How to Convert GED Scores to GPA

There is not a real way to convert your GED® scores to GPA but you may well use the GED score you attained in comparison to similar statistics.

GED Testing Service also states that you cannot find a way to convert GED scores into a GPA (grade point average) effectively. GED scores are demonstrating to what extent you are able to use problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and are not based, like with the GPA, on cumulative grades.

You can, however, use your GED test score as an indication of your U.S. class rank. With your GED score comes a percentile rank. This a pretty good method to compare your GED score to how graduating high school students do across the nation.

So let’s take a closer look at how you can convert your GED test results into information you may need when applying to college!

How is the GED test scored?

GED Testing Service has set the passing standards in such a way that some 40 percent of high school graduates would not be able to pass the four GED subtests on the first try. The GED passing score is the same for each of the four subtests or modules.

The latest version of the GED exam was rolled out across America in January 2014 and consists of four independent subjects in the academic subject fields of Reasoning through Language Arts (Language), Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning (Math), and Science.

Your test results are measured on a scale that ranges from 100 to 200. To pass the GED exam, the minimally required score on each of the four modules is 145, and averaging is not possible.

So if you score in the 100-144 range, you did not pass that subtest. GED passing scores are split up into three score ranges: GED High School Equivalency (145-164), College-Ready (165-174), and College Ready + College Credit (175-200).

So the higher the score, the higher the academic achievement, and the more you have demonstrated to be ready for rigorous college-level programs and better employment. You can read more about the GED scoring system here.

GED scores compared to National Class Rank

There are quite a few colleges and technical programs that request a class rank and GED Testing Service is providing a national class rank chart. See also How to get into college with a GED.

The chart below is listing GED scores on the left compared to national class ranks listed on the right. Just compare the columns to see where your GED score ranks. When you graduate from high school, you do not get a GED, though some students still think that’s the case.

Now suppose for a scholarship program you are required to be in the top 20% of your high school class, your corresponding GED score needs to be at least 168. And when the percentile rank for your subtest is 70%, it means that your GED score is above the score of 70% of high school grads who also sat for the GED.

GED Testing Service is advising educational institutions to accept all GED graduates in the same way as high school graduates when it comes to admissions policies and the fact of the matter is that more than 60% of GED graduates say they will further their education and secure a well-paying job. Take also a look at this article that lists jobs that do not require a high school credential or GED.

Today, there are so many new jobs that you can get with a GED! The following table gives an estimation of how GED Scores compare to U.S. Class Ranks of High School Graduates:

If you didn’t complete your high school education and also don’t hold a GED, getting a decently-paying and rewarding job might be challenging. Practically all entry-level positions require applicants to hold at least a secondary education degree nowadays.

But on the other hand, there are many other things you may also do to boost your skills and knowledge. So if you have above-average communication skills, well-rounded analytical and problem-solving capabilities, and a well-developed understanding of the English language, give your hiring chances a boost and check out this article.


Last Updated on April 6, 2021.

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