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.
Your GED score is comprised of your actual score and a percentile score.
Summary: Learn everything you need to know about GED scores below.
GED Scores - What is a Passing Score?
Individuals who take the GED will receive a score for each of the 4 subjects:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Social Studies
Each subject is scored on a scale from 100–200, with 100 being the lowest possible score. In order to earn your GED certificate, you will need to earn a score of 145+ on each subject.
GED Score Breakdown
Each GED subject score can be broken down even further into 4 different categories:
Below Passing Score: 100-144
Students who score in the 100–144 range on any subject of the GED exam will need to retake the section of the exam.
For example, if you scored a 135 on math but above a 145 on all the other sections, you would only need to retake the math section to earn your GED certificate.
Passing Score: 145-164
A passing score is considered anything above 145 on each section. If you score between 145–164, you will fall in the “passing score” range.
Please keep in mind that you will need to score above a 145 on all 4 subjects of the exam to receive your credential.
College Ready Score: 165–174
Individuals who score in the 165–174 range are considered college ready. This is a great position to be in.
If you score in this range, you may be exempt from placement exams or some lower level classes that some colleges make their students take.
College Ready + Score: 175–200
Individuals who earn a score of 175+ may have the opportunity to earn 10 college credits or skip various college entrance exams.
GED testing service endorses these students but the benefits and what actually happens depends on the college.
Converting GED Score 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 cannot 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.
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 exam. You should check with your local state/jurisdiction GED administrator to verify the specific process for retaking a GED in your region.