Studying and taking practice tests will increase your chances of passing the GED.

The GED, or General Educational Development, test is your second chance to get a better job and career if you didn't graduate from high school. Originally designed to help World War II veterans receive a high school credential, the GED is now available to those who wish to prove their academic skills in social studies, science, reading, writing and mathematics. To pass the GED, you need to have standard scores that average 450.

Standard Score

Your GED test results are reported to you with two scores -- a standard score and a percentile rank. Standard scores determine whether you passed the test. The standard score ranges from 200 to 800 for each content test. You must have a minimum standard score of 410 on each content test and a total of 2250 or higher on all five tests to pass the GED. Standard scores compare you to the performance of graduating high school seniors.

Percentile Rank

Percentile rank ranges from 1 to 99. The purpose of the percentile rank is to show you the percentage of high school seniors who scored at or below your test score. For example, if you have a percentile rank of 75 on the mathematics test, it means that 75 percent of high school seniors scored lower or earned your score on that content test. Percentile rank is not used to determine whether you passed the test.

Reading the Transcript

The official transcript of GED results shows your individual scores on each of the five tests. Each test, test date, test form, standard score and percentile rank is listed in columns. Your standard score is totaled with a battery average. If you have a battery average of 450 or better, the pass box is checked. If the pass box is checked, you have met or exceeded the performance of 40 percent of graduating high school seniors.


If you do not pass the test, you can retake it. If you earn a standard score of 350 or lower on one of the content areas, the GED Testing Service suggests you prepare more for the test before retaking it. You can retest in each content area up to three times in one year. The score on the test you retake will be combined with the content areas you passed. Cost for a retest varies from state to state.