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GED Scoring Changes

There’s never been a better time to take the GED® test!

Did you know? The passing score for the GED® test is now 145 instead of 150. That means you’re more likely than ever to earn your credential!

On April 8, 2016, OSSE accepted GED Testing Service’s recommended changes to the scoring framework associated with the GED® test. Consequently, the passing score for each of the GED® subject tests is now 145. This change is scheduled to be implemented on or before May 1, 2016 and will apply retroactively to all tests taken since Jan. 1, 2014. Based on a preliminary data analysis, this change in the passing score will result in 117 DC residents receiving the GED Credential and another 383 DC residents passing between one and three of the four GED subject tests.

How does the score change affect you?

  • Not yet taken the test? Now’s a great time to get started because of the updated passing score. Go to GED.com and set up your free MyGED® account. You can explore the free resources and learn more about the test.
  • Already started studying? With the 145 passing score, you may be closer to being ready to test than you think! Keep studying and find out if you’re ready to pass.
  • Already taken one or more GED® tests? If you took a GED® test after Jan. 1, 2014 and scored 145 or higher, then you passed that test! And if you’ve scored 145 or higher on all four test subjects, then you’ve earned your GED® credential! Log into GED.com and check out the “My Scores” page to see your updated record.

What’s the best way to get ready for the test?

  • Take the GED Ready® practice test to see if you’re ready. The practice test will tell you if you’re ready to pass and what you need to study to score higher. Log into your MyGED® account to order and take the GED Ready® practice test today. Or, contact your adult education program or the GED Program Office to learn how to take the GED Ready® practice test for free.

Establishment of the DC State High School Diploma


sample of the state diploma

Adding to the excitement of the GED scoring change is the fact that passing the GED in DC now results in the granting of a State High School Diploma rather than the GED credential!   

Just recently the DC State Board of Education approved OSSE’s request to award a State High School Diploma for the District’s adult learners who pass the GED exam. The State Diploma will be awarded to all future GED passers as well as any DC resident who has passed the GED since Jan. 1, 2014. The State Diploma is recognized as the equivalent to the high school diploma and bears the signature and seal of the State Superintendent of Education. This important step was taken to more accurately and appropriately recognize the level of rigor of the new GED and the dedication, hard work, and demonstration of skill it takes for residents to successfully complete this alternative path to a high school diploma. The creation of the State Diploma is an example of the District’s commitment to expanding pathways to the middle class and will provide an excellent opportunity to pursue postsecondary education and training; better careers; and greater earning potential.

Taken together, the GED scoring change and the establishment of the State Diploma makes this the perfect time for those adults without a high school diploma to get back on track. If you have any questions about these changes or how to get started, please contact OSSE’s GED Program Office at (202) 274-7173.

What are you waiting for? Take the next step towards your future today.