GED Information

GED Information for Educators

There needs to a clear and distinct separation between GED® testing and the instruction for students to get optimally prepared for the four GED tests. This is needed for the protection of the GED Tests’ integrity. This post is offering you a lot of information about the Kentucky GED test and aims to help adult education professionals with preparing students better for the latest version of the GED exam that was rolled out across the U.S. in January 2014.

In 2012, PearsonVUE, a major education publisher and test developer, joined forces with the American Council on Education (ACE) to develop a new Series of GED tests that would better suit the modern-day workplace and the requirements of institutions of higher education. The new GED exam was introduced nationwide in January, 2014., and is available only in a computerized format. There are now four sub-tests on the academic fields of Social Studies, Science, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts, and because the latest version of the GED exam is more challenging than the former edition, getting optimally prepared is crucial.

Students are required to create an account on the website of GED Testing Services, Adult education providers may help students with this process, and one of the many advantages is that students can learn their scores right away. No longer do they have to wait in anxiety for weeks. The new GED exam is modular, meaning that students can take one of the four sub-tests (modules) at a time. Scores have a validity of two years.   Instructions and training videos for creating their own accounts at are available on the website of KYAE.

Applicants can get a lot of information about all topics related to GED testing when they go to the online portal MyGED on the website Here they will be guided through the entire process of registration, scheduling individual tests, how to make payment, the job market, profession outlooks, and a lot more. Students are required to have a major credit or debit card (if not, no problem, testing sites may also provide vouchers), and a functioning email address. If they don’t, they can create one right there on the website.

Students can consult with their test center about testing schedules, though all this information is available online as well. KYAE offers all possible help to get students acquainted with the new procedures as soon as possible.  The four GED sub-tests measure the educational level and achievement of those adults who never completed high school graduates and compare their competency and knowledge with that of graduating high school seniors. Don’t think that passing the tests is a walk in the park. The four tests are set and scores in a way that only 65 percent of high school graduates would pass!

When the new, computer-formatted GED exam was introduced, the passing score was set at 150 on a scale that runs from 100 to 200. Later it appeared that quite a few GED graduates outperformed their peers with a regular high school diploma, and research indicated that the passing score was set too high. At the beginning of 2016, it was therefore decided to lower the passing score on each individual test to 145. So students need to achieve at least 145 on each of the four tests, so the minimum overall score is now 580 out of a possible 800.

100 – 144: Below Passing Score
145 – 164: Passing Score (high school equivalency)
165 – 174: College Ready Score
175 – 200: College Ready + College Credit Score


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