GED® Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA): Scoring

If you’re planning on taking the GED Reasoning through Language Arts test, it’s important to know how the test is scored. The GED Reasoning through Language Arts test, or RLA for short, is a language arts test that assesses your reading and writing skills. The test consists of multiple-choice questions and an extended response, which is an essay that you have to write.

The scoring for the RLA test is based on two factors: the number of correct answers you get for the multiple-choice questions and the quality of your extended response. The multiple-choice questions make up about 80% of the score and are scored based on the number of correct answers. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so you should always guess when you don’t know the right answer.

The extended response makes up about 20% of your score. The quality of your essay is assessed based on several factors, including your ability to clearly and effectively communicate your ideas, your use of evidence and examples to support your argument, and your ability to use proper grammar and punctuation.

Once your multiple-choice questions and extended response have been scored, your raw score will be placed on a range from 100 to 200. In order to pass the RLA test, you must score at least 145. If you score between 165 and 174, you may be able to avoid placement testing or developmental education requirements in college. If you score between 175 and 200, you may also earn up to three college credit hours. In other words, a high score on the GED RLA can save you time and money!

It’s important to note that your scores on the RLA test never expire. In most states, you can retake the test twice with no delay. However, if you need to take the test more than three times, you may need to wait a couple of months between attempts. Your scores will be available online within 24 hours, and you will receive an email letting you know when they are ready.

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