What You Should Know about GED Test Scores

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

To pass the GED test, you need to score a minimum of 145 on each section of the test, and you must pass each section of the test to earn your GED diploma.

If you achieve a passing score, congratulate yourself: You’ve scored better than at least 40 percent of today’s high-school graduates, and you’re now a graduate of the largest virtual school in the country. And if your marks range between 165 and 174, you’ve reached the GED College Ready level. If your grades are even higher, between 175 and 200, you’ve reached the lofty GED College Ready + Credit level.

Be aware that some colleges require scores higher than the minimum passing score. If you plan to apply to post-secondary schools or some other form of continuing education, check with their admissions office for the minimum admission score requirements.

Correct answers on the GED test may be worth one, two, or more points, depending on the item and the level of difficulty. The Extended Response (also known as the essay) is scored separately. However, the Extended Response is only one part of the Reasoning through Language Arts test. On each test section, you must accumulate a minimum of 145 points.

For the most up-to-date details on the scoring for each section of the GED test, check out the GED Testing Service.

Because you don’t lose points for incorrect answers, make sure you answer all the items on each test. After all, a guessed answer can get you a point. Leaving an answer blank, on the other hand, gives you only a zero.