Writing an Extended Response for the GED®

As of January 2014, you are responsible for answering an Extended Response Essay in the GED® Exam.
You must write an Extended Response for the

  • GED® RLA Exam

**You will have 45 minutes to respond.
**Your response should be four to five paragraphs in length.

  • Social Studies Exam

**Social Studies, you will have 25 minutes to respond.
**Your response will be closer to three or four paragraphs in length.

GED® Scoring Criterion:

(Source: GED®TestingService.com)
You will be scored on THREE criterion.
For each criterion, you may earn 0, 1, or 2 points based on how well you accomplished each task. These points will then be totaled to give your score. Below are the three scoring criterion. 

1. Creation of Arguments and the Use of Evidence
Did you make a claim and then use evidence in the passages to support your point?
2. Development of Ideas and Organizational Structure
Are your ideas and claims presented in a logical way? Is there a natural flow of ideas to your response?
3. Clarity and Understanding of English Conventions
Do you use proper grammar or do your errors make it difficult for readers to understand your point?

Extended Response Writing Process

STEP 1. Read the Prompt.

Before you read the actual passage, read the prompt. This way, as you are reading the passage, you will be able to:

  • Form an opinion that directly relates to the question in the prompt
  • Look for ideas and details that could make your opinion into a clear argument

STEP 2. Read the Provided Passage.

As you are reading, you should be collecting details to use in your response

STEP 3. Form a Thesis Statement.

Your thesis rewrites the question and makes a claim in order to become your thesis statement.

Your thesis:

  • is the argument that you are making in your Extended Response.
  • makes a claim that you can support with evidence from the text.
  • outlines the path that your paper will take.