GED Score Range – What These 4 Scores Mean

There are four separate and independent GED sub-exams that cover Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts.

The GED scoring system is pretty straightforward. Your score is calibrated on a scoring scale that runs from 100 to 200.

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On each of the 4 GED sub-exams (modules), you’ll have to reach a score of at least 145. This is the passing score for all four GED® sub-exams.

So if your result is in the 100-145 range, you haven’t passed that sub-exam. This range is the “below passing” section. This applies to all GED sub-exams.

You can only earn your GED credential if you have attained passing scores on all four GED subtests. No exceptions and averaging is not possible.

The current GED test must be taken on a computer. Paper-based testing is something of the past and this makes sense since there is practically no job opening, also not an entry-level job, that doesn’t require you to master at least basic keyboarding and computer skills.

The current scoring system dates back to 2016 when these cut scores and performance levels were introduced. Let’s dig into the four GED score ranges.

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The four GED scoring zones are as follows:

  • Below Passing

100-144: This is the GED Below Passing Range. You didn’t reach the minimally required score and you’ll have to take that sub-exam again.

  • High School Equivalency

145-164: This is the GED High School Equivalency Passing Score. You have performed at a level comparable to that of high school students upon graduation.

  • College-Ready

165-174: This is the GED College-Ready Passing Score. You have demonstrated to command knowledge and skills at such a level that following college-level coursework will cause no problem. You may even have requirements waived such as submitting ACT or SAT scores, or taking some other college entrance exam.

  • College-Ready Plus Credit

175-200: This is the GED College-Ready PLUS College Credit Passing Score. It is similar to the College-Ready score but additionally, you will receive up to ten college credits.

So students that score in the 175-200 range have demonstrated they command skills and knowledge at a level that enables them to attend college-level courses successfully and they can be eligible to earn up to ten college credits!

It depends on the program you want to apply to and the educational institution, but you may earn up to 3 credits in Social Studies, 3 credits in Math, 3 credits in Science, and 1 credit in Humanities.

If you earn college credit, you often can bypass certain required remedial or college preparatory classes. This will save you money and you can start working on your college degree sooner. Isn’t that something? So use Onsego not only as a fast-track solution to your GED exam but also to attain results in the highest GED score ranges.

College-Ready & College-Ready Plus Credit

What do you have to do next once you have reached College-Ready or College-Ready Plus College Credit scores?

  • First, you need to send your GED score report and transcript to the college or university you plan to attend.
  • Then, contact the institution’s admissions office to find out if your GED scores qualify you for skipping college-entrance remedial courses or placement tests.
  • If you scored in the GED College-Ready Plus Credit range, check if the college or university accepts credits you earned through your GED test. There are more than 500 colleges and universities in America that accept GED College-Ready or College-Ready Credit scores.

The GED Testing Service, the official GED organization, has made recommendations to jurisdictions across the nation to accept and implement these test performance levels. Today, the majority of jurisdictions in the country have implemented these recommendations.

GED Ready® Practice Test

The GED Testing Service has developed a great tool to see if you are ready for the GED sub-exams or if you need more time for preparation. This is the GED Ready test, a shorter version of the real GED test.

There’s a GED Ready practice test for each of the 4 GED sub-exams. These practice tests are available on the GED.com website and cost $6.99 each. This is the only test that will tell you if you are “likely to pass” (the green zone) or if you need more time to get all set.

To take the practice test, or to register for the real thing, you must set up your account with the portal MyGED on the website GED.com. You can sit for the GED subtests online or at one of your state’s official test centers.

If you plan to take the GED sub-exams online, you will have to take and attain “likely to pass” scores on the GED Ready test anyway. Otherwise, you don’t qualify for online testing. This only counts for online testing, not for taking the test at a test center in most states!

The good thing is that if you sign up for Onsego’s Advantage Plan, you’ll also receive four GED Ready vouchers at no cost, a $28 value!

The GED Testing Service has recognized Onsego’s GED Prep Course as 100 percent aligned to the most recent GED test edition. And you can use your GED Ready score report and link it to the Onsego course to see which lessons you should follow to improve your score.

So what is a good GED score?

Well, any score in the 145-200 range is a good GED score! This means you passed that GED subject test and if you attained scores in that range on all four GED sub-exams, you will get your GED diploma.

You will be eligible for a great job or job advancement at your current employer. Your diploma is equivalent to a general high school credential and qualifies you for a college education as well.

On the other hand, if you plan to enroll in a credit-bearing college or university program, you may save a lot of time and money if you reach College-Ready scores.

So in that case, scores in the 165-200 range are good scores, and a growing number of institutions of higher education recognize GED College-Ready scores so you may skip remedial coursework or a college entrance or placement exam.

You can check your GED score online

Through your MyGED/GED.com account, you can easily check your GED scores online. All GED students who take the GED Ready practice test or the real GED sub-exams must have set up their GED accounts.

When you have taken one of the four GED sub-exams, you can find your score via the “My Scores” button on the menu. This “My Scores” page will show you your GED Ready score or your highest GED test score.