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Sarah Bradstreet

What is a Good GED Score?

If you’re thinking of taking the GED exam, you’re probably wondering how it’s scored. So just what is a good GED score? The answer to that depends on what you’re hoping to accomplish with your GED diploma. For instance, those who plan to go to college afterwards might want to aim for a higher score than those seeking high school equivalency only. Read on for the details on the GED scoring system and what the scoring levels can mean for you.

What is a Passing Score on the GED?

Each GED subject test is scored on a scale of 100-200 points. To pass the GED, you must earn at least 145 on each of the four subject tests, for a total of at least 580 points (out of a possible 800). You have to pass each subject test individually, so a 580 is only good enough if it means you got 145 on each section. If you failed one subject test but did well enough on another to bring the total up to 580, that’s still not a passing score.

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The good news is you don’t have to take all four at the same time or even pass all four at the same time. If you don’t pass all of the subject tests the first time around, you can retake the ones you failed without having to retake the ones you passed. Your best scores from each attempt will be added up to get your total score to qualify you for your GED credential.

GED Scoring Levels

The GED is not merely pass/fail. Scores are actually classified into four score categories, each representing a range of possible scores. The scale below shows the score per subtest that would give you each designation.

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Below Passing: 100-144

If you score 144 or below on any subject test, you cannot pass the GED, no matter what your scores on the other subject tests. You will need to retake any subject tests that you did not pass the first time around until you are able to do so.

GED Passing Score: 145-164

If you pass all four subject tests and your scores fall in the 145-164 range, you earn a GED Passing Score/High School Equivalency. This indicates that you have adequately demonstrated high school-level knowledge and skills.

GED College Ready: 165-174

A score in this range gives you a higher distinction—GED College Ready. If you’re hoping to go to college after obtaining your GED, this is a great goal. It shows colleges that you are college-ready and may not need remediation to catch up before starting a degree program.

GED College Ready + Credit: 175-200

A score in this highest range shows that you already have some of the knowledge and skills that would be taught in the first year of college. At some colleges, this can translate into credits which can let you skip certain classes, saving you time and money. Not all colleges accept credits earned through the GED program, so check with the schools you’re interested in to find out.

Learn more about GED College Ready and College Ready + Credit.

Want to know where you’re likely to score? Take the GED Ready Official Practice Test, available on MyGED.

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About Sarah Bradstreet

Sarah is an educator and writer with a Master’s degree in education from Syracuse University who has helped students succeed on standardized tests since 2008. She loves reading, theater, and chasing around her two kids.


17 Responses to “What is a Good GED Score?”

  1. Teddie DeJesus says:

    Thank you, Very good information.

  2. Louisa Brooke says:

    I am a GED teacher in Thailand. One of my students has passed but needs higher scores to get into the college she’s applying to in Hong Kong. She has written the GED helpline but ten days have passed without acknowledgment of her email. What is the problem about retaking for higher scores? We can’t find anything on the GED polices. With the last GED there was no problem to retake to try for higher scores. We really need some information on this.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Louisa,

      I’m sorry to hear about this issue, and I hope that you heard back from the GED folks. I’m afraid that I don’t know much about how this process would work in Hong Kong/Thailand. In general, the student would have to provide evidence that the school is asking her to retake the exam, and the process is usually laid out by the department of education in a state. I recommend that you contact the school itself to see if they have any suggestions for how to move forward. Good luck!

  3. andre says:

    Hello, i have a question, i passed al my test around 155 but less than 165 and more than 145. Can i go to the college with this score?

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      You can potentially get accepted into college with a GED score of 155. However, if a university accepts you, they may ask you to take some remedial classes once you start school. Remedial classes are high-school-level courses that are offered by universities to help students “catch up” if they are mostly ready for college, but still need to improve in some academic areas.

  4. Fatmi Leila says:

    I passed the TASC last year and I failed in writing 
    I passed it for the second time 
    and failed. I tried to send an application 
    for passing for the third time 
    But I didn’t have a answer. 
    Can you help me 
    Thank you so much 
    Fondly 
    Leila 

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Fatmi!

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with the TASC. With that said, I’m not sure that we can be of much help. I’m really sorry about this. Perhaps you can contact the TASC company directly for more information on why your application isn’t being responded to. Here’s a link to their website.

  5. Jason says:

    Hi. I wrote my ged in Ontario.i passed all except for math.. I scored a 440 in math.. I wanted to know what the actual score is from 440 

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      Hi Jason,

      I’ll be happy to help you look at the correlation between your GED Math score and the number of questions you got correct. However, before we get started, did you mean you got a score of 140 on Math, or 440? I ask, because to my knowledge, your score on an individual section of the GED should have a range of 100-200. If you did get a range of 440, let me know, and I’ll look into why the score is displaying that way, and what it means for your actual score (number correct). In the mean time, you may find our post “How Many Questions Can you Miss on the GED Test?” to be helpful as well. 🙂

  6. Jilliene says:

    Hello, i got for my 3 tests 156 155 and 154 but got for maths 144 so i have in total 609, why don’t they give me my diploma it’s very unfair and every time i pay $75 which is a lot of money if you don’t have.

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      That definitely sounds disappointing and frustrating, Jilienne. As Sarah mentioned here, the minimum individual section score is 145, which unfortunately means that a 144 in Math keeps your diploma from being released. The good news is that you’re very close to where you need to be. You can retake just one part of the GED, and a Math retake is very likely to get you the extra point you need to graduate.

  7. Michael White says:

    I took the GED test in 2011.
    I know the scoring was different
    then, so I have a question.
    I received a total score of
    3270, with a average at 654.
    My percentile rank for U.S.
    Range from a high 99 in SS,
    98 LA/R, 96 LA/W, Science
    93, Math 34. What I’d like to
    know is where would I rank
    today? I took that test when
    I was 56 years old. Thank you.

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      Hi Michael,

      This is a slightly tricky question, as the GED doesn’t seem to currently publish percentile scores. Instead, they publish the correlation between GED scores and average class rank. Your 654 average, when converted from the old 600 point range (200-800) to the new 100 point range (100-200) would be an average of about 176 per section, which is equivalent to somewhere between the top 5% and 8% for class rank. (See this official GED score/class rank conversion chart.)

  8. Rezeen says:

    Hi, can I get into colleges to study animation in Australia
    if I scored 145- 160 in all subjects

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Rezeen!

      The GED is accepted at a variety of schools in Australia, but you’ll have to contact them directly for the exact score requirements. 🙂

  9. Misty Jones says:

    I took the test back in 2012 and I got a 440 in reading, 440 in writing,460 in science,430 ss, and 410 in math why Is it saying I didn’t pass

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Misty!

      In 2012, the scoring scale was from 200 to 800. In order to pass, your score on each section must be 410 or higher and meet the total minimum score of 2,250.

      Unfortunately, it looks like your total was 2,180. I’m sorry about that!

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