The GED (General Educational Development) Tests are a set of five subject tests designed to certify that a student has the academic skills normally acquired by completing a typical high school program of study. The GED Tests are always given in person at one of 3,400 testing locations nationwide. Candidates for the GED tests are individuals who have not earned a high school diploma.
The GED Tests are standardized regularly by testing a sample of graduating high school seniors. This standardization process sets the benchmark that candidates must achieve to earn a GED credential. Currently, students pass the tests by achieving a GED score higher than the top 60 percent of graduating high school seniors. The GED credential is issued by the state (territory or province) that the student resides in. The GED credential is typically considered to be equivalent to a high school diploma.
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Your GED Scores are comprised of two items: your GED standard score and your percentile rank. Each of the five main GED tests (writing, social studies, science, reading, mathematics) is scored on a scale of 200-800. The percentile rank ranges from 1 to 99.
The GED Standard Score is intended to compare your performance relative to graduating seniors who took the test. The scoring system is normalized so that the average standard score is 500 for each test in the battery (i.e., about half of the seniors who took the test scored 500 or above).
The percentile rank measures how you did relative to graduating seniors who took the test. For example, if your percentile rank were 74, it would imply that 74% of the graduating seniors who took the test score at or below your 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.
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From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations". Internet. Available from www.nysedregents.org; accessed 8/29/2011.
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