The State Board of Education (SBOE) voted January 29, 2016 to award contracts to three
separate companies to provide high school equivalency assessments. The current contract will end on October 7, 2016, and TEA will enter into new contracts with vendors beginning October 8, 2016, or when each vendor is ready to provide services and staff and the board chair are confident the vendor can execute the terms of the Request for Proposals.
Test takers may select from one of the following three assessments:
school equivalency assessment serves as the basis for the Texas Education
Agency (TEA) to issue the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE). TEA is the only agency in Texas authorized to issue the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. Tests may only be administered by authorized testing centers.
For additional information, please visit this TEA News Release.
Official Certificates, Transcripts, and Verifications
Visit the Texas Certificate/Transcript Search
to obtain a free verification letter or a printable
PDF containing the
Certificate of High School Equivalency and test scores for $5. The printable PDF will include a
certificate suitable for framing and a transcript with test dates and scores. Purchases can be made by credit
card or check (automated clearing house). The certificates and
verifications must be printed during this
Colleges and employers are urged to obtain verifications and certificates from the Texas Certificate/Transcript Search as TEA no longer sends certificates or verifications via
mail, fax, or email. Additional information
Official Policy Letter (PDF)
If the search returns "No Records Found," please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a record
Current High School Equivalency Exams
There are now three high school equivalency testing options in Texas: the GED test, the HiSET exam and the TASC test. 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.
The test taker chooses which test series to take. The test language can be either English, Spanish, or a combination.
more information, please visit Test Information At A Glance and High School Equivalency Frequently Asked Questions.
the high school equivalency exams in Texas, an individual must:
- be a resident of
- have a government-issued photo ID, and
- be 18 years of age or older.
more detailed information and exceptions, please visit our Eligibility
The minimum score requirements are determined by the test provider.
Scores are typically available the same day for computer-based testing. Paper-based test scores are typically available within 10 days. 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 the initial certificate in a PDF file to the email address used to register for the exams.
Individuals cannot combine scores from a previous test series or different test series. 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.
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. Helpful information available from each test provider website:
To find a preparation program in
your area, contact Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL) at 800-441-READ (7323).
Texas Education Code
High School Equivalency Examinations Chapter 7.111
Texas Administrative Code
TITLE 19 EDUCATION
PART 2 TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
CHAPTER 89 ADAPTATIONS FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
SUBCHAPTER C TEXAS CERTIFICATE OF HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY
§89.42 Official Testing Centers
§89.43 Eligibility for a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency
§89.47 Issuance of the Certificate
Content Updated 9/21/2016