Texas GED Test Requirements

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Are you taking the GED exam in Texas to earn your GED credential? Each state does things a little differently, so it’s important to read up on the details for where you plan to take your test. Read on for the GED Texas testing requirements.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Take the GED in Texas?

To take the GED in Texas, you must not have a high school diploma, and must not be currently enrolled in high school. You must also be at least 18 years old unless you meet the qualifications for exceptions below.

You can take the test at age 17 if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have permission from a parent or guardian
  • You have a government-issued ID

 
You can take the test at age 16 if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have a government-issued ID.
  • You are in the care of a state agency, under court order, or in a Jobs Corps training program

Do I Have to Live in Texas to Take the GED There?

Yes, you must be a Texas resident to take the GED in Texas. You will be asked to prove your residency at the testing center by showing a government-issued ID, or by otherwise proving residency, such as with a bill that has your name and a Texas address.

You can take the test out-of-state, if the state you want to test in does not have a residency requirement. You can check the policy of each state here. Note that your GED credential will be issued by the state where you take the test.

Find out how to locate your GED testing center.

How Much Does it Cost to Take the GED in Texas?

In Texas, the total cost of the GED is $145 ($36.25 for each of the four subject tests).
 

Reasoning Through Language Arts$36.25
Mathematical Reasoning$36.25
Social Studies $36.25
Science$36.25
TOTAL$145

You can retake any subject test up to two times at a reduced rate. You must retake within 12 months to be eligible for the discount. The reduced rate is $16.25 per subject test. After two retakes, the fee returns to $36.25 per subject test.

What Do I Have to Do to Prepare for the GED in Texas?

In Texas there are no legal requirements for GED preparation. You do not have to take any courses or practice tests.

It is, of course, a good idea to come to the test prepared. You can find lots of great ways to study online, including free practice tests.

You can also find a prep center near you to take a GED course in person.

For more information on testing in Texas, visit the Texas Education Agency’s Certificate of High School Equivalency page.