Certificate of High School Equivalency
The State Board of Education currently contracts with GED Testing Service to provide the GED test. Upon the successful completion of the four GED tests, the test taker will be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.
Register for a free account and schedule your tests at www.ged.com.
Prepare for the exams by visiting GED Preparation Resources.
GED tests can be taken in either English, Spanish, or a combination. Tests may only be administered by authorized testing centers.
For additional information, please visit GED Information and High School Equivalency Frequently Asked Questions.
Need help getting started? View the Steps to earn a Certificate of High School Equivalency.
Official GED Certificates, Transcripts, and Verifications (HiSET & TASC also)
Visit the to obtain a free verification letter or to purchase a PDF containing the Certificate of High School Equivalency with test scores for $5. The PDF will include a diploma-style certificate suitable for framing and a transcript with test dates and scores.
You can save the PDF to your computer or electronic device, email it to yourself or third parties, and/or print it. Purchases can be made by credit card or check (automated clearing house).
Colleges and employers should obtain verifications and certificates directly from the Texas Certificate/Transcript Search as TEA no longer sends certificates or verifications via mail, fax, or email.
Official Policy Letter (PDF)
If the search returns "No Records Found," please create a Help Desk ticket to request a record search.
NOTE: If you graduated from high school, contact the school district from which you graduated to request your transcript.
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.
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 is also available on the GED Preparation Resources page.
To find a preparation program in your area, contact Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL) at 800-441-READ (7323) or search online using the Adult Ed Program Search.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Division for College Readiness and Success has expanded the exemptions used for the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) to include college readiness benchmarks on the state's approved high school equivalency tests.
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
- §89.41 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
Related Program Authorizations:
Subsidy For High School Equivalency Examination for Certain Individuals
- Texas Education Code, Chapter 48.302
Diplomas for Certain Individuals Who Entered Grade 9 Before 2011-2012 School Year
- Texas Administrative Code, Rule § 74.1027
Texas First Diploma
- Texas Administrative Code, Rule § 21.50
Conference Committee Report
Content Updated 2/14/2024
Texas Virtual School Network
UT Austin Online High School
Texas Tech University ISD Online High School
High School Equivalency Program
Texas Challenge Academy
Texas Private School Accreditation Commission