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GED Language Arts Writing Practice Test 2
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The passage below will be used for 15 questions. Read the passage and answer question <1>


DIRECTIONS: In the passage below, certain phrases are underlined and numbered <x>. The question will present alternatives for the underlined part.  In most cases. you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is the best, choose "NO CHANGE".

J.K. Rowling

[1]
While many people may get frustrated with train delays, Joanne Rowling turned her experience into a life-changing story. She began writing about a young wizard while delayed at a Manchester station stop, and brought Harry Potter to life <1>over the next five years. The Philosopher’s Stone was the first of seven children’s books published under her pen name J. K. The Harry Potter series has sold over 447 million copies worldwide and been translated into seventy-three languages, including Latin and Ancient Greek.<2>

[2]
When the Philosopher’s Stone was published <3>in 1997, the book industry had given up on young readers. It’s <4>first edition was a mere 500 books, and most copies were sent to public libraries across England. By the time Rowling’s seventh Harry Potter novel was published in 2007, Rowling had already become the woman who put a new face on children’s literacy. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, the final installation, has <5>a word count of nearly 1.1 million words, and sold 11 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.<6>

[3]
Today, Rowling spends much <7>of her time working with her foundation, Lumos, which is named after a spell in the Potter series that brought light into darkness. <8>She founded <9>the nonprofit organization after seeing a photograph of a child in a caged bed who appeared to be screaming through its chain links. Rowling was overcome by the image that she <10>vowed to use her money and popularity to raise awareness of the 8 million children who live in such institutions globally. According to research, over 80% of orphaned children have living relatives which <11>cannot care for them because of poverty or disability. The staff at Lumos equip families with necessary resources to provide for their children rather than leaving them institutionalized. Lumos’ long-term goal is the closure of every orphanage around the world, by returning all children to live with its <12>families, either biological or adoptive.

[4]
Rowling once said, “Happiness can be found in the darkest places if one only remembers to turn on the light”. <13>J. K. Rowling has created happiness for millions of children through make- believe stories of triumph and real-life stories of hope.<15>

The underlined portion <1> most likely means






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GED Test Information

The GED (General Educational Development) Tests are a set of five subject tests designed to certify that a student has the academic skills normally acquired by completing a typical high school program of study.  The GED Tests are always given in person at one of 3,400 testing locations nationwide.  Candidates for the GED tests are individuals who have not earned a high school diploma. 

The GED Tests are standardized regularly by testing a sample of graduating high school seniors. This standardization process sets the benchmark that candidates must achieve to earn a GED credential.  Currently, students pass the tests by achieving a GED score higher than the top 60 percent of graduating high school seniors. The GED credential is issued by the state (territory or province) that the student resides in.  The GED credential is typically considered to be equivalent to a high school diploma.

GED Scores

Your GED Scores are comprised of two items: your GED standard score and your percentile rank.  Each of the five main GED tests (writing, social studies, science, reading, mathematics) is scored on a scale of 200-800.  The percentile rank ranges from 1 to 99.

The GED Standard Score is intended to compare your performance relative to graduating seniors who took the test.  The scoring system is normalized so that the average standard score is 500 for each test in the battery (i.e., about half of the seniors who took the test scored 500 or above).

The percentile rank measures how you did relative to graduating seniors who took the test.  For example, if your percentile rank were 74, it would imply that 74% of the graduating seniors who took the test score at or below your score.

Your GED test score is determined by first calculating your raw score, and then determining a scaled score.  Your raw GED Score is determined by giving you 1 point for each correct answer and 0 points for each incorrect answer.  Your raw score is then “equated” to derive a scaled score.  A scaled score reduces the impact of different test versions and the students who take specific versions.

Sources:

Some questions are from the following sources:

Erik Jacobsen at www.erikthered.com/tutor

From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations".  Internet. Available from www.nysedregents.org; accessed 8/29/2011.

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