Some Test Takers May Be Eligible for High School Equivalency Diploma

Published: February 12, 2016

gedtestingGED Testing Service has announced revised performance levels for takers since January 2014.

GED Testing Service has announced revisions to the passing scores as well as performance levels for its high school equivalency test, and is making those revisions retroactive to January 1, 2014, when the 2014 GED Test series was first released.

North Carolina will join 32 states in recognizing these changes immediately, possibly resulting in as many as 700 new high school equivalency diploma holders in the state. Other states may require additional approval or rule changes to implement the new recommended revisions.

GED Testing Service is contacting those affected by the changes via email; however, test takers with questions can log into their account or go to for information.

The "cut" or passing score is being revised from 150 per test module to 145. Additionally, GED is recalibrating its performance levels to the following scale:
Performance Level 1: Below Passing (100-144)
Performance Level 2: Pass/High School Equivalency (145-164)
Performance Level 3: GED College Ready (165-174)
Performance Level 4: GED College Ready + Credit (175-200)

Those who test at Performance Level 4 may be eligible for up to 10 semester hours of college credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE®) College Credit Recommendation Service. The eligibility of the college credit is at the discretion of the local institution. For more information on ACE®, please visit

"We are working with our GED state representative to ensure students and programs get the necessary information to implement this new change," said Dr. Lisa Chapman, senior vice president for programs in the NC Community College System.

North Carolina's 58 community colleges have the option of offering three high school equivalency tests: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC. Johnston Community College currently offers GED and HiSET exams.

For more information on high school equivalency testing opportunities, please visit or contact Tovoya Dobbin, assessment, recruitment and retention coordinator of basic skills at (919) 209-2122 or

Additional information on the GED Testing Service changes is available at

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