What Score Do You Need to Pass the GED?


GED Scoring per Section

The GED exam is divided into four sub-tests covering various content areas. Although each section contains a different number of questions and various question formats (i.e. multiple-choice, extended response, etc.), all sections of the GED exam are scored the same using a scaled score metric of 100 to 200 for easier interpretation. As test questions may be worth more than one point, the sections total raw score points that are then translated into the scaled score. Each sub-test and the score required to pass are listed below:

Content AreaNumber & Type of QuestionsRaw ScorePassing Score
Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)90 Multiple-Choice & Extended Response65 raw score points145
Mathematical Reasoning50 Multiple-Choice 49 raw score points145
Science50 Multiple-Choice40 raw score points145
Social Studies50 Multiple-Choice & Extended Response44 raw score points145

How GED Questions are Scored

Test-takers will not be penalized for incorrect answers, so test-takers should attempt every question. Points earned on the Extended Response (ER) items on the Reasoning through Language Arts and Social Studies sections contribute to overall scores on those sections, rather than being scored separately. The items will be scored by an Automated Scoring Engine that is built to replicate human scoring.

Preliminary results are generated at the end of the exam with a pass/fail score for all sections but the writing portions, which may take up to 24 hours to review.

GED with Honors

While the passing score for high school equivalency in each content area is 145, scores 170 or higher on the same GED test reflect a student's college and career-readiness and a GED with Honors will be awarded. School curricula nationwide are shifting to address the need for students to be work-force and college ready, and GED assessments are adjusting accordingly by including the GED with Honors scoring.

Passing the GED Exams

You can find out more about the GED exam by checking out this What is the GED article. And to improve your chances of passing each portion of the exam on the first try, and perhaps even achieving a GED with Honors-level score, utilize some of the many GED study resources available. Study.com offers a comprehensive, self-paced GED Study Guide that covers all the concepts assessed on the exam through fun, engaging video lessons. Each lesson is taught by expert instructors and includes brief multiple-choice quizzes to help you gauge how well you understand the information covered. You can also utilize this How to Be Ready for Test Day lesson to get useful tips on preparing for exam day.

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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