Many students who had not passed the GED® exam received their credentials retroactively, as GED Testing Services has decided in early 2016 to lower the score needed to pass the GED tests.
The reason was that in many states GED graduates outperformed regular high school graduates in college and that the required scoring standards were set too high in comparison to high school graduation standards.
So in early 2016, GED Testing Services lowered the minimally required score from 150 to 145 points. Check out this post where you can find all GED prep locations in your area.
The four independent tests will not be changed; only the score students need to reach to pass the tests were lowered. GED test students are required to score at a level that can be expected of graduating high school students, but research had shown that GED test applicants were studying to score at a higher level than high school students, so the required score could be lowered to 145 points.
GED test officials say that when the high school levels of performance go up, they will adjust the required GED test scores again and that they will continue to ensure that GED test graduates hold the same standards as regular high school graduates.
For now, this means that GED test-takers pass the GED tests if they reach the 145 points mark. Retroactively this means that thousands of disappointed GED test applicants who failed by just a few points over the past two years learned that they have earned their GED test diploma anyway. Great news.
This change in scoring requirements happened after two years of experience with the latest edition of the now totally computer-based GED exam. In January 2014, GED Testing Services rolled out a far more rigorous version of the GED exam to guarantee that graduates met college and job market expectations and requirements, and the price tag became considerably higher as well. This resulted in fewer adults taking the exam, and also fewer individuals passed this new GED test.
So when the testing requirements were lowered, expectations were that more people register for the test and that more students will pass. This website offers additional help for GED test applicants in the form of free GED video lessons and practice tests. Studies have shown that video instruction is a highly efficient way to get all set to take the four tests successfully.
The four GED tests are independent modules, meaning that they may be taken separately, and testing scores are valid for the duration of two years from first registration. The four testing subject fields are Science, Social Studies, Math (Mathematical Reasoning), and Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts).
The GED test has re-calibrated the testing performance levels to this scale:
Below Passing Score: 100-144
Passing Score (High School Equivalency): 145-164
College Ready Score: 165-174
College Ready Score + College Credit: 175-200