Texas GED Requirements

To get hold of your Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE), you will need to pass one of these options: the GED (General Education Development) exam or the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).

The diploma that’s awarded upon successfully completing the GED® or HiSET® exam is accepted by practically all U.S. employers, schools, and government organizations.

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Texas GED testing requirements

  • Applicants cannot already have a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • Applicants cannot be registered for another education program.
  • The minimum age for GED or HiSET testing in Texas is 16.
  • Test-takers 16 or 17 years of age, however, need to meet additional requirements such as having permission from their school districts and holding parental consent.
  • 16-year-old applicants may also qualify if they submit a court order indicating HSE testing is required or allowed.
  • Texas requires test-takers to be state residents.
  • Taking a prep course or attaining passing scores on the GED Ready® test is not required in Texas.

Texas GED online

In Texas, you can either sit for the GED exam online or at a state-designated test center. To schedule your tests, you must register on the website GED.com.

To qualify for online GED testing, you have to take, for each subtest, the GED Ready practice test and reach a likely to pass (green) score. If you take the test at a test center, this requirement doesn’t apply. The GED Ready tests can be purchased on the website GED.com and cost $6.99 each.

Texas GED price

The Texas GED price is $36.25 per individual subtest when taken at a test center. When taken online, the price is $42.75 for each module. So the total cost is either $145 or $169, and keep in mind that online test-takers should also count the $28 of four GED Ready practice tests!

The HiSET exam is slightly cheaper and for both the GED and HiSET counts that the subtests can be taken one (or more) at a time. No need to take it all in one session.

What’s on the GED test?

The GED exam is administered solely on a computer and includes four subtests (or modules) in Social Studies, Science, Math, and Language Arts.

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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.

What’s on the HiSET exam?

The HiSET exam comes with five tests in the fields of Math, Social Studies, Language Writing, Language Reading, and Science.

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.

GED scoring

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

HiSET scoring

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.

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 high school grads would not be able to pass Texas HiSET or GED exam on the first try.

How to register for the GED test?

In Texas, GED and HiSET testing is only available to state residents. With both the GED and the HiSET you can register and pay for each of the four subtests individually.

You need to set up an account on the official GED website GED.com and in the portal MyGED you can register for, schedule, and pay for your test appointments.

Prepare well

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.

So sign up for one of the many physical 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. Today, there are some very good and well-structured online GED prep courses such as the Onsego GED Prep Course that will get you ready for the exams fast.

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, as said earlier, to schedule and pay for your GED tests.