Frequently Asked Questions about High School Equivalency Testing

Approved providers of the high school equivalency assessment in Texas include the GED through GED Testing Service, LLC; the HiSet Exam through Educational Testing Service (ETS); and the TASC Test through the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). The Texas High School Equivalency Testing At a Glance document will provide you with detailed information about the testing options. Upon the successful completion of a single provider’s exams, the test-taker will be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

1. How do I know if I am eligible to take a high school equivalency test in Texas?
2. Can I take the high school equivalency test online? 
3. How do I see where test centers are located in my area?
4. How do I determine which test is best for me?
5. Can my testing center provide me with a copy of my certificate?
6. Can I combine scores from different test providers?
7. Can I combine scores from more than one series?
8. If I took subject area tests from one test provider, can I switch to a different test provider?
9. When will I receive my scores?
10. How will I receive my initial Certificate of High School Equivalency with scores?
11. How do I get my current scores to finish testing?
12. How can my college or employer verify my certificate and scores?
13. How can I have a sealed copy of my certificate and scores mailed to a college?
14. How can I get a copy of my certificate and scores mailed to me?
15. Who do I contact if the www.txchse.com search did not find my record?
16. If I was approved for accommodations by one test provider, will the approval transfer to a different test provider?
17. If I completed one or more subject area tests in different state, can I continue to test in Texas?


1.How do I know if I am eligible to take a high school equivalency test in Texas?
Please visit Eligibility Requirements for High School Equivalency Testing for specific eligibility information.

2. Can I take the high school equivalency test online?
No.  All official high school equivalency tests are taken at certified testing centers across the state.

3. How do I see where test centers are located in my area?
Please visit the Texas High School Equivalency Testing At a Glance to find a testing center in your area offering the high school equivalency test you intend to take.

4. How do I determine which test is best for me?
The three tests available are the GED test, the HiSET exam, and the TASC test. New test takers will want to review the specific requirements of each test and see which tests are offered in your area when determining which test is best for you. The Texas High School Equivalency Testing At a Glance document will provide you with detailed information outlining the differences in the testing options, such as pricing, delivery methods, and test center locations.

5. Can my testing center provide me with a copy of my certificate?
No, the Texas Education Agency is the only entity authorized to issue certificates in the state of Texas. When a test taker successfully completes the subject area tests required by any single provider, the Texas Education Agency will issue a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

6. Can I combine scores from different test providers?
No. You cannot combine scores between different providers’ tests. Upon the successful completion of a single provider’s exams the test taker will be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

7. Can I combine scores from more than one series?
You cannot combine scores from different test series. All incomplete 2002 GED test series scores expired on December 31, 2013. If you did not complete testing prior to January 1, 2013, you need to complete and pass one of the current provider’s exam series to be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

8. If I took subject area tests from one test provider, can I switch to a different test provider?
Yes. A test taker can choose to take tests offered by any of the three test providers. However, the test taker will only be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency upon the successful completion of a single provider’s complete test battery.

9. When will I receive my scores?
Scores are typically available the same day for computer-based testing.  Paper-based test scores are typically available within 10 business days.

10. How will I receive my initial Certificate of High School Equivalency with scores?
Certificates are issued approximately three business days after the final computer-based test and approximately 14 days after the final paper-based test. TEA will email your initial certificate in a PDF file to the email address used to register for the exams.

11. How do I get my current scores to finish testing?
To view your current scores, please log into your account through your test provider’s website, www.ged.com, www.hiset.ets.org or www.tasctest.com. Incomplete scores from tests taken prior to January 1, 2014 are no longer valid.

12. How can my college or employer verify my certificate and scores?
Colleges and employers are urged to obtain verifications from the Texas Certificate/Transcript Search. TEA no longer sends colleges or employers certificates or verifications via mail, fax, or email. If the search returns "No Records Found," please email txchse@tea.texas.gov to request a record search.

13. How can I have a sealed copy of my certificate and scores mailed to a college?
For a college or university to officially verify GED certificates and scores, please instruct them to visit the Texas Certificate/Transcript Search. TEA no longer sends certificates or verifications to colleges or universities via mail, fax, or email.   

14. How can I get a copy of my certificate and scores mailed to me?
Visit the Texas Certificate/Transcript Search to obtain a free verification letter or a printable PDF containing your Certificate of High School Equivalency and test scores for $5.00.  The printable PDF will include a diploma-style certificate suitable for framing and a transcript with test dates and scores. Purchases may be made by credit card or check (automated clearing house). The certificates and verifications must be printed during this transaction. Upon the successful completion of the tests, a certificate/transcript is sent to the email address used to register for the exams. For duplicate copies, the www.txchse.com search can be used to print your certificate/transcript. 

15. Who do I contact if the www.txchse.com search did not find my record?
If your search returns "No Records Found," please email txchse@tea.texas.gov to request a record search.

16. If I was approved for accommodations by one test provider, will the approval transfer to a different test provider?
No, the accommodations approval will not transfer from one test provider to another. Test takers needing accommodations will need approval from the test provider whose test they are planning to take.  

17.  If I completed one or more subject area tests in different state, can I continue to test in Texas? 
Yes, you can continue to test with the same test vendor in Texas. You will need to contact your test provider to update your jurisdiction to Texas on your account prior to scheduling a test. To test in Texas you will need to provide proof of Texas residency.