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Crosswalk for Workplace Essential Skills and GED Preparation

Workplace Essential Skills (WES) combines video, print and online learning to help pre-GED level adults get into the job market and get ahead. Many of the same reading, writing and math skills adults need for work are also essential to succeeding on the GED exam. The crosswalk below shows how the skills in WES help learners get ready for GED preparation.

Writing Skills

WES Program Workplace Skills Pre-GED Skills
13: A Process for Writing Understand the purpose of workplace writing

Produce accurate and well-organized messages

Follow a writing process

Present facts and produce professional-looking messages

Focus on receiver's needs

Avoid slang

Write clearly and to the point

Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
Understand the importance of audience and purpose in writing

Follow a writing process

  • Prewrite
  • Draft
  • Revise
  • Edit
  • Publish
Write clearly and to the point

Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling

14: Supplying Information: Directions, Forms, and Charts Write labels, signs, lists, instructions, forms, and charts

Organize the information and write clearly

Learn about types of forms and their purposes

Fill out forms completely and on time

Read forms and gather needed information
Write short narrative and explanatory messages

Organize the information and write clearly

Put information together accurately and completely

Provide support, details, and examples
15: Writing Memos and Letters Think about the purpose of letters, memos, and reports

Consider the writer's needs

Select the best format

Draft, revise, and proofread your work
Use narrative writing to tell a story, expository to explain, and persuasive to persuade

Use the writing process approach

Reading Skills

WES Program Workplace Skills Pre-GED Skills
16: Reading for a Purpose Understand the purpose of workplace reading materials

Learn to adjust reading to different purposes

Skim headings, captions, and so on

Scan to look for specific information

Use reading strategies such as notetaking, highlighting, and restating
Understand the purpose of reading materials

Learn to adjust reading to different purposes

Skim headings, captions, etc.

Scan to look for specific information

Use reading strategies such as notetaking, highlighting, and restating
17: Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts Know the purpose

Skim first, then read more carefully

Pay attention to details; determine what is essential

Read titles and headings

Proofread forms that you have filled in

Ask about anything you don't understand
Know the purpose of reading materials

Skim before you read

Read for main ideas and details

Read titles and headings on charts and tables
18: Following Directions To understand directions, restate to yourself, take notes, explain to a co-worker

To read a diagram or other workplace drawing, read titles, headings, legends

To make sure you understand a workplace diagram summarize to yourself

To make sure you can understand a diagram or instructions, ask about what you don't understand
To understand written information, restate to yourself, take notes, explain to another student

To read a science or social studies diagram, read titles, headings, and legends

19: Reading Reports and Manuals Know the different types of documents and their purpose and format

Skim and scan to find the information you need

Use multiple sources of information as needed

Apply information to complete a job or solve a problem
Know the different types of reading materials, their purposes, and formats

Skim and scan to find needed information

Read to apply information to another situation

Math Skills

WES Program Workplace Skills Pre-GED Skills
20: Number Sense Read, write, and order numbers

Group and sort numbers

Find patterns

Round and estimate
Read, write, and order numbers

Group and sort numbers

Find patterns

Round and estimate
21: Solving Problems Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and money

Estimate solutions

Calculator Skills
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and money

Estimate solutions

Calculator Skills
22: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Read and compare decimals, fractions, and percents

Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals

Use ratio and proportion

Solve percent problems
Read and compare decimals, fractions, and percents

Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals

Use ratio and proportion

Solve percent problems
23: Measurements and Formulas Know how to measure and what tools to use

Take careful and accurate measurements

Record measurements with accurate labels

Choose the formula that is needed Work with and convert units of measure

Record measurements with accurate labels

Choose the formula that is needed

Work with and convert units of measure
24: Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data Understand how data is collected and organized

Read bar graphs, circle graphs, and line graphs

Understand spreadsheets

Find averages

Draw conclusions based on data and seeing trends
Understand how data is collected and organized

Read bar graphs, circle graphs, and line graphs

Find averages

Draw conclusions based on data and seeing trends

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