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GED® Preparation for the Essay

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Course Description

This test prep course will focus on the basic skills necessary to successfully complete the GED essay (GED Language and Arts Writing Test Part 2).  The majority of students preparing to take a GED test will often have the greatest problem with the essay exam.  GED students often lack the confidence, the experience, and  the skills required to write a passing essay. This course will provide each of these factors; and GED students will gain the confidence (because of course informational tips and strategies),  and gain experience and skills (with the course writing essay practice and grammar review) to successfully tackle the GED essay test.

This course will focus on the Essay portion of the GED exam.

Other courses in this preparation series include:


10767 - GED Preparation for the Social Studies Exam

13887 - GED Preparation for the Science Exam

16033 - GED Preparation for the Math Exam

14355 - GED Preparation for the Language Arts, Writing, Part 1


-or the complete study of the GED exam-

5298 - GED Preparation

This course is a preparation course only. You cannot take the GED test online. UniversalClass does not administer state-sanctioned GED tests.

We recommend the following steps to pass the official, state-administered, GED test:

  1. Enroll in a GED Preparation course (such as this one)
  2. Purchase all recommended GED Preparation books and materials
  3. Study all course materials
  4. Take all practice tests in the course and book materials
  5. After you have mastered all material and passed all tests, you must sign up for the state-administered GED test
  6. Take the GED test in person approved by both your state and the American Council on Education with a proctor
  7. If you pass the state-administered GED test, the state will issue you a GED diploma
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Course Lessons

6/27/2017 1:21:45 PM


Information about the GED Essay Exam 0 Total Points

Writing Strategies Followed in Preparing for Your Essay

This lesson will provide a recommended structure to divide up the essay time period. In addition, this lesson will review how to take notes and provide an outline to help you write on a essay topic. 14 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Preparing for the GED Essay; A Formula for Success
  • Complete Assignment: Essay Writing Practice (part 2)
  • Complete Assignment: Practice Preparing for the Essay (Part 1)

Writing an Essay

In this lesson you will practice writing. You will be expanding your notes and outline into the final essay. 14 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Sample Essay Questions; How to Write a GED Essay
  • Complete Assignment: Essay Writing Practice (Part 4)
  • Complete Assignment: Practice Preparing for the Essay (Part 3)

Types of Essays

Here we will review the various essay types you may be answering, such as explanatory topic or opinion topics. 4 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Essay Topics; GED Language Arts Writing Test
  • Complete Exam: Practice Essay 1

Revising Your Essay

Revision, a very important part in writing a passing essay 4 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: First Revisions; Writing Essay Study Guide
  • Complete Exam: Practice Essay 2

Review of Sentence Structures and Writing Tips

Effective essay writing will require a basic understanding of sentence structures rules. 0 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Sentence Structure Questions; Sentence Structure Study Guide

Review of Paragraphs and Writing Tips

Effective essay writing will require a basic understanding of the organization of paragraphs. 0 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Tips To Use While Writing the GED Essay; Writing Tips

Scoring Guide

How the GED essay is scored, and the content areas evaluated will be explained 4 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Practice Test 3
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe writing strategies followed in preparing for your essay.
  • Write an essay.
  • Identify types of essays.
  • Revise an essay.
  • Describe the GED scoring guide, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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