How GED Scoring Works
Each correct answer is worth one point. The total score for each of the five individual GED tests is then totaled and converted to a standard score, which ranges from 200 to 800.
Your final GED transcript will include your standard scores and your percentile ranking, or how your score compares to high-school students who are graduating. To receive an equivalency diploma, you must get an overall score that’s 60% or higher than the scores of graduating high-school seniors.
Two scores are required to pass the GED: an individual score for each test, plus a figure that averages all five test’s scores. The GED Testing Service requires a minimum score of 410 to pass each test, and an average score of 450 for all of the tests. Additionally, a GED candidate must earn a score of 2 or higher (out of 4) on the Language Arts, Writing Test, Part II essay to pass that exam.
Though the above guidelines apply to most test takers, different jurisdictions (states, territories, and Canadian provinces) can also require even higher minimum scores. Contact your local Department of Education for more specifics.