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Combining GED Test Scores

(The following information is up to date, but a brand new GED Exam will debut in 2014 and no one knows what the rules for that test will be like. Until then, rely on this information.)

The present day GED tests are known officially as the 2002 Series GED Tests, developed and first put into use by the ACE in 2002. This series represents the fourth revision in the GED Series of tests originally developed in the 1940s. The GED Series Tests are expected to undergo a fifth revision in 2012. After the upcoming 2012 version goes into circulation, applicants will no longer be able to combine pre-2012 and post-2012 test scores to obtain their total score, since the scores will represent two different test versions.

Typically, each newly released version of the GED test series has been followed by a ten-year span between updates. Following an update’s new release, experts review and revise the GED Tests with new questions, new scoring values, and new cognitive standards and content. Such revisions seek to maintain parity with the changes in high school curriculum, which also undergoes timely revisions because of cultural shifts, technology changes, new teaching methodologies, and new practices.

Presently, applicants who take the 2002 Series GED Tests can retake sections of the GED battery of tests if they happen to fail a particular section. They can then combine their new passing test score with their previously passed test score values. For example, if an applicant passes three of the GED Tests but fails to pass the GED Science Test and GED Mathematics Test, the applicant can retake the Science and Mathematics tests and add the new passing test scores to their previously passed test score values. Such combinations are allowed only because the applicant is retaking the exams under the same 2002 Series GED Tests.

Once the 2012 Series arrives and gains official acceptance, applicants no longer will be allowed to combine test scores recorded under the 2002 Series with the newer 2012 Series GED Tests. If an applicant has not passed all five sections of the GED battery of tests before the new 2012 Series GED Tests are introduced (expected to occur on January 1, 2012), he or she will have to retake all five sections under the new series. The Official GED Testing Centers, the individual states’ Departments of Education, and other jurisdictions that administer the GED are now in the process of making their official press release announcements for the new 2012 Series GED Tests.

Last Updated: 05/15/2014

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