Understanding your scores
Your GED® test score provides an estimate of your knowledge and skill in each content area compared to that of recent high school graduates. You should have two different scores on each content area: standard score and percentile rank.
Ranges from 200 to 800 and compares your performance in a content area to the performance of a graduating high school senior. The average standard score is 500 for each content area, but a minimum of 410 is required to pass.
Ranges from 1 to 99 and indicates the percentage of graduating high school seniors who earned scores at or below your test score. Percentile rank of 54 means that 54 percent of graduating high school seniors earned your score or lower.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PASS?
GED Testing Service sets the passing score standard for the battery at the level where 60 percent of graduating high school seniors scored on the test. Currently, the minimum passing score set by GED Testing Service is an average of 450 or higher on each content area test (a total standard score of 2250 or higher). In addition, you have to score at least 410 or higher in each content area. Most jurisdictions use this passing standard requirement, but there are jurisdictions that set the passing standard requirement higher than 410. No jurisdictions may set the passing standard requirement lower than 410.
The passing standard allows test-takers to make up for performance in one content area by stronger performance in another (i.e. a low score in mathematics can be boosted by a higher score in science as long as the lowest score is 410 or better).
- Find your state’s passing standards on each state policy page.
- Contact your local testing center with any additional questions.
INTERPRET YOUR GED® TEST SCORES
Trying to interpret GED® test scores from past and present can be difficult. There have been different types of scores and tests in the program’s 70 year history, so a test-taker’s score in 1982 can’t really be compared to a test-taker’s score in 2009.
For 60 years, GED® test scores ranged from 20 to 80. In 2002, the test started using a 3-digit score that ranged between 200 and 800. However, comparing a 2-digit score to a 3-digit score isn’t as easy as adding a zero to the end of the 2-digit score. Read the short “Interpreting Your GED® Test Scores” PDF to learn more about understanding GED® test scores.
RETAKING THE GED® TEST
Didn’t earn a passing score on one or more of the GED® tests? Don’t give up. You can retest in one content area a total of three times a year. We’ll save your scores on the subjects you did pass, and combine them with the scores you receive when you test again.
Learn more about retaking the GED® test.
TEST ON COMPUTER
Learn about GED® testing on computer.
Get more details about understanding your GED® test scores.
RETAKE THE TEST
What if I don’t pass all five content areas the first time?