GED® Score Enhancements Resources
GED Testing Service has recommended a recalibration of the GED® test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels. These enhancements have now been applied in most states and were made after extensive analysis of test-takers’ performance data from the past 18 months. Please use the resources on this page to learn more about the changes to the GED® program.
- The passing score for high school equivalency has moved from 150 to 145, for all test subjects.*
- The new “GED® College Ready” performance level (score of 165-174) signifies readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses.
- The new “GED® College Ready + Credit” level (score of 175-200) signifies that a student qualifies for up to ten hours of college credit.
- The GED® test continues to measure the problem solving and critical thinking skills valued by employers and necessary for adults to succeed in the workplace and career or college programs.
- In most states test-takers who scored between 145-149 on the GED® test prior to the new passing score recalibration will now be eligible for their state's GED® credential.*
*A few states are still evaluating the recommendations, or are working with policymakers to change state rules where applicable. These states require more time for consideration of approval, planning and implementation. Updates will continue to be added to this page as approvals and timelines for those states are determined.
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