We continue to work on improving and simplifying the student journey for taking and passing the GED.
A big step in preparing to take the GED involves the GED Ready practice test. The practice test measures how likely a student is to pass the GED and identifies skills to focus on and study. We are currently working on improving various areas of the GED Ready score report to make it more useful for students.
Over the next few months, we will be developing new features and conducting A/B tests with students to decide which features to adopt. Below are some of the updates that we’ll be testing:
Linking the study tool via pop-up
Linking a study tool in the Score Report helps to further guide students so they know exactly which pages or sections to study based on the skills they need to focus on. A number of our students don’t link their current study tool and are missing out on valuable study guidance.
Some of our students shared with us that they aren’t linking their tool in the Score Report because they don’t always know the name of their book or online resource, but if they saw a picture of the cover it would help them to find and link it more easily.
We believe if we provide them with a visual upfront, this will make it easier for students to link their study material. During our A/B test, we will track whether or not more students are linking a study tool and will roll out the new feature to everyone if successful.
Single page view for RLA Score Reports
We are providing a cleaner single page view vs. having a separate tab for the written response portion of the Reasoning Through Language Arts score report. We are also adding some new written response resources to help students prepare. As part of our A/B test, we will track how many students are scrolling down to the written response section on the single page versus clicking on the separate tab as well as monitor who many students use the additional resources.
New printed score report
We’ve been in touch with educators for feedback as well. When teachers print out the score report, we learned that many want an area where they can write notes for their students regarding the skills to focus on. This new feature will be included in a re-formatted version of the printed score report which will be available soon.
New format for the Skills List
Reformatting the skills list will make it more usable for our students. We will be moving the study pages on top of the skill and removing the skills headers. Students didn’t find the skills to be helpful on their own, and most students just wanted to get right to the pages they needed to study. We‘ll also be adding check marks so that students can track their study progress.
“Retake your GED Ready” option at the bottom of the skills list
This would serve as a convenient reminder for students to check their readiness for the GED by taking another GED Ready practice test.
This will be a guided experience within the Score Report to walk students through what to do next, after discovering how they scored on the practice test.
As we mentioned, we’ll be testing these features over the next few months, so you may have some students who see the new features and some who may not yet. As we see success with the new features, we will roll them out to all students. We anticipate that these updates will make the score report more useful for students and will help to improve the overall GED student journey.