GED Results

How Is GED Result Declared?

It is a nationally recognized test that can help you achieve a high school equivalent credential. Since its inception in 1942, the test has helped many drop-outs pursue their dreams of higher education and career advancement. This battery of tests is a non-profit program by the American Council on Education. The tests are evaluated and scored by the testing service again. If you are a GED aspirant or have already taken the exam, read on! Here's what you need to know on the results-when and how are the results declared, what is the passing criteria and where do you go further.

GED Testing and Scoring

In the US, a high school diploma is considered the basic qualification for employment and further studies opportunities. It bridges this gap in the lives of non-graduate adults by providing them an opportunity to attain an equivalent credential. The credentials are awarded on the basis of your scores in a five-test battery that measures your academic knowledge and skills at the level of a high school program. The tests cover five core subject/skill areas:

  • Social Science
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Language Arts, Writing

Developed and reviewed by secondary school teachers, adult educators, with the help of subject matter experts, these tests make use of a variety of question types and tasks to assess your skills/level of cognition, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

The scoring gives importance to all the areas and reflects an estimate of your skills and knowledge in each content area, in comparison to the high school graduates. To pass, you have to score at least 410 in each of the subject areas and achieve a 2250 or a higher total score. Almost all jurisdictions stick to these criteria, however, there may be slight variations-jurisdictions may set higher scoring criteria as the passing requirement, if required. For more information, please check the jurisdictional testing policies online ( You might also contact the local testing center for details on requirements for earning a credential.

GED Results

The results may take several weeks after the test administration date. Depending on where you have taken your tests, the results/scores may be held by different organizations:

  • For civilian and non-military candidates who have taken the test, the results and score transcripts can be made available from the testing center. You may need to call in or mail the testing center.

  • If you took the tests while serving in the military services, at a correctional institution or overseas, your scores may not be available at the testing centers. You must check the instructions available at the official website, for more information on where to access the results (

  • Your results are generally reported over mail.

  • For the 2002 series of the test, the results are reported as percentile ranks and scores. For example, the total score reported is 2850, with the average standard score of 570 and the percentile rank being 77. The transcript also includes scores and ranks for each of the tests.

  • While standard scores enable comparing scores across tests, which may contain different number of questions; the percentile rank system helps compare your performance against that of students completing high school.

Where Do You Go Further?

If your scores were not good enough to pass, you may retest. You may only take the tests in which you scored less and were unsuccessful. Depending on the jurisdiction, there may be additional requirements and criteria applicable to retesting. You may contact the relevant jurisdiction for details:

As mentioned earlier, good results/credentials help you pursue college degrees/advanced educational programs. According to ACE sources, 96% of employers and 95% of educational institutions and universities in United States accept the score for employment and school admission. However, individual institutes may have their own admission criteria, along with different score requirements. It is important that you understand the minimum scores and other admission criteria required by specific institutions, well in advance.