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2016 GED Test Changes

The GED® Testing Service has announced changes to the 2014-version of the GED® Test, including an adjusted passing score, the addition of two new performance levels, and a modification to the social studies test.

  • Beginning January 26, 2016, the high school equivalency passing score will move from 150 to 145 and will apply retroactively to all GED exams taken since January 1, 2014.
  • Two new performance levels have been added.
    • The GED College Ready® performance level (score of 165-174) signifies readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses.
    • The GED College Ready® + Credit level (score of 175-200) signifies that a student may qualify for up to ten hours of college credit.
  • Starting March 1, 2016, the extended response portion of the social studies test will no longer be given and the maximum test time will decrease by 15 minutes.

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