GED in Houston: Getting a GED in Houston, TX

The GED (General Educational Development) certificate is recognized by most employers and colleges. Keep reading to find out about eligibility requirements, testing centers and more on getting a GED in Houston, Texas.

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What Is the GED?

The GED exam assesses knowledge and skills acquired through a 4-year high school education. The test is divided into five sections including reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science. By passing the tests, you earn a GED certificate, which is considered equivalent to a regular high school diploma. Some Houston testing centers offer the exam in Spanish as well as English. Also, if you have a disability, you can request special accommodations to take the test.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?

Residents of Texas who are at least 18 years old can take the test provided they are not enrolled in an accredited school and have not graduated from high school. You can also take the test as young as 16 by meeting additional criteria. Contact the Texas Department of Education for more information. In addition, everyone who takes the test must show a government-issued photo ID, which may include:

  • Texas driver's license
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Foreign government-issued passport or ID

Where Can I Take the Test?

The GED exam must be taken at an official test center; it can't be taken online. You can find all test centers in Texas by using the directory on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. Information on schedules, fees and office hours is listed for each test center. Most locations have a variety of days and hours they offer the test. Some centers require advanced registration for the test, while others take walk-ins.

What If I Don't Pass?

The minimum passing score on the GED is 2,250, averaging to 450 per test. In addition, no single test score can be lower than 410. Any failed test can be retaken after a 6-month wait period. An exception is made to an examinee who submits a Retest Letter from a state-approved GED preparation instructor or tutor. Tests that have scores of 410 or higher can be retaken at any time.

How Can I Prepare for the GED?

The TEA website has links to resources for sample questions and practice tests in Spanish and Braille. Additionally, the website provides a directory of adult basic education providers where GED instruction and classes are offered.

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