EPCC announces new passing GED scores

February 16, 2016


A new passing score has been released for GED test takers at El Paso Community College.



Vladimir Avina/Tejano Tribune

Barbara Hicks, Coordinating Testing Instructor and Lucy Garcia, Testing Services Specialist, standing outside the EPCC testing center at the Valle Verde campus. 




“The El Paso Community College GED Testing Center is extremely excited about this announcement” said Cindy Compean, EPCC GED testing manager. 


In addition to this announcement, GED performance levels will be introduced for test takers who reach a certain score. EPCC has already experienced individuals taking advantage of this announcement,


“It’s really exciting for us here at EPCC because people that have struggled with the passing score will now obtain their GED credential,” said Compean. "They noticed students who passed a GED test needed fewer

developmental courses than those who have high school diplomas” 


The score recalibration came from data analyzation. GED testing services in Washington D.C. started this change in 2014, to make sure that the cut score is in par with the average graduate high schooler. 


The test content and level of difficulty remained the same, however the score for high school equivalency changed from 150 to 145. 


Along with this announcement came news of opportunities for GED test takers. There are now what you call GED performance levels. 


The first GED performance level is a score between 165-169. Having that score level is what they call GED College Ready. 


The test taker that is GED College Ready can go straight into college courses. 


The second GED performance level is GED College Ready plus College Credit, which has to be score in between 175-200. 


This work is through the American Council of Education. 


Then the council will award the test takers with college credit. 


“It is our understanding that UTEP and EPCC will accept the American Council of Education Transcript,” said Compean.


In the state of Texas, 3,400 more GED credentials have been issued due to the new test score recalibration which indeed has proven to be beneficial for students. 


With this change El Paso Community College has experienced ten motivated individuals to come in and take the test which allows them the opportunity to enter the workforce or attend a college for a higher education.”


For more information, contact El Paso Community College GED Testing Center at 


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