2014 GED® Test Performance Standards


FROM:             Martin Kehe, Vice President, Products

SUBJECT:       IMPORTANT:  2014 GED® Test Performance Standards

DATE:              November 26, 2013


The GED Testing Service is pleased to provide you with information about the performance standards on the 2014 GED® test, including:

  • The norm-referenced Passing Standard for high school equivalency,
  • A second performance standard, the GED® Score with Honors, reflecting skills associated with readiness for career and college,
  • Performance Level Descriptors, providing details about the knowledge and skills represented at each performance level, and
  • Details about the empirical Standardization and Norming Study on which the performance standards were based.


Since the inception of the GED® testing program in the 1940s, the key purpose of the GED® test has been to provide an opportunity for adults who did not complete a formal high school program to certify their attainment of high school–level academic knowledge and skills. The 2014 GED® test continues to provide this core opportunity.


Although the content of the new test is based on career- and college-readiness content standards, the Passing Standard – the score on each content area test that test-takers must achieve in order to demonstrate the level of performance deemed necessary to receive a high school equivalency credential – is tied to the performance expectations of current high school graduates.  Using empirical performance data, the Passing Standard is set at a point which is neither so high as to hold adult learners to a higher standard than that of graduating high school seniors nor so low as to threaten the validity and credibility of the GED® credential”.


Details about the performance standards are located on the GED Testing Service website at http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/2014-ged-test-performance-standards


The 2014 GED® Test content and assessment targets, the Passing Standard and the 2014 GED® Score with Honors were developed with the input of a host of external stakeholders whose valuable insights and recommendations informed the entire process of test development and establishment of performance standards.  A list of these stakeholders appears on the GED Testing Service website at http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/assessment-development.


Please refer questions about the 2014 GED® Test Performance Standards to GED Testing Service at GED2014@gedtestingservice.com.


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