What is the GED® test?

The GED® testing programme serves the equivalent purpose of a secondary school leaving certificate. It has been in existence since 1942.

What does the GED® stand for?

The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”), which is part owner of the GED Testing Service, who administers the GED® testing programme globally. Originally, the initials “GED®” stood for “General Educational Development,” and the term shows that the GED® test measures the lasting outcomes from a secondary school programme of study.

A GED® test credential shows that the recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.

Is the GED® test a Matric?

No! The GED® testing program serves the equivalent purpose of a secondary school leaving certificate.

What do I need to achieve to pass the GED® test?

To graduate test-takers must earn a minimum score of 145 on each test subject to pass and earn the high school equivalency credential. In the event a candidate fails, they may retake the exam two additional times at any time. Should they fail a third time, they would have to wait 60 days before the next attempt. There is no minimum grade criterion to qualify for such a rewrite opportunity but it will attract a test fee.

 What happens if I fail a test?

The GED Testing Service permits you to re-test the same subject two additional times without a wait, and then requires a 60-day wait period between additional attempts. There is no minimum grade criterion to qualify for such a rewrite opportunity but it will attract a test fee. The GED® test score report will provide you with detailed feedback to address the skills you need to work on.

What happens when I pass all 4 tests?

On successful completion of all tests you will be issued an electronic version of your GED® High School Equivalency Credential issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC.

Can I convert my GED® results to a percentage mark?

Your GED® scores are not able to be converted to an overall percentage.The Percentage rank column shows the percentage of graduating seniors who score at or below the test-taker’s score in that subject. For more information and a full explanation on this, please click HERE.

Can I calculate my GPA based on my GED®?

GED test scores cannot directly be translated into grade-point-average (GPA) equivalents, grade level equivalents, or reading level equivalents.  One of the purposes of standardized testing programs such as the GED® test is to provide an objective measure of student academic achievement, since school letter grades or grade levels can be inconsistent and unreliable indicators of performance. However, the battery average scale score can be located on the GED test’s table of percentile ranks.  The percentiles can provide an approximation of the student’s class rank.  For the current 2014 test, the class rank is based on the high school graduating class of 2013, whose data provided the basis of the GED® test’s Standardization and Norming Study.

What makes a GED® test credential “equivalent” to a high school diploma or a secondary leaving certificate?

The GED® test is accepted as an equivalent to a high school diploma by approximately 98% of colleges and universities in the U.S. and 95% of employers because they recognise the GED® test as a rigorous examination equal to or exceeding high school proficiency. The GED® test is aligned to the career and college readiness content standards in use throughout the U.S., and the test is standardised and normed using a national sample of recent high school graduates. In addition, the Office of the State Superintended of Education in Washington DC has reviewed the test and determined that it meets their requirements in order to be granted a High School Equivalency Credential from Washington DC.

What is the test format?

The test is completed on a computer.

Is keyboarding speed an issue? How does this influence test time?

The time given is adequate for students to construct their answer and key in their response. Field testing has demonstrated that even test-takers with minimal keyboarding skills have adequate time.

How hard is the test?

The test is aligned with today’s high school standards. The difficulty level needed to pass the GED® test is the same difficulty level as needed to pass high school today.

How is the 2014 GED® test scored and what score is passing?

The 2014 GED® test is scored by computer. The passing standard on each content area has been set at a score of 145 on a scale of 100 to 200 scaled score points for each of the four content areas.

How long do you expect we will wait for scores?

Scores will be returned from the test within 24 hours of completion of each subject.

How many questions will be on each test?

The new test forms do not specify numbers of test questions—they are based on raw score points, since all items are no longer worth just one point each. The final raw score point totals are as follows:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts – 65 raw score points
  • Mathematical Reasoning – 49 raw score points
  • Science – 40 raw score points
  • Social Studies – 30 raw score points

Remember that scores from the 2014 GED® test are transformed to a common scaled score metric, to make the scores easier to use and interpret across the content areas.

Is the 145 an average score needed for total passing or a minimum score required for the passing of each test for the 2014 GED®?

There is no average score needed for total passing.

I purchased a GED Ready® practice test voucher, what do I do next to start my practice test?

Follow these instructions to redeem your voucher and start your GED Ready® practice test.

I ordered a Ready GED® voucher, but have not received it.

If you ordered directly from GED.com,  you need to email them directly on  help@ged.com. When emailing, you must include your proof of payment, your name and GED® ID number.

If you ordered from GED.org.za, you must email support@ged.org.za. When emailing, you must include your name, email address and contact number. 

Where do I find my  GED® ID number?

When you log into your GED.com profile, on the Dashboard page, click on PROFILE. Here you will find your GED® ID number.

I have forgotten my GED.com profile login details

Please click on ‘Forgot my password’ on the login page.

I no longer have access to the email account that I used to set up my GED.com profile

Please email help@ged.com and explain that you no longer have access to that email account. In the email you need to include the following information:

    • Name and Surname
    • The old email address
    • ID number
  • Certified copy of your ID

The link to access the electronic copies of my Diploma and Transcript have expired

The links to access the electronic copies that are emailed to you are only valid for 60 days. If they expire before you have accessed and downloaded your Diploma and Transcript, you must log into your GED.com profile and reorder. The cost to re-order is $15 each.

I have not received my electronic copies of my Diploma and Transcript

Did you check the email account that you used when you created your ged.com profile?

If yes, please check your spam folder. If you still have not received it, then you must email  help@ged.com. In the email, you must include your name, surname and GED® ID number.

I have an eligibility alert on my GED.com profile and can not book my exam?

Eligibility Alerts occur because you have created more that one GED.com profile. The GED® will need to merge these accounts.

You must email help@ged.com directly and provide them with your name, GED® ID number and a scanned copy of your certified ID.

I have an age alert on my GED.com profile and can not book my exam?

Age Alerts occur because you are under the age of 18. You must download the consent form from your ged.com profile. Your parent or legal guardian must complete it, you then scan and email it to help@ged.com.

What do I do if I have not received any feedback to my query from help@ged.com?

If you have not received any feedback from help@ged.com after a week, you can forward the email that you sent to us using support@ged.org.za and we will escalate your query with America.

What happens if there is a power outage during my exam?

If there is a power outage during your test, the testing centre will log a case with Pearson VUE. Once they have reviewed your case they will email you their decision. Should a resit be approved, you will need to contact International Pearson VUE directly to rebook your test. The testing centre is not able to rebook test dates on your behalf. You can contact the International Pearson VUE Call Centre on the South African number +27 (0) 11 083 8844 or on the Internationa number +44 (0) 161-855-7440.