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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

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.

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About Sarah Bradstreet

Sarah is an educator and writer with a Master’s degree in education from Syracuse University who has helped students succeed on standardized tests since 2008. She loves reading, theater, and chasing around her two kids.

21 Responses to “Texas GED Test Requirements”

  1. Edith says:

    Can one start studying before the age requirement?
    My grand will be 17 in January can she start studying
    Now for the GED test?

  2. Brittney McIntosh says:

    Can we bring in notes when taking the test

  3. RM says:

    I have a lady who came from Illinois.
    She took all four tests and past them.
    In Illinois, it’s required to take ALSO
    the test on the Constitution of the State
    to get her certificate.
    She moved to Texas without that test.
    Question: Since this is not a requirement for Texas, Can she get her test recognized
    and, therefore, get her certificate?

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      What a good question, RM. The answer to that question is “probably.” The GED administered in Illinois is the same as the one given in Texas, so Texas will likely accept your student’s scores, as long as Texas is willing to accept them. Texas may have requirements that Illinois doesn’t have, or may not want to issue a GED if a student doesn’t currently reside in Texas. So you should probably double check all of Texas’s requirements. But the situation does sound hopeful.

  4. mary says:

    What is the length of the writing portion of the test (not time)?

  5. Salina says:

    Hi my son is 15 and he is homeschooled can he take the test when he is 16?

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      Hi Salina,

      It sounds like your son is very ambitious! He can take the test when he’s 16, but there are a few additional requirements for minors who take the GED. In most cases, they’ll need verification forms filled out by a teacher (that would likely be you in this case), permission to take the GED from the school district, and possible pre-testing with a different, more basic standardized test. You can see a list of typical state regulations in this Florida-based link. Contact your local school district or state Department of Education to see what your own local requirements are.

  6. Jessie Gregory says:

    Does both of my parents need to give permission for me to take the GED. I’m turning 17 very soon, and GED is my only option at this point. My mom understands it and will give full permission but my dad has a closed mind about it. Does he have to give permission in order for me to take the tests? He believes that putting me back into public school will solve everything but I cannot go back. I’ve even tried many online schooling options and nothing has worked. GED is my ONLY option.

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      That situation sounds stressful, Jessie! I’m sorry to hear you’re going through this. 🙁 From what I can tell from the Texas Education Agency Helpdesk website, it looks like you probably only need a signature from one parent. I also made a quick call to the TEA to see if they could confirm for me that you only need consent from one parent. When I spoke on the phone with TEA, they told me that any GED-related questions need to be submitted to the website through this question form: https://helpdesk.tea.texas.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=793647

      I would use that form to double-check the rules on parental consent for the GED in Texas. Best of luck, and I hope this helps a little.

  7. KURT BENNETT says:

    I see each subject has its own price/cost. Does this mean you can take one subject one day, two on another date and then finish up the fourth afterwards, or do they all have to be taken at the same time?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Kurt,

      Each state has it’s own policies, so I would recommend reaching out to a GED testing center to be sure about the requirements for Texas. However, on the FAQ page for Texas GED policy, it says: “Yes, in Texas you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.” This indicates to me that you can take them separately, and that many students do.

  8. Michelle says:

    We live in Texas.  My daughter has passed three parts of the GED.  She has the math portion to go.  If she doesn’t pass the math portion in three tries and has to wait a year to take the test again, will she have to retake the three parts she already passed?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Here’s the Texas policy for GED retakes:

      In Texas, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. After taking a test subject 3 times, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There’s no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

      She would not have to retake the other subjects if she already passed them.

  9. will hernandez says:

    can an illegal immigrant take the GED test even if they do not have a Texas issue ID?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Will, I don’t know the answer to this question, and I don’t want to steer you wrong. I recommend that you reach out to a local organization that advocates for undocumented immigrants to see if they have answers or resources to help you. Good luck!

  10. keesha says:

    im in school right now, but have attendance issues, can i start practicing for my GED at 15 and get it at 16 or would i have to wait til im 16 to start practicing for the test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Keesha, there’s no limit to when you can start studying for the exam! That should be fine.

  11. brendan vaughn says:

    I’m 18 I’m in texas do I need parents permission to drop out and take the ged

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