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GED Test Results: How to Find and Interpret Your Score?

You can obtain a transcript of your GED scores by contacting your testing center. Students who have questions about their scores can learn more about the exam and what a passing score means below.

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Finding and Understanding Your GED Score

Taking the GED

The General Educational Development (GED) exam is a series of tests that measure the skills typically acquired in secondary school. It was created by the American Council on Education (ACE) and is designed for adults who don't have a high school diploma. Subjects covered by the GED include:

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Language arts: writing
  • Language arts: reading

Students who pass the exam receive a high school equivalency credential that, according to ACE, is accepted by the vast majority of employers and colleges in the U.S. (www.acenet.edu).

Although ACE monitors the GED, it is administered by individual states at testing centers, community colleges and high schools.

Getting Your GED Score

Most GED test takers will automatically receive a score report after taking the exam. Students may also request an additional transcript of their scores by contacting the center where they took the test by phone or mail. A GED transcript request form is available on the ACE website for individuals in correctional facilities, military personnel and other overseas test takers.

Students who plan to use their GED scores to apply to a college or university will need to follow the same procedures to have a copy of their GED transcripts sent to the admissions offices.

What the GED Score Means

Each section of the GED is assigned a separate score. The tests are scored in two ways: The 'standard score,' which ranges from 200 to 800, and the 'percentile rank,' which ranges from 1-99. Because the test is designed to measure the skills acquired in secondary school, both scores are measured in relation to recent high school graduates.

The standard score directly compares the test taker's performance to those of graduating high school seniors who took the test. The average score for these students is always set at 500.

The percentile rank indicates how many graduating high school seniors scored at or below your score. For example, if a test taker earned a 510 on the math test, a 55 percentile rank score would mean that 55% of graduating high school seniors earned a 510 or lower.

Passing Scores

To pass the GED, test takers must earn a minimum standard score of 410 on each content area test and an average of 450 or greater across the test, for a total standard score of at least 2250. This allows students to compensate for weakness in one area by being exceptionally strong in another area. There is no minimum passing requirement for the percentile score because it is simply a relative rank.

Retaking the Test

Students who did not receive a passing standard score can retake the content area tests two more times in the calendar year, for a total of three tests per year. Most students will only need to retake the individual subject area tests that they did not pass. Final scores represent a combination of students' scores on the areas they passed during their first tests and passing scores from re-tests.

Students who need to retake one or more GED content areas should contact the center from which they previously took the exam. They may also consider pursuing GED study options, such as online practice tests and preparation courses.

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