GED Language – Questions You Need To Answer To Pass

The GED® Language test is 150 minutes long and has about 53 questions from 3 main categories: Grammar, Reading, and Writing.

So let’s see how many questions you need to answer correctly to pass the GED RLA (Reasoning through Language Arts) test.

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You will also be asked to write an essay.

An essay is worth 20% of the whole Reasoning through Language Arts score.

The test contains questions from these 3 categories: Reading 45%; Writing 35%; Grammar 20%.

If you are good at writing essays and you can score a max number of points, you need to answer correctly 32 questions. But if you are NOT, and your essay will get 0 points, you need to answer 42 questions correctly.

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Reading comprehension is important in this test. You’ll get the most mileage out of learning to read the passages more effectively.

Once you learn to read for the big picture, you’ll be in a better position to answer most of the questions you’ll be asked about a passage.


Focus on the six most commonly tested points of English Grammar on the GED. They will make a significant difference in your ability to pass the GED RLA Test.

  • Subject-Verb agreement
  • Pronouns
  • Idioms
  • Punctuations
  • Verb Tenses

So hopefully, you’ll now understand see how many questions you need to answer correctly to pass the GED RLA test.

Time Management

Our most basic fundamental time management strategy is called the 3/5 split, and this is designed to put the emphasis on the right place, on the questions where students actually will get points.

Students have never scored a single point on the GED test for reading a passage.

You have to, of course, answer the questions.

This pacing guideline emphasizes that you need to spend eight minutes per passage.

Three minutes for reading the text or skimming the text and five minutes for answering questions. It is a very simple pacing guideline, but it’s very effective.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2024.