Zippz
High, I live in Michigan and am currently taking GED prep classes. I have taken four out of the five official practice tests:

Science : 800
Social Study's: 800
Writing: 640
Reading: 710
Math: N/A

 I am wondering if it is possible to retake a test if you're not happy with the outcome  even if you pass.

Thanks.

Leonard
Hi Zippz! Your practice scores are great!

To answer your question, retesting in Michigan is at the discretion of the Chief Examiner, according to Michigan guidelines. That means that you should contact your local test center to find out the policy. You can find it here: http://www.passged.com/test_state.php

It's most likely that you will only be able to retake an exam you've passed if you have a specific school or scholarship requirement you're trying to meet. Your scores on the practice tests are very high, definitely scholarship level. To give you a general idea, a 640 (which is your lowest practice test score) is around the 90th percentile, so in the top 10%. A 710 is around the 98th percentile, so in the top 2%. Of course, an 800 score is in the 99th percentile and the highest possible score. For the writing test, generally the best way to make sure your score is as high as possible, is to focus on writing a 4 essay. If you get a 4 on the essay, it pushes your score up quite a bit. So, I'd say, if you're looking for competitive colleges or scholarships (which you probably should be!), make sure you've got a level 4 essay... it seems like you have the skills for it.

Hope that helps!
Leonard

zippz
OK so I took some tests but only received one score thus far.

Science : N/A
Social Study's: N/A
Writing: N/A
Reading: 760
Math: N/A

Not sure how many I missed. The instructor said maybe one or two, and to be honest I did guess on one and was only 60% sure on a few. I honestly was hoping for a 780-800.

Science and Social Studies will have to carry me I think. If I can hit 700+ on both I should be in good shape when math rolls around.

As for the writing I am just not sure since it comes down to the essay. Though grammar was never my strong suit; I hope I hit over 600.

zippz
To be honest Science and Social Studies worry me the most. Those are my two highest scores and the ones that I know have to carry me. I'm not sure how to approach them or what I should reasonably expect. These are definitely the two I am feeling the most pressure on.

I just honestly want to do well enough to get into college, if any would actually have me.

lleonard
zippz,

Your scores are definitely college-level... you should be looking into scholarships based on your practice scores and the one score you've gotten back. Let us know what happens.

Leonard

zippz
I was just informed that I received a 670 on Social Studies and I am in utter shock and sick to my stomach. I have no clue what happened. I felt very strong on most of my answers with only one or two that I wasn't confident about. Out of all the pretests and extra tests out of all the books they had I always hit so high and today to drop more then a hundred points........I feel like a boxer who was just knocked down in the 9th and honestly I don't know if I can get back up.

I have yet to receive my writing score but as I said before I know its going to be in the 5's. With only Math and Science left I just don't know where to go from here. My confidence is now shaken and I feel like quitting to be quite honest.

zippz
Science : N/A
Social Study's: 670
Writing: N/A
Reading: 760
Math: N/A
leonard
Don't give up! And don't freak out... the GED scoring is NOT linear. The difference between a 400 and a 500 is a lot different than the difference between a 600 and a 700. A 670 is the 96th percentile. So, you scored at the level of the top 4% of graduating high school seniors. That's huge. I know your goal was to be in the 99th percentile, but don't down-grade the actual achievement you've made. Most scholarships start at the 600 range, and you're well above that. Because 670 is such a high percentile rank, this could mean you got as few as 2 questions wrong. It seems like a big drop, but in reality it isn't! In reality, your 670 is a fantastic score.

Let me ask you this: What is next for you? You mentioned college. You might want to check out some of the colleges you're interested in, or scholarship programs in your area, and find out what their score requirements really are. I think it might ease your mind to find out the real requirements of real schools and scholarship programs.

Leonard

zippz
Just received my writing test score back and it was a 600.....I'm not happy about it but I'm not mad either. The writing test seems like a tricky one so.....I go Thursday to take the Science then its Math next week. That Social Studies test is still wearing on me though. Science has to be high 700's and Math needs to be high 600's or low 700's.

Science : N/A
Social Study's: 670
Writing: 600
Reading: 760
Math: N/A


Leonard
Congratulations! The writing test is tough for a lot of people, and a half a point score difference on the essay can make a big difference on your final score. I want to say again, your scores are great! You've got good things in store for you. I know the waiting for scores can be frustrating. For everyone out there who is studying for the GED, over the next couple of years the test is being switched over to a computer-based test that will be given at computer testing centers and provide faster scoring.
zippz
Science was nowhere near where I wanted it just like social study's but what can you do. I have been out of school for six years so.....I recalled most and used deductive reasoning for the rest. Honestly besides the math you should never score below 700 on these tests (which is why I feel like just an idiot).

As for the math I short changed myself a bit. I was always middle of the road at math (B average student). My biggest problem is I never used math short cuts. I always route everything out so it would take me longer to do problems then most. It was always one of those "if I had enough time I could figure it out" type of things. But since it's a timed test I basically either moved on or guessed if I didn't know it right away.  In all honesty I was burnt out and still sour about the low Science and Social Study's scores. I should have at the very least scored a 640 on the math but again....I took a bad attitude and slacked.

I slacked on the math and didn't study and got what I deserved.

Science : 660
Social Study's: 670
Writing: 600
Reading: 760
Math: 540 (embarrassed)

Overall: 646
ryan
Man, don't be negative. You scored much higher than I did and I'm by no means dumb, I never paid much attention in school because of my asperger's giving me focusing issues not to mention I had been out of school for at least 7-8 years. Most colleges only require an average of 500 points too, i'll probably beable to goto the school I want just on probation since I was at 492 average. Also, I believe you won't get scholarships unless you take the SAT or ACT, that's just what i've heard though.  
Kirsten
You both did excellent; nothing to be ashamed of. Both of you have scores that should qualify you to get to your next step one way or another.

Kirsten Thomas
GED Academy
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