Unfortunately, residents of Texas who don't have high school diplomas may have a difficult time finding employment compared to those with a diploma. Earning your GED can make quite a difference in your life. Read on to find out how to earn yours.
What Is the Format?
The GED is broken down into four separate sections: Reasoning through Language Arts; Social Studies; Science; and Mathematics. The test is taken on a computer at one of the 130 official testing sites in the state, and can be taken one individual subject at a time or altogether.
Questions vary between multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and extended response (essay) questions. The science test is comprised of a single section, but it's the only one of the subject areas that isn't divided up. The 3-part language arts section sandwiches an essay portion between two other parts. The 2-part social studies subject area test also calls for an essay. The 2-part Mathematics section of the GED consists of two parts, the first of which is 5 questions that must be completed without a calculator, followed by the second part of 41 test questions that do allow use of a calculator.
How Is the GED Scored and What Happens If I Don't Pass?
The score ranges from 100-200, with 150 or more counting as a passing score on each subject section. A total score of 600 is the minimum to pass, but a higher score in one subject won't compensate for scoring under 150 in any other. When a passing score is not achieved, retakes are possible in individual subjects at a discounted cost, and up through the first three tries there is no waiting period imposed, either. After three tries a 60-day wait to retake that test is required for the rest of the calendar year. A Texas resident who successfully completes all four tests earns a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.
Who is Eligible?
You must meet the following requirements in order to take the GED exam in Texas:
- Texas residents who are at least 18 years of age or older can take the exam with few requirements other than a government-issued photo identification.
- 17-year olds who have been given an exception from attending high school and want to take the GED are required to provide parent/guardian approval along with proof that they are not enrolled in a high school and have not previously earned a diploma.
- 16-year-olds can take the GED under certain circumstances, such as being a ward of the state or a participant of a training program.
- Individuals younger than 16 cannot take the GED.
How Do I Register for the GED and What Does it Cost?
Registration is done online and begins with setting up an account (www.GED.com). An online locator service on that same website will help aspiring test-takers find the best center for them. Cost is $33.75 per subject area (total of $135), with discounts available for retakes. Once registered, it is acceptable to schedule and pay for one subject area at a time.
How Do I Prepare?
Visit a library or bookstore or go online to check out the available GED practice materials, just be sure the source you choose reflects the restructured GED test that has been in use since 2014. You can also inquire at your local community college, high school or adult learning center for information about GED prep courses in your area. A practice test is also available through the GED website.