Analyzing GED Scores

Everything you Need to Know about GED Score

It is a group of tests which certify that an individual has knowledge and skills equivalent to a US or Canadian high school level education. The five subjects of the test are Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts: Reading and Language Arts: Writing. Language Arts: Writing is further divided into two parts, one of which is an essay and the other deals with checking an individual's ability to judge the cohesiveness and grammatical accuracy of a given piece of written information.

Passing Requirements:

The score of each sub-test ranges from 200-800 which makes the total score of 4000. In most jurisdictions, the minimum passing score for each subject is 410, while a candidate should obtain an average of 450 marks for all five subjects. This means in order to receive the diploma, a candidate needs to obtain a minimum score of 2250 out of 4000. The minimum score requirements to pass vary from state to state even though most states adopt the aforementioned requirements. The minimum score can only be higher and not lower than the standard limits that have been set. It depends on the performance of high schools of that region. If the average scores of graduating seniors of the high schools of that region are relatively higher, then the State Education Department of that region might raise the bar for the minimum passing scores.

Using GED Scores to take Admissions in Colleges:

Your score can be used to seek admission in colleges and universities for higher education the same way a high school diploma holder's graduate scores are used. It can be converted to an estimated national rank about which you will find further information by visiting the following website: Every college has a requirement of some minimum scores for an individual to gain admission in that college. You can find such information by contacting that college or university or by visiting their official website.

Retaking the Test:

If you have failed to obtain the qualifying scores essential for you to receive your certification, you will be required to retake the test. On failing in one or more sub-tests, you are only required to retake that particular sub-test and not take all five sub-tests again. GED does provide some leeway in passing by providing the option of compensating your scores. For example, if you get barely 410 in one subject but 490 in another, you will be able to meet the condition of having an average score of 450.

Subject Wise Scores:

Mathematics section has 50 questions to be completed in 90 minutes. Questions are mostly multiple choice with around 20% questions appearing in an alternate format in which you have to show how you arrived at the solution.

Science comprises of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in 80 minutes. The questions will cover Life Science, Physical Science and Earth & Space science. Social Studies again has 50 questions to be completed in 70 minutes which cover History, Geography, Civics and Economics. The History section will have questions from both Canadian/US History (depending on the country you are giving the test in) and World History. Language Arts: Reading has 40 questions to be solved in 65 minutes which are based on a total of 5 fiction passages and 2 non-fiction passages.

Language Arts: Writing Part 1 comprises of 50 multiple choice questions to be solved in 75 minutes. These check whether the candidate has the ability to judge the cohesiveness and grammatical accuracy of given text. It also checks a candidate's knowledge of the mechanics of grammar. Part 2 is an essay which is to be completed in 45 minutes. Only this essay is scored on a scale of 1-4 with a minimum passing grade of 2. Other subjects have one point for correct answers with no negative marking.

Thus, you now have an idea about what comprises the test score.