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.

State Board of Education awards contracts for high school equivalency assessments

The State Board of Education (SBOE) voted January 29, 2016 to award contracts to three separate companies to provide high school equivalency assessments. The high school equivalency assessment serves as the basis for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to issue the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.The three companies – Data Recognition Corporation, Educational Testing Service and GED Testing Service – responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) the SBOE issued during its September 2015 meeting.

For additional information, please visit this TEA News Release.

TEA will provide additional information regarding the timeline as it becomes available.

Changes to Minimum Passing Scores

Effective January 26, 2016, the minimum passing score for high school equivalency has changed from 150 to 145 on all GED subject area tests. As a result, tests taken since January 1, 2014 in the score range from 145 to149 are now passing. By early February, the state will award and email high school equivalency credentials to those who have now passed all four tests.

For Frequently Asked Questions and technical information, please visit www.GEDtestingservice.com/score-changes

Official Certificates, Transcripts, and Verifications

Visit Texas 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 txchse@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 170 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 145* on each of the four exams. Scores of 165 through 174 earn a College Ready designation on the certificate.  Scores of 175-200 will be marked as College Ready + Credit, which may earn credit at participating colleges. 

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.

*This was lowered from 150 to 145 on 1/20/2016 and applies to all exams taken from January 1, 2014 to present.

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