Certificate of High School Equivalency Information

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:

  • GED test
  • HiSET exam
  • TASC test 

The high 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 diploma-style 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 transaction.  

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 txchse@tea.texas.gov to request a record search.

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.  

For more information, please visit Test Information At A Glance and  High School Equivalency Frequently Asked Questions.

Test-Taker Eligibility

To take the high school equivalency exams in Texas, an individual 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 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.

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. 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).


Program Authorization:

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     

Rules

§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
  

Content Updated 9/21/2016