New Jersey Adult Education

Candidates, Graduates and Parents

January 1, 2014 - Present

Starting in 2014 New Jersey is using Three Tests, GED, Hi-Set and TASC.  There is no longer a total score requirement needed to pass.  If a student passes all individual sections of the test, they will receive the State-issued Diploma. Passing Scores from any test can be combined to award the State Diploma.  For example a Student who has passed the Math section of the GED, the Social Studies and Science sections of the Hi-Set and the Reading and Writing Sections of TASC, will be awarded a State-issued diploma. Please note that the new GED doesn't have an individual writing section, as the writing is incorporated into the Science, Social Studies and Reading sections. If students have passed those three sections but not the Math and wish to take the Hi-Set or TASC, they do not have to take the Writing section to earn the Diploma.

GED Social Studies 150
  Science 150
  Reading 150
  Math 150
Hi-Set Writing 9
  Social Studies 9
  Science 9
  Reading 9
  Math 9
TASC Writing 500
  Social Studies 500
  Science 500
  Reading 500
  Math 500

2002-2013 GED Passing Test Scores

To qualify for a New Jersey State-issued high school diploma, the minimum GED Test score requirements must be met. Passing test scores are kept as part of a candidate's permanent GED testing record and all scores are confidential.

  • There were two requirements for passing the GED Tests: (1) earn the minimum passing score on each of the tests; and (2) earn a total score of 2250.
  • Earning the required minimum scores on each of the tests does not total 2250 points. You must have exceeded the minimum scores on one or more tests to achieve 2250 points or better. A diploma is awarded only to the candidate who met both requirements. If, for example, a candidate earns 2880 points but scores only 400 points on the Writing Skills Test, the diploma was not awarded.

English

Testing in NJ started in June 1959. The total passing score needed from that time until December 31, 2001 was 225.  From January 2002 until December 2013 the total passing score was 2250.

Non - English

To pass the GED taken in another language an English Proficiency test was required. From June 1959 until October 31, 1988 the GED Test 6 was used and a score of 40 was needed on top of the 225. When the Maculaitis replaced the GED Test 6 on November 1, 1988 until December 31, 2001 a passing score on each section of the GED and a score of 133 on the Maculaitis was required.  From January 1, 2002 until December 31, 2013 a total passing score of 2250 and a score of 40 on the GED Test 6 was required.

Prior to October 1982

English Minimum passing score of 35 on each test
Non - English Minimum passing score of 35 on each test, including 40 on test 6

October 1, 1982 - September 30, 1986

English/Non-English

Writing

40

English/Non-English

Social Studies

40

English/Non-English

Science

40

English/Non-English

Reading

44

English/Non-English

Math

43

Non - English

Maculaitis/Test 6

133/40

Passing Scores for candidates that were 16-17 years old between April 1, 1987 and October 31, 19888 -Repealed

English/Non-English Writing 50
English/Non-English Social Studies 40
English/Non-English Science 40
English/Non-English Reading 44
English/Non-English Math 48
Non - English Maculaitis/Test 6 133/40

November 1, 1988 - December 31, 2001

English/Non-English Writing 42
English/Non-English Social Studies 40
English/Non-English Science 40
English/Non-English Reading 40
English/Non-English Math 45
Non - English Maculaitis 133

January 1, 2002 - March 31, 2005

English/Non-English Writing 420
English/Non-English Social Studies 410
English/Non-English Science 410
English/Non-English Reading 410
English/Non-English Math 450
Non - English Test 6 40

April 1, 2005- December 31, 2013

English/Non-English Writing 410
English/Non-English Social Studies 410
English/Non-English Science 410
English/Non-English Reading 410
English/Non-English Math 410
Non - English Test 6 40