More than 19 million Americans have earned a high school equivalency credential through the GED® Testing Service (GEDTS). The GEDTS is now a joint venture between Pearson-VUE and the American Council on Education to advance and deliver the GED® Test. The GED® Test is the most widely accepted measure of high school equivalency. The 2014 updated version is a high school equivalency test battery that measures skills in four subject areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All tests must be taken and passed to earn your high school equivalency diploma.
In order to take the GED tests, you must:
- Have a valid government issued photo ID (see below).
- Be a Texas resident 18 or older with a Texas address
- Be a 17 year old with parental permission
- If ID presented does not show Texas address you must have proof of residency (utility bill, bank statement or lease agreement)
- Not be enrolled in high school (provide School Withdrawal form)
- Not be a high school graduate
A valid government issued ID:
- ID must be current (not expired)
- All ID's must show a Texas address or have proof of Texas residency
- Must include a date of birth, photograph and signature
- May include the following:
- State Driver’s License
- Department of Public Safety ID Card
- Military ID
- U.S. Passport Card
- Matricula Consular Card
- Does not include:
- Credit or Debit Cards
- School ID Cards
Fees for the GED 2014 Test:
In the state of Texas, there is a $36.25 fee attached to each of the four GED subject areas, for a total of $145.00. Please note that this must be paid with a credit card at the time you register for the test.
Registering for your GED tests:
Within your MyGED, you will to access information on testing rules and regulations, request accommodations and schedule your exams.
With MyGED, you can schedule your exams 24-7. When you login, you will click on the Schedule Test link at the top of the page. You will then have the opportunity to choose the subject, day, time and location that works best for you.
Note to examinees under the age of 18:
If you are under 18 years of age, you are required to submit forms to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for approval prior to registering for the GED 2014 tests. These forms can be accessed at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/gedforms.html.
After filling out the forms, please save them to your computer. In order to send the documents to TEA, you will need to develop an account with Accellion at https://sendfiles.tea.state.tx.us/. Once the account is set up, you will use the Accellion email function to email your documents to TEA at firstname.lastname@example.org
GED Sections and Time Limits:
The 2014 version of the GED is offered on the computer and includes the following four parts:
- Reasoning through Language Arts (155 minutes including a 10 minute break)
- Social Studies (95 minutes)
- Science (75 minutes)
- Mathematical Reasoning (120 minutes)
The Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics modules include an embedded calculator, and an example of the calculator is shown below. The tutorial presented at the beginning of the Mathematics module provides you with instructions on using the calculator
2014 Series: In addition to the embedded calculator, you are ALLOWED to use a personal calculator only for Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics Part 2. The only hand-held model allowed for these modules is the Texas Instrument TI-30XS. Any calculator you bring that does not match the accepted models cannot be brought into the testing room and used on the exam. We can provide a calculator if needed.
GED 2014 Scoring:
With the 2014 GED Test series, the scores range from 100 to 200. To earn a Certificate of High School Equivalency for the state of Texas, you must attain a minimum of 145 on each of the four exams. Thus, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each part.
You will be able to view your scores at the end of the day you tested. All you have to do is log back into http://www.ged.com (MyGED) and click on the ‘My Scores’ link.
For the 2014 GED test, you can take the first three attempts per subject area without wait time restrictions. However, all subsequent attempts are subject to a 60-day waiting period between attempts.
GED Study Classes at TJC:
Call the Literacy Council at 903.533.0330 for class information. It is not necessary to take classes but classes would help you better prepare for the GED test.
GED Dates and Location
GED test dates and times are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We are located at:
Regional Training and Development Complex Room 155
1530 SSW Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-510-2913 (can be reached on every Wednesday and Thursday)