What GED Programs and Courses Are Available in Texas?
The GED is an exam that tests the basic skills that students gain in secondary school. It's available for adults who, for one reason or another, never earned traditional high school diplomas. Although students who take the GED aren't awarded a diploma, they receive a certificate that is accepted as an equivalency credential by employers and postsecondary institutions around the country.
The exam consists of four sections:
- Language arts
- Mathematical reasoning
- Social studies
As of 2011, the GED cannot be taken online. The American Council of Education (ACE) only certifies GED exams that are taken by paper and pencil at an official testing center. The GED Unit at the Texas Education Agency oversees all official test preparation and administration centers in the state.
Adult Basic Education
The state of Texas provides funding for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) centers across the state, many of which offer GED test preparation. These centers can typically be found at public 2-year institutions like Austin Community College in the Austin region or Tarrant County College in the Fort Worth area. Students who are looking for a local test preparation center should consult the website of the Texas Education Agency (www.tea.state.tx.us).
Some institutions offer GED preparation in a traditional classroom format. Others make test preparation materials available with limited guidance for self-learners in informal tutoring centers. Basic topics covered by GED preparation programs typically include math, science, writing, social studies, and reading/language arts. These core skills match the subject areas covered by the four tests that make up the GED exam.
GED Test Eligibility Requirements
GED applicants should be Texas residents, at least 18 years old, and neither in high school presently nor in possession of a high school diploma. Applicants will also need a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport in order to register for the test.
Some exceptions can be granted to the age requirement. Students who are 17 and meet all the other eligibility requirements can take the GED with parent permission. Students who are 16 and meet all the other eligibility requirements can take the GED if they're in the care of a state agency, enrolled in a Job Corps training program, or under a court order to take the exam.
Students in Texas who want to take the GED must do so in person at a testing center. They can prepare for the test through programs at two-year universities or through informal tutoring programs.