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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a record
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
more information, please visit 2014 High School Equivalency Frequently Asked Questions.
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
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.
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)
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