GED scores are intended to represent a student's academic capabilities compared to recent high school graduates. Although the purpose of you GED score is to evaluate you compared to recent high school graduates, it is not intended to be a complete assessment of your entire academic capabilities. In 2014, the GED scoring approach was modified to more accurately represent a student's performance compared to a national sample of high school graduates from the class of 2013. Your GED Scores are comprised of two items: your GED cut score and your percentile rank. Each of the four main GED tests (reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, social studies, and science) is scored on a scale of 100-200. The percentile rank ranges from 1 to 99.
From 2014 onwards, each subject on the GED test will have a passing score of 150. Students will need to score at least a 150 on each subject and a total score of 600 or higher for all four subjects in order to receive the GED test credential. If a student scores a 170 or greater on any subject they will also earn an "Honors" score.
Your GED test score is determined by first calculating your raw score, and then determining a scaled score. Your raw GED Score is determined by giving you 1 point for each correct answer and 0 points for each incorrect answer. Your raw score is then “equated” to derive a scaled score. A scaled score reduces the impact of different test versions and the students who take specific versions.
Interpreting your GED Scores - GED Passing Scores
To pass the five part GED Test, you must score higher than approximately 60 percent of graduating seniors. For the current series GED tests a minimum passing standard has been set at 150 across the four content area (implying that you score at least a 600). Since the GED credential is granted by the jurisdiction where you reside, they may set a different requirement for passing (as long as it is at least meets the minimum GED requirements).
GED Scores For Colleges
Required GED scores for college admissions vary widely depending on the institution. Some colleges do not have formal minimum GED scores for admissions. Other colleges review your GED scores along with other factors, and may require you to take standard admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT. Other colleges, however, have minimum required scores for admission.
Converting GED Scores to a GPA
Many students wonder if a GED score can be converted to a GPA. The short answer is no. The main reason you can not reliably convert a GED score to a GPA is because of the wide differences in GPAs among different high schools. A GPA of 3.2 in one high school may be "equivalent" to a GPA at another high school. Interpreting your scores as a percentile is considered the best comparison to other high school graduates. The following video explains this in more detail.
Video: Can You Make a GED Test Score into a GPA?
If You Don't Pass The GED
If you don't pass one or more of the GED tests you are allowed to take them again. Each state and jurisdiction may have its own rules governing when and how you can retake the tests. For example, states/jurisdictions may have requirements regarding time between retakes. Some states may also require you to attend a GED preparation course before you are allowed to take the test again. Additionally, most states will require additional fees for you to retake the GED exam. You should check with your local state/jurisdiction GED administrator to verify the specific process for retaking a GED in your region.