Texas

Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in Texas.

In Texas, you can take the GED® test if you are 16 and

  • have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID
  • are a resident of the state
  • in the care of a state agency or under a court order or in a Job Corps training program
  • are not enrolled in school
  • are not a high school graduate
  • (See Texas Education Code)

If you are 17 and     

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

 

For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • A parent or guardian must be present at the pre-test check-in to give consent and authorize the underage tester to be recorded during testing. If the parent or guardian is not present, the exam session will be revoked.

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, such as a bill with a Texas address. If you have more questions, please contact your local testing center to learn more.

Some states allow people who don’t live there, take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state where you are interested in testing. Please note, the credential will be issued from the state where you passed your final GED exam.

No, Texas doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Yes, you are required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test online. 

Price & Payment

What is my cost if I test at a Test Center?

  • Texas charges $36.25 per module for the GED® test.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Texas charges $42.25 per subject for the GED® test taken online (As of 9/1/21) 

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Don’t have a credit or debit card? Some students use American Express Bluebird. Register for a free Bluebird card online and add funds with cash at a Walmart location. Learn more about Bluebird.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In Texas, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. 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.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam allows for one retake before a 60 day waiting period. After taking a test subject two times online, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting.  

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state. 
  • In Texas, there is a $16.25 test center fee for test retakes. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: (As of 9/1/21)   

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $42.25 for a retake in Texas. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

You can request a printable PDF containing your State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency and test scores by visiting Texas GED Certificate/Transcript Search. TEA no longer mails duplicate certificates/transcripts through the U.S. Postal Service.  All record verifications and Certificate/Transcript requests must be made using the automated system. This system also allows users to search for records online, verify record authenticity, and purchase and print the certificate on their own printer.

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

Other

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Texas you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • No, you must schedule your test appointments separately, one at a time. After you complete one online exam you may schedule another, based on appointment availability.

Yes, in Texas you can test in English or Spanish and you can combine tests from different languages to earn your credential.

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.

Cindee Tonnesen
GED Administrator
Texas Education Agency
William B. Travis Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1494