GED Test Results

What all is Declared in the GED Test Results

For anyone who is new to them, the results can be the most confusing aspect of the tests, but if you are aiming to take the tests and procure a certification, you have to understand how what you answer, gets converted to the score given to you. Let's use a systematic procedure to unravel the details.

The GED tests....

This is not a single test but a combination of five different tests. The five tests aim to measure the ability and intellect of individuals to prove that their knowledge is equivalent to the knowledge that any high school student in the USA might have. In other words, if a person, who for any particular reason, has not graduated from high school in the US, wants an alternative degree that holds equal value as a high school degree then; he/she can take the test. On passing, he/she will get a diploma which will correspond to the qualifications of any other high school student from the USA. The results are the scores of each of its five tests and also a diploma stating that the person qualifies General Educational Development standards of the USA.

GED is a global test with local standards....

It is conducted in many formats and under various rules. Every state in the US has a different expectation from the candidates and therefore has different cut-off scores for them. Every student has to remember to check the state-wise or territory-wise minimum cut off scores before taking the tests and expecting a diploma. The diploma is given only to those individuals who have passed all the five tests and is awarded under the rules of the different states. There is no doubt, an expected minimum average score which is universal, has been discussed in the points that follow.

The GED Test Results....

GED test results can be discussed under a few categories. These pointers will help you understand them:

  • There are five tests namely Language Arts/Reading, Language Arts/ Writing, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics.

  • The different test scores are expressed in averages as well as percentiles.

  • The average scores are derived by taking the test scores of all the test-takers and arriving at a comparative average.

  • The average scores for all the five tests have to be a minimum of 450.

  • The sectional or test-wise minimum average is 410. This means that you have to get a minimum score of 410 in each test but that does not necessarily mean that you have passed the test.

  • The score should have a total average of 2250. This means that the total of all the different test-wise scores should be 2250 or more. Thus, the score requirements are dual. You may have passed the individual tests but you still do not qualify as pass unless you score the minimum total average score of 2250.

  • These are not simple numbers because it is not a simple test. You have to aim to exceed the minimum cut-offs in each of the five tests to get a good total score that exceeds 2250.

  • This expression of average scores is not the only form of your results. They are also expressed in percentiles.

  • Percentiles are numbers expressed in a percentage value. Percentiles are a mathematical way to express numbers, in comparison, on a scale of 100.

  • In simple terms, the percentile rank of a candidate denotes the percentage of candidates who have scored lower than him or her. For example, if you score a percentile of 69 it means that you have attained a better score than 69% of the candidates and the remaining 31% have got a better score than yours.

A lot of statistical calculation goes into each of the averages as well as percentile scores given. The results are sent to candidates regardless of their pass or fail status along with copies of their individual tests. Candidates should visit the website to get a detailed idea because; little knowledge is a dangerous thing!