GED Testing Information
Who can take the test?
A Texas resident 18 or older
A 17 year old with parental permission
A 16 year old with a court order from a state judge
- All must present valid and current Texas photo ID – a current driver's license or DPS-issued ID card and a social security card. 17-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must also present valid ID and sign a parental consent form. In the case of legal guardians, the court order showing the guardianship must also be presented. The reverse of the parental consent form must be completed by an official of the last public school attended and must be returned to the OC Testing Center before the 17-year-old may take the GED test. 16-year-olds must present a court order to test.
How to Register for GED Testing
Any individual who has not previously tested must attend a registration/orientation session any Tuesday at 1 pm sharp. They must present the identification described above. In the registration session, they will complete the application and the demographics form required for the GED, receive a schedule of upcoming tests and an invoice and pay the $90 fee at the OC Cashier's office before testing.
An individual who is re-testing must fill out a new GED application before testing. This may be done anytime the Testing Center is open and must be done before the day of the retest. The ID described above must be presented. Retesting fee is $18 per section. The GED cannot be taken more than three times in a calendar year.
The GED is given most Wednesdays. Testing is done on a first-come, first-served basis and examinees must sign in between 8 am & 8:30 am. The test begins at 8:30 am. Math and Writing are offered one week and Reading, Science and Social Studies are offered the alternate week. Check the schedule for duration and approximate start time for the tests.
How to Prepare
Preparation classes for the GED are offered at no charge through OC’s Adult Basic Education program. Please call 432-335-6380 for more info.
A minimum score of 410 on each section with an overall minimum average of 450 and a total minimum score of 2250 is required to pass the GED.
Scores from previous test administrations are no longer maintained by the Testing Center. Certificates are available for a $5 fee (payable by electronic check or credit card) at the website: http://www.texged.com. If the test was taken in Texas before 1994, please call the Testing Center at 335-6620 for assistance in obtaining a certificate. Certificates from the website satisfy OC admissions and financial aid requirements.
Note: Please be aware that the GED exam is not available as an online test. Visit www.gedtest.org for more info.
IMPORTANT CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR GED EXAM!! Beginning in January, 2014, a new version of the GED exam will be rolled out. If you have not yet completed all sections of the current GED exam (the 2002) series before December, 2013, you will need to start the test again as the 2002 series will be invalid.
Find more information at FinishtheGED.com