Language Arts GED Program

The Onsego GED Language Arts Course helps you master the Language Arts part of the GED exam. It entirely correlates with the GED test and includes everything you need to take the GED® Language Arts subtest successfully.

What you’ll learn

  • How to answer grammar, writing, and reading questions correctly
  • How to write the GED Essay
  • How to take the GED Language Arts subtest confidently

This course includes 6 modules with lessons that cover everything you need to know to pass the GED Language Arts subtest.

When you take the Onsego course, you will be gradually exposed to techniques leveraging your reading and writing skills to the next level.

Every lesson contains a video, text, and a short quiz, and this combination gives you the possibility of getting familiar with the topics in multiple ways.

At the end of each module, a more extended practice test with explanations helps you summarize what you have learned.

We invite you to pay special attention to the module about writing the GED Essay (extended response).

The lessons included in this module are full of tips, strategies, and templates that make writing the essay a simple task.

We also publish sample topics and examples of essays that got maximum points.

The GED Language Arts course is available as a stand-alone course in our Essentials plan and is part of the My Advantage plan.


How long does it take to prepare for the GED Language Arts test?

The Language Course includes 8 learning hours of materials.

So, if you study just 1 hour a day, you will be ready in 2 weeks to pass the GED Language Arts subtest.

What topics are on the GED Language Arts subtest?

You need to be able to answer questions that check your reading comprehension skills and usage of the English language. Additionally, you need to write a 350-400 words argumentative essay.

Can I check how it works?

Sure, here is a sample lesson and a quiz.

Sample Lesson

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Colon use

In English writing, the colon is among the most often misused punctuation marks. Most writers, in the beginning, understand that the colon is used with lists. Many are not aware, however, of all the other times when a colon should be used. The colon should also be used, for example, after independent clauses.

The following three rules tell us when we should be using a colon:

Rule 1: We must use a colon right after an independent clause when followed by a list.

For example:

  • She bought several things at the grocery store: bread, eggs, fruit, and milk.
  • She was enjoying her classes last semester: Psychology 101, History 225, and English 121.

Did you notice that there are independent clauses preceding the colons in the above sentences? In the next two sentences, there are no independent clauses, so using colons would be incorrect:

  • Incorrect: She bought several things at the grocery store such as: bread, eggs, fruit, and milk.
  • Incorrect: She was enjoying her classes last semester, which were: Psychology 101, History 225, and English 121.

Rule 2: We must use a colon right after an independent clause when followed by a quotation.

For example:

  • The English writing tutor handed me some fantastic advice on my GED essay: “Be sure that everything in your essay is relating to your thesis statement.”
  • My English poetry teacher used her most favorite quote from Robert Frost regularly: “Nothing gold can stay.”

Rule 3: We must use a colon between 2 independent clauses if the second independent clause explains or emphasizes the first independent clause.

For example:

  • His grandfather gave him some fantastic advice: he told him to always work hard and get well-educated.
  • She always recommended the local Spanish restaurant to her visitors: the prices are very reasonable and the menu is quite extensive.

Note: Keep in mind that in business writing, a colon should always be used after salutations.

For example:

  • Dear President Carter:
  • To Whom It May Concern:

Sample Quiz Question

What sentence uses the colon in the correct way?