Certificate of High School Equivalency Information

GED Testing Service, LLC, is the current provider of high school equivalency testing in Texas. Upon passing all four of the exams, the test-taker will be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

Official Certificates, Transcripts, and Verifications

Visit Texas GED Certificate/Transcript Search to obtain a free verification letter.  Also available is a printable PDF containing your Certificate of High School Equivalency with test scores and a diploma-style certificate suitable for framing for $5 which can be paid by credit card or check (automated clearing house). The certificates and verifications must be printed during this transaction.  TEA no longer sends certificates or verifications via mail, fax, or email.    

Official Policy Letter  (PDF)

If your search returns "No Records Found," please email ged@tea.texas.gov to request a record search.

2014 High School Equivalency Exams

The 2014 test series consists of four exams taken on computer at over 130 testing centers in Texas.  Go to www.ged.com to initiate the registration process. The site provides access to preparation resources and practice tests or you can proceed to schedule your exams. Alternatively, you can register by calling 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433).

For more information, please visit 2014 High School Equivalency Frequently Asked Questions.

Test-Taker Eligibility

To take the high school equivalency exams in Texas, you must be a resident of Texas, have a government-issued photo ID, and be 18 years of age or older. For more detailed information and exceptions, please visit our Eligibility Page.

Score Requirements

The 2014 GED Test Series scores range from 100 to 200. To earn a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency, you must achieve a minimum of 150 on each of the four exams. Scores of 170 through 200 represent performance consistent with college and career readiness.  Scores are typically available the same day you tested by logging into www.ged.com.  Certificates are issued approximately five business days after you pass your fourth exam.  TEA will email your initial certificate in a PDF file to the email address used to register for the exams.

You cannot combine scores from previous test series with the current series scores.  Incomplete scores from tests taken prior to January 1, 2014, are no longer valid.
For more information on current and previous test scores, please visit Test Score Requirements and Retesting Policy.

Preparation Information

Study material is available at most libraries and book stores. Most preparation books have practice tests that will help you determine when you are ready to test. There is also helpful information available at www.ged.com, including a free practice test and the GED Ready Official Practice Test.  The GED Ready is available for a nominal fee and provides instant feedback, including specific diagnostic instructions on what you need to study.

To find a preparation program in your area, log in to www.ged.com and choose Study, or contact TCALL at 800-441-READ (7323).

Presentation to the State Board of Education

The Committee on Instruction requested this presentation on current high school equivalency testing for the April, 2014 board meeting.  Certificate of High School Equivalency Presentation (PDF)

Program Authorization:

Texas Education Code

High School Equivalency Examinations Chapter 7.111  

Texas Administrative Code

TITLE 19                   EDUCATION
PART 2                     TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY


§89.41  Policy
§89.42  Official Testing Centers
§89.43  Eligibility for a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency
§89.44  Identification
§89.45  Retesting
§89.46  Accommodations
§89.47  Issuance of the Certificate