GED Practice Essay: Revising the Conclusion

Okay! I’m on the final step of revising my practice GED essay. That’s the conclusion. I think a good conclusion is really important on the GED. The GED readers look for organization, and a good conclusion shows good organization. The GED readers are also people…and people like a good conclusion. It leaves you with a good impression, since it’s the last thing you read. Continue reading

GED Practice Essay: Revising the Third Paragraph

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’m revising my GED essay. Going through the same questions with each paragraph gives me practice using the questions to revise… and these are the questions GED readers use to grade the GED essay test. That’s what you want to do… make your GED essay fit what the GED readers look for. Continue reading

Sample GED Essay

Here’s the timed GED essay I wrote, using this practice question:

What is one important goal you would like to achieve in the next few years?

In your essay, identify that one goal and explain how you plan to achieve it. Use your personal observations, experience, and knowledge to support your essay.

Now here’s my essay:


Much of my life has been about caring for other people. I cared for my husband and my children. Now, I am on my own. I need to care for myself and think about who I am. The GED is my first step toward my goal: finding something meaningful to do with my life.

This goal is not as clear-cut as goals like becoming a nurse or a pharmacist. However, defining what the goal means is part of the goal. The first step I will take is to try to understand what it most meaningful to me. Do I want to work toward a greater social good? Should I concentrate on bringing small pleasures to people?

Once I understand my priorities, I need to look for an activity that will work with my priorities. This may mean finding a new career, or it may mean finding volunteer work to fit into my life. Either way, the skills I’ve learned while studying for my GED will help me write a resume, apply for positions, and talk with people.

I look forward to using my growing skills in something that I find fulfilling. I am happy to have spent my life caring for my family, and I am equally happy to now have time to pursue new interests. Defining those interests is a journey that is just beginning.


Let me know what you think!

GED Test Essay: Drafting the Middle

I’m still working on that GED essay to prepare for the test. Last time, I showed you how I drafted the first paragraph of a GED practice essay. Doing the first paragraph takes a little extra time, I think, because you want to make a good impression on the GED test readers. The middle is easier for me. So, here’s how I drafted the middle of the GED writing essay: Continue reading

GED Essay Scoring: Being Organized!

One of the things your GED essay is scored on is whether it’s organized. It’s got to all work together, and it’s got to be easy to follow. In other words, you’ve got to write something that makes sense. The basic idea of organization is simple, especially since the GED essay is pretty short: You’ve got to have a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Continue reading

GED Essay: More About Brain Freeze

Vic wrote:

Well Good advice. But still unable to get Idea or moving to start to write essay I am worried to take my test on January 15th . and I need to start or just giving up. I did try reading every day for one month and copying others. Or, what was the other word for copying statements making it your own?
Still having hard time to come up with an idea to write!

Okay, Vic, here’s some more advice! Hopefully we can get you going: Continue reading

GED Essay: Brain Freeze on Essay Topics!!

Hello, everyone! Tanya wrote a good question, and I thought I’d put it in a blog post, too. She writes:

Im takeing my test next week,and I have a question about,how I start out an essay.Im also a little nervouse about,when they give you a topic,you have to write about it,my brain kinda freezes up.what if I can’t think of anything?How do I go about this? Please help!

Hi, Tanya! I know the essay can be a little intimidating. Here are some things to help… Continue reading