GED Practice Test Reading

Reading content area of the Reasoning Through Language Arts accounts for approximately 50% of the test. Fictional literature comprises 75 percent of the reading questions and includes at least one selection from each of the following areas:

  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Prose fiction before 1920
  • Prose fiction between 1920 and 1960
  • Prose fiction after 1960

The nonfiction section comprises 25% of the reading questions and includes two selections of nonfiction prose from any two of the following areas:

  • Nonfiction prose
  • Visual and performing arts reviews
  • Workplace and community documents


Each passage will feature a beginning, a middle, and an end. You will not be given only part of a passage and expected to understand the context. Since GED® test-takers are all ages and from many different backgrounds, each passage is examined chosen to make sure people from all walks of life will be able to relate to it.

Before you read each passage, you’ll see a “purpose question.” The purpose question is designed to focus your attention to a specific purpose, so you’ll be more prepared to answer the questions at the end of the passage. There will be 4 to 8 questions per passage

Our GED Reading practice tests have TEN QUESTIONS. Each question is displayed one at a time. You may not skip any of the questions. You’ll immediately be shown your score at the end of the test.

Click a link below to begin one of our free Reading GED practice tests.

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