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.
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.
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.