GED® Information

What is the GED® ?

The GED® (General Educational Development) test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers.

The four subjects:

  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Reasoning through language arts

Go to www.ged.com  for more information and to begin the process for registering for the GED®.  Special note: the GED® is offered through Pearson VUE and currently the hours of testing are each week, Wednesdays through Fridays. Pearson VUE testing will be blocked for peak registration times, midterms/finals, and holidays.

Important numbers:

Testing Center: 281.425.6430 or 281.425.6842 (for general GED® questions)

Adult Learning Center: 281.425.6536 (for GED® preparation class information)

Help your test-takers prepare for the 2014 test

Resources for the 2014 GED® Program

GED® FAQ:

  • State Requirements
  • Price & Payment
  • Registration & Scheduling
  • Test Scores
  • Retake Policies
  • GED® Test Language Versions

State Requirements

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?
In Texas, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 years old.

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?
This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In Texas, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

You can test at 17, if: (See Texas Education Code)

  • You have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID;
  • You are a resident of Texas (See above for Residency Requirements);
  • You are not enrolled in school (you are excepted if you are enrolled in an approved in-school GED preparation program);
  • You are not a high school graduate; and
  • You must have parental/guardian permission.

You can test at 16, if: (See Texas Education Code)

  • The applicant has a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID
  • The applicant is a resident of the state (See above for Residency Requirements)
  • In the care of a state agency or under a court order or in a Job Corps training program
  • Is not enrolled in school
  • Is not a high school graduate

If you are under the age of 18, you are required to attend school.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?
No, Texas doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

Where can I find an adult education center?
Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?
No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Texas to take the test?
Yes, in Texas you’re required to be a resident. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver’s license or other proof of residency.
If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact your local testing center to learn more.

Are there any additional state requirements for me to pass my GED® test?
Yes, in Texas you’re required to have a valid government-issued photo ID to take the GED® test. This can be from any government, and includes a passport, driver’s license, and Matricula Consular ID card. To learn more about that requirement, please your local testing center to learn more.

Price & Payment

How much does the GED® test cost?
The State of Texas charges $33.75 for each section of the GED® test ($135 total).

Registration & Scheduling

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?
Yes, in Texas you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?
It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.
In Texas you’re required to be a resident to take the test there.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?
In Texas there is no time limit. Please check with your local testing center to learn more.

Test Scores

What score do I need to pass the test?
Texas test-takers need to score a 150 on each test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

Retake Policies 

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?
There’s no wait period in Texas for people who didn’t pass the first time. You can take the test again whenever you’re ready. However, we encourage you receive additional instruction in the classroom or try your hand at a practice test before you re-test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?
GED Testing Service offers a discounted re-take program. According to the policy, GED Testing Service will waive their fees for two free retakes (per module), however most states and testing centers still require a fee. Sign up for your next test at www.GED.com to view your discounted rate.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?
Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.
In Texas, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Texas the credential is called the Certificate of High School Equivalency.

GED® Test Language Versions

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?
Yes, in Texas you can take the GED® test in Spanish.
Find a local testing center.

Can I take the GED® test in French?
Yes, in Texas you can take the GED® test in French.
Find a local testing center.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?
No, Texas residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all four subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

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