GED Testing Service® Announces Changes to GED® Test
Posted on January 27, 2016

GED Testing Service® announced yesterday that the passing score for high school equivalency is changing from 150 to 145 in most states. The GED® program will also include two additional performance levels called GED College Ready, used to signify readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses; and GED College Ready + Credit, which may qualify students for up to ten hours of college credit.

When a state approves applying the passing score retroactively, students who earned scores 145–149 on the 2014 GED test would be eligible for their states’ high school equivalency credential. This means that as many as 30,000 test takers could get retroactive passing scores. The GED College Ready and GED College Ready + Credit levels will also apply to any student who has taken a GED test since January 1, 2014.

In addition, the extended response will be eliminated from the GED Social Studies Test as of March 1, 2016. The constructed response item gave students a chance to demonstrate critical thinking abilities by developing an argument on an enduring issue and using evidence to support it. The GED test will still include the Reasoning Through Language Arts test (RLA) extended response.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy says, “Any change that has the potential to positively impact more adult education students is a welcome one in our field.”

“The GED program continues to be much more than a high school equivalency test. These scoring changes, coupled with the new support systems, such as the recently released career pathways tools, or the other extensive resources available, mean more adult learners will be prepared for the next step in their career pathway,” said GED Testing Service President Randy Trask.

For more information, visit There you will find answers to frequently asked questions, graphics explaining the new scoring system, audio clips discussing the changes, and more.