GED® Changes

  • The GED Testing Service has recommended a recalibration of the GED® test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels. These enhancements were made after extensive analysis of test-takers’ performance data from the past 18 months. The score changes are retroactive to January 1, 2014 but will not show up on MyGED until March 1, 2016. 

    Here are the highlights (adapted from

    • The passing score Delaware Secondary Credential has moved from 150 to 145, for all test subjects.

    • The new “GED® College Ready” performance level (score of 165-174) signifies readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses (depending on the accepting post-secondary institution).

    • The new “GED® College Ready + Credit” level (score of 175-200) signifies that a student qualifies for up to ten hours of college credit (depending on the accepting post-secondary institution).

    • The Social Studies test is now 20 minutes shorter, no longer having extended response questions.

    • In Delaware, test-takers who scored between 145-149 on the GED® tests prior to the new passing scores, have now passed those tests! Test-takers who have passed all four GED® subtests will now be eligible for their GED® Delaware Secondary Credential! Credentials will be available after March 1st, 2016.

    Questions should be directed to your local adult education program, GED® Testing Center, or the Department of Education, Adult and Prison Education Resources at (302) 857-3343. 

Last Modified on August 29, 2016