Pearson Is Everywhere: Lowering the bar for the GED

Welcome back to Pearson is Everywhere, folks. It’s been a while since we had an installment, but this one is big.

Pearson, who owns the General Education Development test commonly known as the GED, is lowering the bar.

Via the GED Website:

GED Testing Service has recommended a recalibration of the GED® test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels. These enhancements have now been applied in most states and were made after extensive analysis of test-takers’ performance data from the past 18 months. Please use the resources on this page to learn more about the changes to the GED® program.


The passing score for high school equivalency has moved from 150 to 145, for all test subjects.*

The new “GED® College Ready” performance level (score of 165-174) signifies readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses.

The new “GED® College Ready + Credit” level (score of 175-200) signifies that a student qualifies for up to ten hours of college credit.

The GED® test continues to measure the problem solving and critical thinking skills valued by employers and necessary for adults to succeed in the workplace and career or college programs.


In most states test-takers who scored between 145-149 on the GED® test prior to the new passing score recalibration will now be eligible for their state’s GED® credential.*

Color me unsurprised, since the GED was Common Core aligned the number taking the test and passing it has spiraled into the proverbial toilet.   In fact, in 2014 Pearson revised the test to be taken totally online and aligned it to Common Core. The passage rate that year dropped a whopping 90%.

Pearson also hiked the cost — to $135.  So much for the GED being the ‘every man’s test’.