General Requirements to take GED Test: (Paper & Pencil and/or On-Line):
- Have a government issued photo ID
- Be 18 years of age
- You are a resident of Texas
- Not be enrolled in school
- Not be a high school graduate
Not 18? You can test at 17 if:
- You are a resident of Texas (refer to general requirements)
- You are not enrolled in school (you are accepted if you are enrolled in an approved in-school GED Preparation program)
- You are not a high school graduate
- You must have parental/guardian permission
You can test at 16 if:
- You are a resident of Texas (refer to general requirements)
- In the care of a state agency, under a court order* or in a job corps training program
- Is not enrolled in high school
- Is not a high school graduate
Required Documents to Register
Registrants must present the following at time of registration for paper and pencil exam:
Paper and Pencil Testing available only through August, 2013. After this date (starting September,2013, all registration will be on-line from September, 2013 onward!!!
To be paid at Cashiers
In Student Services
2603 Pecan Plaza
COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE A REGISTRATION SESSION: for Paper and Pencil Exam
GED Testers: Get a head start by creating your own record online. GED testers enter their own personal information before testing on any computer with internet access, whether it is from home, at the library or at a school facility. The Online Demographic Form allows you to create a GED UTID in the University of Texas (UT) GED database. The UT Scoring Center processes all GED tests for Texas and sends the results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). TEA issues your GED score transcripts and certificates.
Visit https://utdirect.utexas.edu/ecweb/DEMO_2.0 to learn how to access the University of Texas system and start your own GED record. Click on the red link for GED testers and follow the instructions. Once you save your record information and choose a GED testing center, call the center to register and take your first GED test. If you do not meet this timeline, your demographic form will be deleted. STC Testing Center number: 1312
Registration for the paper and pencil GED is offered daily (Monday-Thursday from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.). You will need to allow approximately an hour to complete the registration.
MUST PRESENT VALID TEXAS ID UPON ENTERING TO REGISTER.
The General Education Development (GED) test battery gives you the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma, a credential recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, and further education. The GED tests are offered in English to Texas residents, aged 18 or older. As an alternative to a high school diploma, sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds may be permitted to take the GED if certain requirements are met.
The GED includes tests in five areas: Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. There is a GED registration fee that covers testing, the score report, and, if applicable, a state certificate of completion. To pass the GED tests, a test-taker must earn a minimum total standard score of 2250 combined on all five tests and a minimum standard score of 410 on each content area test.
Test Descriptions and Materials for paper and pencil exams
|Subject Area||Questions||Time Allowed||Study Tips|
Two parts to be taken in one sitting
|50 multiple-choice questions||90 minutes (45 minutes with calculator; 45 minutes without calculator)||Algebra, geometry, number relations. data analysis and statistics, pie charts, bar graphs, and tables|
|Reading||40 multiple-choice questions||65 minutes||Literary and nonfiction, compare and contrast|
|Science||50 multiple-choice questions||80 minutes||Earth science (incl. space), physical science (inc. physics and chemistry), environmental and health topics, relevance to everyday life, diverse roles of individual|
|Social Studies||50 multiple-choice questions||70 minutes||History, civics, geography, government, economics|
Two parts – to be taken in one sitting
|50 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay||2 hours (75 minutes for multiple-choice questions; 45 minutes for essay)||Sentence structure, usage and mechanics, informational documents, business communication, “how-to” texts|
***New forms of the GED tests are expected January 1, 2014. The scores on your test report cannot be combined with the 2012 series of the GED tests. By December 21, 2013, you must have earned a total passing score of at least 2250 (450 average) with no score less than 410 or you will need to take the entire 2012 series.
Retesting for paper and pencil exams
Retesting fees for previous South Texas College GED Testing Center examinees are $13 for the Writing Section and $12 for all other sections; retesting fees for individuals who have tested elsewhere are the same, with an additional $15 registration fee.
Accommodations are available for those with a documented disability. Please contact the South Texas College Assessment Center/GED Testing Center at 956.872.3842 regarding these aids one month prior to the test date.
Score Reports and Certificates
Each time you test, your score will be sent to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and to your mailing address. Once you have passed the GED, the TEA will issue to you a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.
For verification of your GED Certificate, visit http://www.texged.com and select “Texas GED Certificate Search”.
Please be informed:
The use of dictionaries, books, table charts, calculators (other than the one supplied by GED Testing Center) or any other aid is not allowed.
No cell phones or any electronic devices are allowed in the GED Testing Room. Anybody who does not comply with the policy will be dismissed from the testing room and will have to wait six (6) months in order to retest in our facility.
ITEM(S) WILL BE CONFISCATED AND WILL BE RETAINED UNTIL IT CAN BE DETERMINED IF THE ITEM(S) CONTRIBUTED TO A TEST COMPROMISE.
General Education Development Testing Service may also pursue other remedies for violation of this policy, including canceling test scores and prohibiting individuals from taking the GED test in the future.
Beginning January 2014 all GED Exams will be On-Line Testing via the Pearson VUE Portal:
2014 GED Test Series
To be paid on-line:
• $33.75 per test – paid upon registration for each of the 4 tests
• $135 total
Test Descriptions and Materials
|Subject Area||Time Allowed|
|Reasoning Through Language Arts||150 minutes|
|Mathematical Reasoning||90 minutes|
|Social Studies||90 minutes|