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How Do I Get My GED Test Scores?

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Use this article to find out how to get digital and paper copies of your GED test scores. Learn what steps you need to take to access your scores and find out more about the exam.

Online Score Report

You'll be able to view your scores within a day of completing the exams through the GED website (www.ged.com). You will need to sign in to your account in order to view your grades. You can find out how you did on each subtest on this page, and you'll be notified when you successfully complete all portions of the GED.

Using Your Score Report

Your scores will be delivered with additional information about how you did on the test. If you didn't pass, you'll receive pointers about what areas you need to focus on before you retest. You'll also be given recommendations for different books you can use to study, in order to make sure that you're ready to pass the tests the next time you attempt them.

Transcript and Diploma

Once you do successfully pass all portions of the GED, you will need to get your diploma. The process for obtaining your transcript and diploma will vary depending on where you live. Many states use GED Credentialing. This system allows you to automatically get a digital copy of your diploma and transcript. Once you've received the e-mail containing this information you can print it, send it on to any colleges you're applying to, or forward it to your employer. International locations and prisons also use this system to send out diplomas.

States that do not allow GED Credentialing work differently. You may need to work with a local or state office in order to obtain your diploma and transcript in this case. You can find out exactly what steps you need to take for your state through the GED Testing Service's website. If you are trying to get your diploma in Canada, at a VA hospital, or in an insular area, you will also need to follow this procedure.

If your school or place of employment wants to verify your completion on their own, they can access the GED website to obtain this information. They'll need to fill out a form that allows them to set up an account with the GED Credentialing Parchment Exchange, at which point they will be able to check scores.

Getting the Score You Need

Those who study before they attempt the GED have a better chance of passing this test than those who don't, so make sure you take advantage of the time before your exam to get ready. You can work on getting the score you need by checking out the resources available on the GED website, including practice tests that cover each of the GED subtests. You can also enroll in GED prep courses offered at community colleges and other educational institutions.

You can also study online with this GED Study Guide from Study.com. This course allows you to work at your own speed. You'll be able to focus attention on the areas where you need help, including math, language arts, social studies and science. You can complete quizzes and chapter exams that have questions that are comparable to those on the GED, allowing you to build your confidence for test day.

Study.com courses are also available for each of the GED subtests:

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