After all that studying and preparing for the GED, when the scores come you will find that you have to figure out how to read and interpret your scores.
The first thing to understand is how the test is organized and broken down. The test is made up of a sequence of five tests and are broken down into the following subject areas; math, reading and writing, social studies and science. Each test is made up of multiple choice questions and the second part of the writing test requires an original essay to be written.
Most areas use the rules of scoring which were put in place by the American Council on Education. After taking the GED, you will have a standard score. This score can be between 200 and 800. Sixty percent is required to pass, which means that you’ll need a standard score of no less than 410 on each of the five tests.
In addition to this, an average score of at least 450 must be earned overall. To explain, each individual test cannot be lower than 410. However, if a score of 450 is not earned on each test, another of the test sections can bring the overall average up to at least 450.
The essay is scored in a different manner. The two page essay, written by the examinee, will count for forty percent of the writing test score. The essay must be written on topic of the prompt. It is scored in organization, idea development, effectiveness and the focus of the essay based upon the writing prompt.