The GED RLA test is to exploit your reading and writing skills. Following are a couple of strategies that you can use in order to simplify your RLA preparation.
- Monitor Your Understanding – As you glaze through the text, make sure that you are aware of what information you are absorbing and what information the questions require you to absorb. Be mindful that not all information is related to the answer, and you need to be efficient in filtering off that additional information so that you can get your answer as quickly as possible.
- Difficult Vocabulary – If you come across a difficult word, try to use sentence construction to figure out what the word could mean. Oftentimes, by continuing to read, you will figure out the meaning of the word without having to put much effort into it.
- Form a Mind Map – Create a mental map in your mind in order to understand and visualize the story being told in the context of the question. This will make the information in the text easier to understand, especially if it contains a complex sequence of information. Furthermore, this will give meaning to what you are reading and restrict your mind from wandering off and getting distracted.
- Learn to Think Objectively – Always use the information in the text to figure out your answer. Do not implement your own imagination or understanding to draw a conclusion. Use every bit of evidence from the question to come to a logical conclusion.
- Ask Questions – Constantly ask yourself before and after reading a question so that you have the plan to answer the question. Additionally, you should know exactly what information you are looking for, this will allow you to skip over all the irrelevant information
- Skip Answers – Do not waste your time on difficult questions, or questions you do not know how to answer. Skip over them rather than wasting time there, eventually, after you finish the rest of the questions, you can come back to the skipped questions and attempt them a second time.
Hunt for Keywords – Remember to notice important words in the questions such as names, dates, venues, etc. These words will ideally be present in the passage. Successfully locating them from the passage will allow you to quickly locate your answer.