Writing an essay for the GED test can seem like a daunting task. You must think critically and logically about a topic, provide a clear structure and argument for your essay, and write persuasively and concisely without unnecessary details or filler.
The task can be especially difficult as essays are a relatively new addition to the test.
Fortunately, breaking down the task into smaller steps can help your writing stand out for all the right reasons.
First, read the prompt carefully. Pay attention to the two different perspectives in the prompt and identify the writing task.
Is the task to explain, evaluate, or compare the two perspectives provided? Understanding what is expected of you is essential for preparation.
Second, use the planning stage to help you organize and ensure you’ve answered the prompt.
Jot down your thoughts on the perspectives and the key points you want to make, and use these to develop a basic outline.
Moving quickly will help you stay focused and capture key ideas.
Third, move into the drafting process. Fill your essay with evidence and examples that back up your argument.
Only include what is necessary and relevant to your argument. Use topic sentences at the start of each paragraph to show the reader the direction of your argument, and make sure all of your ideas are explored and supported.
Finally, take time to reflect on your essay and make sure it is up to standard.
Check for any grammar, spelling, or logical errors, and make the necessary corrections.
Go back and review the prompt in order to confirm that your argument answers the question—did you provide clear evidence to support your argument?
Writing an essay for the GED test may initially feel overwhelming.
However, breaking down each step of the process and being well prepared will help you craft an excellent essay that will satisfy the test requirements.