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GED

The pre-2014 GED test was a paper-based assessment graded by scoring companies. The GED Access Codes were part of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Scoring Vendor's technology. GED Access Codes provided to people before January 1, 2014 are no longer useable on the GED testing service webpage. Students who have tested after January 1, 2014 on any of the approved tests will be provided an Access Code in order to provide verification of their diploma to schools, employers or anyone else that needs to verify their education status.  The pre-2014 Access Codes,  and the access codes for people who tested starting in 2014  and the verification process described above will function on the NJDOE webpage.

Consent to Participate

The Consent to Participate Form must be completed by any 16- and/or 17-year-old individual who is currently not enrolled in a public/private high school and interested in taking the Adult Education Assessment. This form must be signed by a parent/guardian and presented to the Chief Examiner when registering for the Assessment. If you want to take the High School Equivalency assessment you must provide the signed consent form to your current school district.

Test Scores

To receive a state-issued high-school diploma a student must pass each subject section of the test.

Subject Section Passing Score
Social Studies 145
Science 145
Reading 145
Math 145

 

 

2002-2013 GED Passing Test Scores

Candidates, Graduates and Parents

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 New Jersey 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.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Passing Scores for candidates that were 16-17 years old between April 1, 1987 and October 31, 1988 -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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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