Putting the GED Goal in Perspective

The goal here is to help students see how the skills assessed on the GED are also important in life - which is why employers and society value the GED. The activities should help learners see that there are other skills they need besides those assessed on the GED to fulfill the responsibilities they face as adults.


  1. Start off the discussion by saying something like, "The GED stands for something. Why do you think everybody wants to see you get this thing? What do people think you can do if you have a GED?" List on newsprint.
  2. Refer to the EFF Standards Wheel. List the standards that could help you do the things on your list. Look over the Common Activities. Note all those that could help you do the things on your list.
  3. Divide students into groups. Assign each group one section of the GED Practice Test to work on together. Have each group examine the kinds of skills and knowledge required for the test. Share. Will studying the test content, only, prepare you to do everything on your list? How can you prepare for all the skills and knowledge that passing the test requires? Discuss ways that EFF can help you do both.
Using the Tool in Practice:

"Almost all the students say they want to get their GED or they want to read better. We ask them why they want to get their GED (or read better). Then they will say something like: "to get a job," "to feel better about myself," or "to show my kids." We keep questioning until we get to the root and help the student identify a goal around that.

We say the GED is your long term goal, but right now you want to improve your skills enough to X (get a job, or to read the Bible or newspaper, or to read to your kids, or whatever they say).

Then look at the skills wheel and discuss the student's strengths and weaknesses and set a goal or two around the skills as they relate to whatever the student wanted to do. Sometimes the student has to do a little research before setting the goal, such as finding out what skills employers are looking for. We also ask the students to identify and write down on the goal sheet how they will know when they have met their goal."
- Jane Meyer, Canton Even Start

Used in Teaching/Learning Examples:

Measurement in a Real World Setting
Reading About Discipline