Posted: Monday, February 8, 2016

The South Carolina Education Department has announced that the GED Testing Service has lowered the passing score for the General Educational Development Tests (GED) from 150 to 145.

That means about 600 people in South Carolina who didn't make a passing grade under the old system now have passed.

The change applies only to people who took the test on the computer after January 1, 2014.

The scores were recalibrated based on research comparing how GED program graduates do compared to how high school graduates have done during the past 18 months.

During the past 40 years more than 220,000 South Carolina residents have earned a high school diploma through the GED testing program.

If you would like more information about preparing for the GED test, please contact Lifelong Learning. This is the district’s adult education program that offers classes in Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, which are the four parts of the GED Test that must be passed to earn a South Carolina High School Equivalent Diploma. You can reach them at their website or by calling 355-6088. You can also go the GED Testing Service website at to learn more about the GED Ready practice test to see if you are ready to take the real test. If you are ready, then you can also register to take the real test, which is administered on computers at Sullivan Center at 206 Wilkins Street, Greenville, SC 29605.

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