General Education Development (GED) tests are used by all states as a basis for awarding high school equivalency credentials when a student has not graduated from high school. The GED has four subtests: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning. A passing score is 145 out of a possible 200 points for each subtest. However, colleges may require a higher score for applicants – in some cases a score of 165 or higher per subtest.
The GED is administered on a computer. Testing accommodations are available for eligible students with disabilities. Examples of accommodations available on the GED are extra time, extra breaks, and a separate testing room. To receive accommodations, a student must complete an accommodations request form prior to taking the test. The student must have a documented disability and must show why the requested accommodation is needed. It is helpful, but not required, to send supporting documentation, such as the most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP) to assist in the process.
- Graduation Requirements in Pennsylvania
- History and Current Status of Keystone Exams in Pennsylvania
- Taking a Keystone Exam
- Project Based Assessments
- Graduation Requirements for Pennsylvania Students with IEPs