How to Get GED Transcripts

GED transcripts, diplomas and certificates can be obtained through official GED channels only. Be wary of any other services offering to send you these credentials as they are most likely fraudulent. Here are the steps you should follow to get your authentic scores:

Getting Started

  • If you took the exam after January 1st, 2014, you can begin the ordering process by accessing your account on GED.com.
  • Those who took their exams before January 1st, 2014 (or on paper) can get started on the GED's testing service website at www.GEDtestingservice.com. After selecting 'Get Your Transcript,' choose the location and/or time that applies to you.

In both instances, you will need a user account, although some states allow test takers to order documents by phone or by mail. In the first case, it is assumed that you already have an account, but this may not hold true for the second. Don't worry! After selecting your location, you can set up a user account if you don't have one yet.

Ordering Documents

After logging in to your account, you will be able to order the transcripts/documents you need. You can have these sent to yourself or sent to another institution, such as a college or university. You will also be given the choice to receive a physical document or an electronic version, but note that some institutions only accept electronic copies of transcripts.

When you have selected everything you need, you can check out your order after giving your consent to have these transcripts released. This is to remain in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which means that an institution needs permission from the student to release their educational records.

In most cases, GED transcripts are sent out within 24 hours of the checkout process. However, sometimes these records must be manually located due to age or other technical difficulties. This may result in a minor delay.

Third Party Ordering

Sometimes a third party will need to obtain GED transcripts on behalf of an employee or student. If this case applies to you, you will have to go through a special channel provided by the GED testing service as well. Please note that FERPA still applies here, and you will need consent from the test taker(s) in question before placing your orders.

Important Changes

On March 1st, 2016, a new scoring system comes into effect for everyone who has taken (or will take) the GED after January 1st, 2014. If you previously scored within 145-149 points on a subject, this score now counts as a Pass. While most states will update their transcripts to reflect these changes on March 1st, other states may take a little more time. If you are concerned that this will affect your transcripts, the GED testing service website also has more information about these changes on a state-by-state basis.

Further Information

If you'd like more information about the GED beyond obtaining transcriptions, Study.com covers the essentials with its GED General Info section. Here, you can find out the basics, like where to find GED classes, how and when to register for the test and how to interpret your scores.

And if you have struggled with a certain topic in the past, or if you want to try boosting your original scores, you can prepare for the exam with Study.com's own specialized GED courses in each of the four main topics:

What Does GED Stand For?

GED stands for the General Educational Development tests. These exams are taken by individuals who did not earn a high school diploma and cover four main subject areas. The successful completion of these tests provides the same benefits as graduating high school. Read on to learn more.

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