graphic organizer sometimes helps)
6. Draft an answer
7. Reread and edit/revise the answer, making sure all parts of the question are answered

Creating a Thesis Statement
A thesis is an answer to a specific question. A thesis statement makes a claim or proposition that reflects a specific point of view. The thesis statement should recognize both sides of a question, yet focus on two to three specific points (discussion points) sometimes called points of analyses. A thesis statement is the roadmap for the written response. The place of the thesis statement is generally located in the introduction and summarized in the conclusion of a writing sample.

Tips for Writing a Strong Extended Response Essay
Though these tips are targeted towards test-takers, they can be helpful in shaping the focus of your tutoring sessions with students. All students will need to know how to write strong extended response essays for the GED, regardless of which exam(s) they are taking.

  • Determine which position presented in the passage(s) is better supported by evidence from the passage(s)
  • Explain why the position you chose is the better-supported one
  • Remember, the better-supported position is not necessarily the position with which you agree
  • Defend your assertions with multiple pieces of evidence from the passage(s)
  • Build your main points thoroughly
  • Put your main points in logical order and tie your details to your main points
  • Organize your response carefully and consider your audience, message, and purpose
  • Use transitional words or phrases to connect sentences, paragraphs, and ideas
  • Choose words carefully to express your ideas clearly
  • Vary your sentence structure to enhance the flow and clarity of your response
  • Reread and revise your response to correct any errors in grammar, usage, or punctuation
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