As your students advance through their prep and start taking their GED subject tests, we are here to help you understand the GED test performance level descriptors.

This will help you guide students through the skills they need to demonstrate on the GED® test, corresponding with each performance level on the test. These performance level descriptors also apply to scoring on the GED Ready® practice test.

There are four levels:

  • Below Passing
  • Passing for High School Equivalency
  • GED® College Ready
  • GED® College Ready + Credit

Each level builds in complexity regarding the extent to which students can understand and work with content in each subject.

For Mathematical Reasoning, the main areas being assessed are:

  • Quantitative problem solving with rational numbers
  • Quantitative problem solving in measurement
  • Algebraic problem solving with expressions and equations
  • Algebraic problem solving with graphs and functions

For Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA), the main areas being assessed are:

  • Analyzing and creating text features and techniques
  • Analyzing relationships within texts at a limited and/or inconsistent level
  • Using evidence to understand, analyze, and create arguments
  • Applying knowledge of English language conventions and usage

For Science, the main areas being assessed are:

  • Analyzing scientific and technical arguments, evidence, and text-based Information
  • Applying scientific processes and procedural concepts
  • Reasoning quantitatively and interpreting data in scientific contexts

For Social Studies, the main areas being assessed are:

  • Analyzing and creating text features in a social studies context
  • Applying social studies concepts to the analysis and construction of arguments
  • Reasoning quantitatively and interpreting data in social studies contexts

You can learn more through the detailed descriptions in this comprehensive pdf download and in this chart.

We also have an assessment target comparison table for your reference.

All of these materials are available in English and Spanish. Learn more on our teaching resources page for adult educators.