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Sherry
 #1 

Could someone tell me how many problems do I need to get right on the Ged math test to pass? They say my score must be  410

Leonard
 #2 
The scoring of the GED math test isn't as simple as getting x number of problems right. The tests are scored based on how difficult they are... like grading on a curve. Based on the performance of students on the test, the scorers use a formula to convert your "raw" score (number right) to a GED score. That said, if you can get 2 out of 3 questions right, you're likely doing good. Maybe even less, for math, but it depends on how hard the particular version of the test is.
Sherry
 #3 
Thanks for your help Leonard
 I just recently found out I have a learning disability so before retesting for my math test I got  an accomadation   this disability.I was able to use a calculator on both parts and now I'm wondering do they score those with learning disabilities the same?
Leonard
 #4 
Sherry,

I'm glad you got diagnosed and were able to get accommodations for your test. Yes, the scoring should be the same for you. The difference for people with documented disabilities is in the test-taking conditions (taking breaks, using calculators, etc.), not in how the test is scored.

Leonard
Sherry
 #5 
I passed my Ged!!! Thanks for all of your help  now I'll be able to pursue my dreams of nursing.

Keshia
 #6 
wow.. congrats sherry!

well my question is this..  im doing pretty well on my other tests, so far ive gotton a 750 in reading comprehension and a 700 on my history, but what im really worried about is my math test. which i know everybody is.. but if i get a low score on that (my states minimum score is 410, so if i get something below that) will i have to re-take the test? or will my high scores from my other tests bring up that score to where i dont have to re take it? im assuming i wont fail (i hope haha) but i just want to have a high general score so if/when colleges look at my scores they will be impressed. do they even look at your scores in college? i live in michigan if that helps

Leonard
 #7 
Hi Keshia! Your scores for reading and social studies are excellent! Here's the way the scoring works... You need a total of 2,250 on all the tests combined to pass. That's an average of 450 on each test. BUT, you need a minimum of 410 on each test. That means, no matter how high you score on the other tests, if your math is below 410, you'll need to retake the math test. Since your scores are so high, you won't have trouble making the 2,250 average... so you just need that 410 in math. If you get less than 410 in math and score well on the other tests, you won't need to retake the other tests, just math.

It sounds like you're taking your tests one or two at a time. That's good strategy. Try to take your math test last, and by itself. That way, you can be totally focused on just math, and you'll be comfortable and confident with the test-taking process. When you're preparing, be sure to take a math practice test. Studies show that using a practice test in preparation raises your score. With a little focused preparation, you should be able to nail this.

College admissions differ, so whether (and why, and how closely) colleges look at your scores will depend on what college you're applying to. The best place to get information is the admissions department of the colleges you're interested in. High scores can help you qualify for some scholarships as well as admission to some colleges. So, they definitely don't hurt. Many college (and major) admissions offices will look at scores in different subject areas separately. So, if you're looking to major in the liberal arts--where it sounds like your strengths are--your very high reading score might be a more important factor to admissions than a math score. Only 2 percent of graduating high school seniors earn scores higher than 700 on the GED subject tests, so your 750 score means you rank in the top 2% of graduating seniors. I'd say that's pretty impressive!

Leonard
mike
 #8 
Im planning on taking my NFPA 1001 firefighting course here in july and the is a 60% requirement for my english and language arts before i can be accepted. i was just wondering if you could clarify the exact percent i got if i scored 520.

Thanks Mike.
leonard
 #9 
Hi! That's a tough question. Do you mean a 60th percentile? (Which would mean you scored higher than 60% of test-takers.) That seems the most likely, since the GED score is all based on comparing your score to other test-takers... a little like grading on a curve. I can't give you an exact percentile for a 520 score... but it's definitely in the neighborhood of the 60th percentile. Score reports usually include a percentile ranking, and that's what you should look for.
mike
 #10 

i actually meant that i needed a mark of at least 60%  but nevertheless now i know i did better than about 60% of the others on the test. but anyways if the test is out of 800 couldnt i just find the percentage of 520?

leonard
 #11 
Hmm. There's no real way to tell your raw score (how many questions you got right) from your GED score, because the different forms (different versions with different questions) are all weighted differently, based on how well groups of students did on them. Basically, to make the different versions of the test equitable, they're weighted based on how hard they are. So, the same 520 score might mean a different number right, depending on what version of the test you took. Still, the scores should fall into a certain range. On Language Arts, Reading, I'm fairly sure that a 520 score means you beat 60% by quite a bit; on the writing test, it's more difficult. The essay score is part of your final score, so how many you got correct depends on your essay score. The higher your essay score, the fewer multiple choice questions you need to get right to get a 520. If your essay score was lower than 3.5, I'm pretty sure you beat 60% right. If your essay was a 3.5, your multiple choice answers might be about 60% right.... if your essay score was 4, you probably didn't get 60% right on multiple choice.
Jessica
 #12 
I got my test results back from my GED and the form, standard score, and percentile rank for the U.S. are all blank on the language arts/writing section. Does this mean I failed?
Leonard
 #13 
Jessica, is there any notation on the Language Arts, Writing section at all, like an asterisk? Or is there a score for your essay?
Niki
 #14 
On the practice tests I have been taking for math, I have an average of 95%. Do you think this is high enough to score above a 720 on the math portion of the GED?
Leonard
 #15 
Niki,

It's hard to give an accurate score prediction from a percentage, because the GED isn't scored as a percentage... it's more like scoring on a curve. Your performance is judged against a sample of graduating high school seniors who were used to test the difficulty of the GED tests.

It's especially hard to judge in the higher end of the scoring scale. I can tell you that 95% correct is probably in the range of a 720 score... but the scores for higher level performance are very difficult to judge exactly. 95% correct on the GED math test is between 47 answers right and 48 answers right out of 50... (it's 47.5) And at the high end of the scale, that one question difference could vary around a hundred points. So, while it's certainly possible you'll make a 720, it's not certain.

The thing to do to maximize your score is to identify what could improve your already excellent score. The score you're aiming for is superior, well above and beyond what most people get. So you'll want to look at the 5% of questions that you miss, and identify any problems that you have. Are they issues with specific areas of math, or are they test-taking issues? Are you reading the questions carefully enough? Making small math errors that could be avoided by double-checking? If there are areas of math you need to brush up on, I'm certain you know how. But also be on the top of your game with a plan for careful test-taking. Answer all the easy questions first, and leave yourself time to carefully go over the difficult questions.

Be proud of your ability: You've achieved a level of math skill most people taking the GED would envy. Don't overstress--it's counterproductive. Approach the test with confidence, and you'll score your best.

Best wishes,
Leonard

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