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GED - Frequently Asked Questions

 

 Free Practice Tests

 

Access the free practice test today and get a preview of the content and technology that are part of the 2014 GED® test. http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/freepracticetest

 

 

 

Eligibility Requirements 

 

A resident of the state who has not graduated from an accredited high school is eligible to take the high school equivalency test per Texas Education Code, Section 7.111 in accordance with rules promulgated by the State Board of Education. Eligibility requirements for high school equivalency testing are defined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 2, Chapter 89, Subchapter C, Rule §89.43.

 

In order to take the high school equivalency exams, the test-taker must:

 

Have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID, such as one of the following:

  • State driver license or Department of Public Safety identification card,
  • Military ID,
  • Passport, 
  • U.S. passport card or matrícula consular;  

 

Provide proof of residency in Texas, which could be a:

  • Texas driver license,
  • Utility bill showing a Texas address, or
  • Bank statement showing a Texas address;

 

Be 18 years of age:

  • Not be enrolled in an accredited high school; and
  • Not be a high school graduate from an accredited high school. 

 

Age Exceptions

Individuals under the age of 18 are required to attend school (Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.085) unless they qualify for an exemption (Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.086).

 

17-Year-Old Test-Takers

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

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

 

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

 

16-Year-Old Test-Takers

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

  • Have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID (see above for ID requirements);
  • Have proof of Texas residency (see above for residency requirements);
  • Not have an accredited high school diploma; and

 

Be one of the following:

  • In the care of a state agency;
  • Under a court order issued under Family Code 65.103 (a) (3);
  • Enrolled in a Job Corps training program, or
  • Enrolled in the Texas Challenge Academy.
 
Under 18 years old must also provide the state-required parental permission/withdrawal form (you will receive instructions from the www.GED.com website when you set up your profile). It must be signed by an official from the last traditional school attended. The form will then need to be scanned and e-mailed to the Texas Education Agency for verification.  
 
 
What is the 2014 GED® test?
 
The 2014 GED® test is a four-part test administered by states and jurisdictions to measure the skills and knowledge similar to a high school course of study. GED® graduates earn a GED® credential. The type of credential issued (diploma or certificate) varies by state.
 
What is on the 2014 GED® test?
The 2014 GED® test is designed to measure the skills and knowledge equivalent to a high school course of study and supports an adult’s successful transition to careers or college. It is offered in English and Spanish and delivered on computer at an Official GED® Testing Center (not online).The GED® test has four content areas and takes roughly seven and a half hours:
 
The Reasoning through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections:
Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
Student break (10 minutes)
Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content
*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
 
The Mathematical Reasoning test is 115 minutes long and is one single section.
Part 1 – (first 5 questions) calculators not allowed
Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculators allowed
Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.
 
The Social Studies test is 90 minutes long and testing is broken down into two sections:
Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
 
The Science test is 90 minutes long and is one single section. There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.
 
Do I have to take all four content areas at once?
No. You can choose to take one content area at a time, two at a time, or any combination that best suits your needs.
 
Is the 2014 GED® test available online?
You must appear in person, at an Official GED® Testing Center to take the GED® test. The test cannot be taken online 
 
Why is the GED® test only offered on computer? 
Computer-based testing pulls all the information you need in one place and offers a flexible and reliable testing experience. The 2014 GED® program ensures that your high school equivalency provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to take the next critical steps in your life and succeed in today’s digital world.  
            
Score Requirements
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.
 
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.
 
How will I receive my initial Certificate of High School Equivalency with scores? 
 After you test, results are posted on MyGED® in less than 3 hours. Once you pass all 4 test subjects, you'll get your GED® transcript and diploma emailed to you that day.

What if I don't pass all the tests the first time?
You can take two retests, with no restrictions between retakes. If you fail the second retest, the test taker must wait 60 days for each additional attempt. Your state may have a specific state policy on how many times a test taker can re-test that is less than three attempts. In those cases, the GED Testing Service® policy will be included to support the state policy. At a minimum a test taker will need to wait 60 days after three failed attempts and any subsequent retest.
 
Discounted Retake Program
With the discounted retake program, every student is eligible for two discounted retakes for each GED® test subject taken. These discounted retakes are valid for twelve months after the initial test attempt. For each discounted retake, GED Testing Service waives all testing fees, so the only costs to the student are any applicable state or testing center fees.http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/2014retakeprogram


 
Official Certificates, Transcripts, & Verifications
Visit Texas GED 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.    
 
If your search returns "No Records Found," please email txchse@tea.texas.gov to request a record search.