To get hold of your high school equivalency (HSE ) credential in Texas, you will need to pass one of these options: the GED® (General Education Development) exam or the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test).
Texas HSE (High School Equivalency) Testing Requirements
- Applicants cannot already have a high school or equivalent diploma.
- Applicants cannot be registered for another education program.
- The minimum age for HSE testing in Texas is 16 but applicants test takers 16 or 17 years of age must have permission from their school district and parental consent.
- A 16-year-old applicant may also qualify if he or she submits a court order indicating HSE testing is required or allowed.
- The Texas GED testing fee is $145 for the entire exam or $36.25 per subtest. The HiSET exam is slightly cheaper.
- Texas requires test-takers to be state residents.
So HSE testing in Texas is only for state residents. With the GED, you can register and pay for each of the four subtests individually, so $36.25 per section. The HiSET subtests can be taken separately as well.
The GED exam is administered solely on a computer and includes four subtests (or modules) in Social Studies, Science, Math, and Language Arts. The HiSET exam comes with five tests in the fields of Math, Social Studies, Language Writing, Language Reading, and Science.
The GED modules are measured on a scale from 100 to 200. The following scores apply:
- 100-144: Below Passing
- 145-164: High School Equivalency Score
- 165-174: College Ready Score
- 175-200: College Ready plus Credits
The HiSET tests are scored on a scale of 0 to 20. The passing score on each subtest is 8, the minimally required overall score is 45, and the essay score must be 2 or up. Not all testing centers administer both HSE options so check with your nearest testing site which test(s) they use.
Texas does not require test takers to a GED or HiSET prep course first. It is strongly advised, though, to get perfectly prepared for the exams as they are very challenging.
The HiSET exam is available in both paper-and-pencil and computer-based formats (at most Texas testing sites) and these options include five testing fields as the Language section includes separate reading and writing tests.
The Texas High School Equivalency Program is geared towards adults who could not complete their regular high school curriculum and gives them one more chance to get hold of a degree that is across North America recognized as the equivalency of a common HS diploma.
The HSE diploma is accepted by practically all U.S. employers, schools, and government organizations.
Testing is administered at a level that is comparable to that of graduating high school seniors and the passing standards are set at such a level that some forty percent of HS grads would not be able to pass one of the Texas HSE exams on the first try.
So sign up for one of the many physical HSE prep classes or follow a well-structured online GED or HiSET prep course to become all geared up for your Texas high school equivalency exam. GED and HiSET testing can be done online (for qualifying applicants) or at an official Texas testing site.
If you require any sort of accommodation, please apply in a timely manner. For GED accommodations, go to GED.com and set up your account at the portal MyGED. This is also the place to schedule and pay for the GED tests.