GED College Ready
When individuals earn their GED, they receive a transcript with one of three possible designations: Passing Score, College Ready or College Ready + Credit.
The standard passing score for all GED exams is 145. When individuals earn between 165 and 174 points on a test, they receive the GED College Ready designation.
Benefits of a GED College Ready Score
The College Ready designation indicates that individual have the skills and knowledge needed to begin taking college courses and can help them as they prepare to enter a postsecondary degree or certificate program.
Individuals who receive a Passing Score designation on their transcript might be required to take remedial classes that don't count towards their degree or diploma in order to demonstrate they are ready for college classes. Students with a College Ready designation, on the other hand, are typically able to take college-level credit courses immediately.
College Ready score recipients are also usually exempt from the need to take placement tests.
Applying for Exemptions to Remedial Classes or Placement Tests
You need to provide the college admissions office with proof of your College Ready designation. This can be done by submitting a copy of your score report and test transcript from your GED exams. In some cases, you may need to obtain an ACE credit recommendation.
ACE Credit Recommendations
To receive an ACE credit recommendation, you have to register online. After creating an account with the ACE Registry and Transcript System, you select the tests that you have taken and indicate which ones you wish to have added to your report. You also have to provide the dates you took the tests.
The ACE system processes your request, verifies your data and then sends an email to inform you that your information has been confirmed. At that point you can order the ACE credit recommendation. This transcript costs $20, and you can have a paper or electronic version of it sent directly to the postsecondary institution you're planning to attend.
College Ready + Credit
The GED College Ready + Credit designation is granted to examinees who achieve scores of 175 or more on their GED exams.
Individuals who earn College Ready + Credit scores may qualify for some college credits without taking classes. Up to 10 credits in total may be awarded to students who earn these scores and apply for an ACE credit recommendation.
Preparing for GED Tests
An online GED marketplace (www.gedmarketplace.com) provides options for individuals who are prepared to invest in study resources. Students can take online classes to prepare for their GED exams. There is also a practice test that can be used to determine if you are ready for your tests. Known as GED Ready, this practice test is available to help students ensure they know the material they'll be tested on by providing them with feedback on their performance and to familiarize them with the question formats used.
Additional practice test and study resources can be accessed through the links listed here.
- GED Science: Life, Physical and Chemical
- GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
- GED Social Studies: Civics & Government, US History, Economics, Geography & World
- GED Math: Quantitative, Arithmetic & Algebraic Problem Solving