GED--High School Equivalency

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GED Testing Requirements

Questions & Answers About GED Testing

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Requirements for Testing:

Any resident of Texas who has not graduated from an accredited high school is eligible to take the high school equivalency test. Applicants must be 18 years of age and be officially withdrawn from school.  A 17 year-old may register to test if they have a "Permit to Test" signed by an official from the last school attended and their parent or guardian's written permission.  "Permit to Test" forms are available at www.gedcomputer.com.  A 16 year-old may not test without a court order that includes a case/cause/docket number on it.

To qualify for an age exception, a 17-year-old must:

  1. have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID (see above for ID requirements);
  2. have proof of Texas residency (see above for residency requirements);
  3. verify you are not currently enrolled in school (unless enrolled in an approved in-school High School Equivalency Program);
  4. not have an accredited high school diploma; and
  5. have parent or guardian permission.

Alternatively, a 17-year-old may qualify under the 16-year-old rule below.

 

To qualify for an age exception, a 16-year-old must:

  1. have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID (see above for ID requirements);
  2. have proof of Texas residency (see above for residency requirements);
  3. not have an accredited high school diploma; and
  4. be one of the following:
  5. in the care of a state agency;
  6. under a court order issued under Family Code 65.103 (a) (3);
  7. enrolled in a Job Corps training program, or
  8. enrolled in the Texas Challenge Academy.


Fees:
The fee for the entire GED is $145 or $36.75 for each subtest.

Identification:
Examinees must be residents of the state of Texas.  Each examinee must present a valid (photo) Texas driver's license or Department of Public Safety Identification Card at the time of testing.  A military photo ID, a valid passport or a government issued ID is acceptable if examinee has no Texas Driver's License or State ID card.  No other form of photo ID is acceptable.

Registration:

  • Examinees must pre-register and pre-pay by going to https://ged.com or by calling the toll-free phone number, 1-877-EXAM-GED. Payment is by debit or credit card only.
  • If the examinee is under the age of 18, the appropriate documents (withdrawal form, parent/guardian wavier for 17 year-olds and the court order for 16 year-olds) must be submitted to the GED Call Center at www.ged.com.

Test Dates and Times:

Test dates are most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each month. For exact dates, see the TVCC Calendar or go to www.ged.com.

Special Accommodations:  
Contact the GED Call Center for information regarding special accommodations for candidates with documented disabilities.

Retesting:

Scores from tests taken prior to January 1, 2014 are no longer valid.  If you tested prior to January 1, 2014, you will be required to begin again on all parts of the GED 2014. The 2002 GED Testing Series was replaced beginning January 2014.
 

Waiting Periods:
In Texas, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

Scores:
After taking the GED 2014 subtests, login to your MyGED account by going to https://GED.com. Select the "scores" tab for your test scores. For a copy of your score report, go to the Texas Education Agency GED website for $5 to be printed on one's own printer. The website is: www.texged.com or www.txchse.com .

Posted Date:
1/10/2019 2:55:31 PM