College Readiness

Being college ready is more important today than ever. The vast majority of new jobs being created in the next 20 years will require certificates and degrees beyond a high school credential, and GED® graduates need to be in a strong position to compete with traditional high school graduates.

The results are in, and they show that GED grads are better prepared than ever for education and training programs. Since 2014 a higher percentage of GED graduates are attending college programs, are enrolling more quickly, and they’re succeeding.


of GED grads enrolled in a college certificate or degree program within three years


do so within one year of earning a GED credential


persist by re-enrolling from one semester to the next - compared to 29% before 2014

About GED® College Ready and GED® College Ready + Credit:

The GED®College Ready (CR) and GED® College Ready + Credit (CR+) score levels were created to help move students more quickly into and through college certificate and degree programs. Based on recommendations from the ACE Credit® program -- the same program that backs CLEP and Advanced Placement (AP) -- students scoring at these levels have demonstrated readiness to enter credit-bearing classes, and some have even demonstrated college-level skills and knowledge.

GED® College Ready:
Students who score 165-174 (on any test subject) should qualify for waivers from developmental education course and from applicable placement testing. These scores are equivalent to the top 9-27% of the national average of graduating high school seniors.

GED® College Ready + Credit:
Students who score 175-200 (on any test subject) have demonstrated skills that could qualify them for college credit. These scores are equivalent to the top 1-8% of the national average of graduating high school seniors.