Surry Community College previous GED test takers may now be eligible for diploma due to new pass score

DOBSON — Passing the GED just got a little easier. The old passing test score of 150 has been lowered to 145 after the GED Testing Service (GEDTS) announced a recalibration to the GED test passing score due to the new test being too stringent.

The lower score is also good news for previous test takers, as some who will now be awarded their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma if their score was at least 145. North Carolina is joining 32 states in recognizing this GED test score change immediately, resulting in the awarding of hundreds of new HSE diplomas to test-takers across the state. The changes will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.

The score change will not be reflected in MyGED score reports until March 1. Persons who have already taken the test and made 145 or higher, can log into and check the “My Scores” page to see an updated record on March 1. Test takers should have received an email from GED with more information about the score change. The GED Ready practice test score levels have also changed. Users can log into to check the “My Scores” page to see if they are now “Likely to Pass” any of the test subjects.

For more information, please visit: There you will find answers to frequently asked questions, graphics explaining the new scoring system, audio clips discussing the changes, and more.

Surry Community College offers the GED and HiSET. Those interested in learning more about HSE testing opportunities at Surry Community College can visit or contact Forrest Lineberry at 336-386-3244 or [email protected]

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