GED Test Results: How to Find and Interpret Your Score?

You can obtain a transcript of your GED scores by contacting your testing center. Find answers to questions about the exam, and learn more about how to pass.

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Getting Your GED Score

Most General Educational Development (GED) test takers will automatically receive a score report after taking the exam. Students may also request an additional transcript of their scores by contacting Testing Services online. A GED transcript request form is available on the American Council on Education (ACE) website for individuals in correctional facilities, military personnel and other overseas test takers, as well.

Students who plan to use their GED scores to apply to a college or university will need to follow the same procedures to have a copy of their GED transcripts sent to the admissions offices.

What the Score Means

Each section of the GED is assigned a separate score. Because the test is designed to measure the skills acquired in secondary school, scores are measured in relation to recent high school graduates.

The standard score directly compares the test taker's performance to those of graduating high school seniors who took the test. To pass the GED, test takers must earn a minimum standard score of 150.

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Retaking the Test

Students who did not receive a passing standard score can retake the content area tests two more times in the calendar year, for a total of three tests per year. Most students will only need to retake the individual subject area tests that they did not pass. Final scores represent a combination of students' scores on the areas they passed during their first tests and passing scores from re-tests.

Students who need to retake one or more GED content areas should contact the center from which they previously took the exam. They may also consider pursuing GED study options, such as online practice tests and preparation courses.

Taking the GED

The GED exam is a series of tests that measure the skills typically acquired in secondary school. It was created by ACE and is designed for adults who don't have a high school diploma. Subjects covered by the GED include:

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Language arts

Students who pass the exam receive a high school equivalency credential that, according to ACE, is accepted by the vast majority of employers and colleges in the U.S.

Although ACE monitors the GED, it is administered by individual states at testing centers, community colleges and high schools.

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