Currently, the high school equivalency examinations in Texas are provided by GED Testing Service, LLC. Beginning January 1, 2014, the high school equivalency exams will be administered on computer only. Upon passing all four of the exams, the test-taker will be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.
Top Questions on High School Equivalency Testing in Texas
How do I get a duplicate copy of my Certificate of High School Equivalency with scores?
Obtain a printable PDF containing your Certificate of High School Equivalency and test scores by visiting Texas GED Certificate/Transcript Search. The mandatory fee of $5 can be paid by credit card or check (ACH). The certificate must be printed during this transaction.
Special note about changes to the certificate appearance– The style of the Certificate of High School Equivalency has changed and while both the old and the new Certificate of High School Equivalency will continue to be recognized, starting in January 2012, TEA will only be issuing the new style certificate for examinees, including duplicate certificates. For more information, see this News Release.
How do I get a certified copy of my Certificate of High School Equivalency with scores mailed in a sealed envelope?
TEA no longer mails duplicate certificates/transcripts through the US Postal Service. All record verifications and Certificate/Transcript purchases must be made using the automated system. This system also allows users to search for certificate records online, verify record authenticity, and purchase and print the certificate on their own printer. Download and print the Official Policy Letter.
How do I get information on the 2014 High School Equivalency Exams?
For more information, please go to 2014 High School Equivalency Testing Series.
How will I receive my initial Certificate of High School Equivalency with scores?
Typically within five days of passing your 2014 series exams, TEA will email you a PDF file of your State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency for you to print. TEA will no longer mail certificates through the US Postal Service.
NOTE for 2014 test-takers only: There will be a delay in the issuance of the Certificate of High School Equivalency while we complete our system upgrades. For immediate verification of a 2014 Certificate of High School Equivalency, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: "2014 Certificate Verification."
How do I get my current scores to finish testing?
If you began testing after January 1, 2014, you established a login and password as part of the registration process. To review your scores, go to www.ged.com. If you have forgotten your password, click on "Forgot Password" to receive an email with a new temporary password.
If you tested prior to January 1, 2014 but did not complete the requirements, your scores are no longer valid. To verify you have a certificate of high school equivalency, please go to Texas GED Certificate / Transcript Search. If you are unable to access your results, please email email@example.com with your request.
Can I take the high school equivalency exams on paper?
As of January 1, 2014, all high school equivalency exams must be taken on computer at official testing centers. Paper-based testing is no longer available.
How do I register to take the high school equivalency exams?
First, go to www.ged.com to initiate the registration process. At this point, you will have access to preparation resources or you can proceed to schedule your exams. The testing centers will appear in order of closest proximity first. Alternatively, you can register by calling 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433).
For more information, go to the 2014 High School Equivalency Page.
What are the eligibility requirements to take the high school equivalency exams?
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.
Will my 2002 Series scores remain valid for the new 2014 test series?
No. Scores cannot be combined from different test series. All incomplete 2002 GED test series scores expired on December 31, 2013. If you did not complete your testing, you will need to complete and pass all four exams in the 2014 test series
What are the passing score requirements to earn a Certificate of High School Equivalency?
The 2014 GED Test Series scores range from 100 to 200. To earn a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency, one must achieve a minimum of 150 on each of the four exams. Scores of 170 through 200 represent performance consistent with readiness for career and college. For more information, go to the 2014 High School Equivalency Page.
2002 GED Test Series scores ranged from 200 to 800. To earn a Certificate of High School Equivalency during the 2002 GED Test Series, requirements were a minimum of 410 on each of the five exams and a total score of 2250 (450 average).
More information on test scores can be found at Test Score Requirements and Retesting Policy.
How do I prepare to take the high school equivalency exams?
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.
To find a preparation program in your area, please contact TCALL at 800-441-READ (7323).
NOTE - For any questions, services, or other information about GEDs in Texas, please contact GED Testing Services. For technical assistance regarding the printable PDF containing your GED certificate and test scores call 1-800-399-2969.