I couldn't even formulate a correct title for this question. I'm having a problem with a word/verb choice to describe some values that "pass(?)" A certain threshold. For example consider

1 3 |5| 7 8

The threshold is 5, but what I got is 3, which couldn't pass the 5.

How would I say it?

That value 3 cannot pass/get over/bypass/pass through the 5.

The word 'pass' sounds natural to my ears but I know there are some alternatives. Or is it rather plainly 'pass'?

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    The value does not reach the threshold (assuming that it's not necessary to go beyond the threshold to "pass" whatever test is being conducted). Jul 13, 2017 at 16:48
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    How about "The value 3 did not exceed the value 5"? I assume these are numerical values.
    – user3169
    Jul 13, 2017 at 17:04

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The phrase meets or exceeds is a very common one. If 5 is the minimum acceptable value, and you refer to 5 as the threshold, you can say "Only values that meet or exceed the threshold are acceptable."


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