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When do GED scores come out?

When do GED scores come out?

There used to be a time when students actually had to wait for test results. Years ago, when teachers had to score tests by hand, students might have waited a week or more to see their results on a pop quiz or unit test. The days of seeing your score scrawled in red ink across the top of your exam are well over. Your GED scores will be delivered straight to your online mailbox within hours of taking the test.

GED Score Timeline

According to the GED Testing Service, test results can be available in as few as three hours, or as many as 24 hours, of completion of each GED subject test. While most test scores are emailed within the same day of taking the GED, there are a few instances in which your scores could be held up; a minimal number of exams get selected for manual scoring and must be graded by a proctor, or testing centers may not upload test data immediately, which can cause a delay in receiving test scores. These circumstances are rare, but do happen from time to time. Manual scoring can cause delays up to three days, while uploading test data typically delays scores by 24 hours.

If you don’t receive any results—or messages involving your results—within four business days, contact your testing facility and request more information. You will need your original testing account information such as your email address. You may also need to provide identification information, so have your driver’s license on hand.

Understanding Your GED Scores

GED test scores have undergone some changes in the last couple of years. The passing score of each test subject is now 145 instead of the previous 150, and there are three GED score levels that you can earn on your test: GED Passing Score, GED College Ready, and GED College Ready + Credit. Each of these levels indicates a different range of abilities and college readiness.

  • GED Passing Score: 145-164
  • You passed the GED! Your score shows that you have attained a High School Equivalency level and have the same educational skill set as a graduating high school senior.

  • GED College Ready: 165-174
    Not only have you successfully passed the GED, your score level indicates that you have the skills to start college-level courses. According to the GED testing service, your scores may relieve you from taking certain placement tests or remedial courses in college.

  • GED College Ready + Credit: 175-200
    • In some cases, this score indicates that you are eligible to earn college credits, and have demonstrated skills that are taught in some college-level courses. Depending on the college or program you enroll in, you may be able to receive up to 3 credits in Math, Science and Social Studies, as well as 1 credit in Humanities. In order to receive credits you must obtain an

American Council on Education Credit recommendation


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About Beth Gonzales

Beth is an educator and freelance creative designer who devises innovative and fun-loving solutions for clients. She works with families, students, teachers and small businesses to create and implement programs, campaigns and experiences that help support and maximize efforts to grow communities who critically think, engage and continue to learn.

2 Responses to “When do GED scores come out?”

  1. Anon says:

    I would like to clear up some misconceptions.

    The candidate should not provide their password to the GED Testing Service agents nor will their drivers license number help.

    The first 3 things that are verified are Name, Email and Phone number, if they are not able to provide those we ask for Mailing address and date of birth.

    Also the test is not “Flagged” for manual review, it is completely random. “Flagged” makes it seem like a problem. The manual review is to verify the validity of our scoring system.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi there!

      Thanks for your thoughtful feedback and comments on this blog post. 🙂 We’re working on looking into this a little bit further. Thanks again! 😀

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