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Ged Essay Subjects For 8th

20 interesting ideas for GED essay topics

GED essay topics can come in all different varieties. If you intend to write this test, it helps to have some experience with these types so you can know ahead of time which ones suit you best and which ones may take more than the allotted time to compete successfully. Bear the following in mind:

  • Does the essay require you to know things that you can’t learn under exam conditions?
  • Are you required to analyse subject matter that makes you nervous or uncomfortable?
  • Is this a topic that is likely to cause you to write something you will regret?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, consider other topics. Here is a list of some of the topics you may encounter. Try them out for size and decide which ones you like.

  1. Does a biological preference exist for smaller framed bodies over larger ones?
  2. Would it immoral for humans to consider colonising the galaxy given the state of our home world?
  3. Should the elderly and the terminally ill have the right to safe, painless, legal euthanasia?
  4. What does true love feel like?
  5. Do livestock animals experience deep emotional connections?
  6. Should the legal rights afforded to married couples be available to people who are not able to marry?
  7. What are the health benefits of plant based diets in childhood?
  8. How effective is body modification as a means of creative self-expression?
  9. How much of donated cash and items makes its way to the stated recipients of charity?
  10. Can diet and exercise counteract genetics to lead to significantly longer lifespans?
  11. Can animal rights and human rights be combined into a single concept of ‘rights’ which also covers the environment?
  12. The moment I felt most certain of success and should have been more humble
  13. What should parents be most conscious of when they try to cultivate relationships with their children?
  14. Has smart technology provided a net benefit to the lives of global citizens?
  15. What is the nature of addiction?
  16. What do you think is the most important thing a person can strive to achieve?
  17. Have creative pursuits become less rewarding than scientific and engineering related ones?
  18. Should cosmetic surgery not be available to people who do not have severe scarring or other disfiguring conditions?
  19. Should vegans consume insect based protein?
  20. Is humankind ready to colonise the universe?

Write on!

The Extended Response section of the GED can be very intimidating. But as momma used to say, “practice makes perfect.” The more familiar you become with the writing process, the better your chances of passing! Use our practice GED essay topics to help perfect your writing skills!

How to practice for the Extended Response section

  1. Set a timer for 45 minutes. This is how long you have to write your essay during the actual GED exam. It is best to practice under conditions that mimic the real test.
  2. Whenever possible, type your practice responses. During the GED, all your essays will be written on the computer.
  3. Always outline your answer first. Taking a few minutes at the beginning to structure your essay can save you valuable writing time later.
  4. Vary your response topics. The GED asks test-takers to write on a variety of subject matter. Prepare yourself by finding different prompts that stretch your writing abilities.
  5. Keep in mind that successful prompts generally contain 4-7 paragraphs with 3-7 sentences each. Whenever you practice, aim for essays that are in the 400-500 word range.
  6. Use specific evidence from the text when writing. Doing so creates a stronger essay by showing you read and understand the information presented.

For a more in-depth view of extended responses, check out the RLA Guide for Adult Educators. This is a complete overview of how to write a GED essay, as well as how the essay will be scored. Guidelines are given so that you can follow as closely as possible to a real testing situation.

Where to find practice GED Essay topics

When looking for GED essay topics online, keep in mind that not all sites reflect updated GED information. Many sites still list pre-2014 GED requirements for written responses. Writing topics that ask you to respond with a personal opinion are no longer featured on the current GED.
A quality GED essay topic always provides 2 articles written with opposing opinions. Your task is to read both articles, then determine which opinion is best supported throughout the text. Your personal opinion is never asked for or shared in your response.

GED Testing Services

Start here first! GED Testing Service is always a great place to find quality GED essay topics. This site has 5 different reading passages. Covering a range of topics, these passages provide conflicting arguments on issues such as cell phone usage, game-based learning, parenting, internet use and hosting the Olympics. Like many essay prompts, analyze the passages, then develop an essay based on which position is best supported by the text.

GED Practice Questions

In this prompt, two articles highlight differing perspectives on police militarization. In addition to regular essay instructions, a sample response is provided for review. The sample essay is a good example of what GED essays should look like. Compare your essay with the sample to see which areas need improvement.

GED Test for Dummies

Taken directly from their book, Dummies authors present arguments for and against making cyberbullying a criminal defense. After reading both arguments, write your essay explaining which opinion is best supported. Always use specific evidence found in the text to validate your essay.
For tips on how to determine which argument is stronger, Dummies also provides step-by-step guided instruction in essay writing.

How to Pass the GED

The topics here vary from Miranda Rights to Santa Claus. For each GED essay topic, two opposing opinions are shared. You write on the one that is better represented. In addition to the prompts, the site explains the process that goes into writing a 5-paragraph GED essay for the Extended Response section.
Another bonus: essays for BOTH sides of the argument are provided. Each essay is outlined and thoroughly explained according to the site’s guidelines. For a comprehensive view of how to compose an essay, this is a great site to visit.

ACE Leon Evidence-Based Writing Prompts

Although these prompts are not framed in the true GED extended response format, they still offer a great way to practice. There are over 7 different writing topics to choose from. Because this is evidence-based writing, structures are in place to help guide your responses.

Create your own GED essay topics

If you get to a point where you can’t find any more practice writing prompts, consider making up your own. GED essay topics generally reflect current events. Find an article that expresses an opinion on any topic, and write an essay analyzing that information.
Practicing the components of quality essay writing is helpful no matter what topic you focus on. Just make sure you cite evidence from the article in your essay!
We have lots more GED information waiting for you! Check out any of our great Magoosh blogs for loads of GED tips, guides and resources.

About Beth Gonzales

Beth is an educator and freelance creative designer who devises innovative and fun-loving solutions for clients. She works with families, students, teachers and small businesses to create and implement programs, campaigns and experiences that help support and maximize efforts to grow communities who critically think, engage and continue to learn.

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