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GED® Testing

The 2014 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state but you’ll receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job.

The test is part of the 2014 GED® program, the only high school equivalency program built to help adults qualify for college, training, or a good job with good wages.

The GED® test has four content areas and takes a little over seven hours:

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)-155 minutes
  2. Mathematical Reasoning-120 minutes
  3. Science- 95 minutes
  4. Social Studies-95 minutes

The test is offered in English and Spanish.


Please go to this website to complete the registration: or Call 1-877-EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433).

In order to take the High School Equivalency tests, an applicant must:

  • Have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID;
  • Be 18 years of age;
  • Be a resident of the state; (For proof of residency, a Texas Drive License or a bill with a Texas address needs to be shown to your testing center)
  • Not be enrolled in an accredited high school; and
  • Not be a high school graduate from an accredited high school.

Required items for all examinees to bring to the test center:

Note: Identification must include date of birth, photograph, and signature.

Government Issued IDs (national or foreign) include:

  • State Driver License
  • Department of Public Safety Identification Card
  • Military ID
  • Passport  
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Matricula Consular

They do not include:

  • School IDs
  • Credit/Debit Cards

You can test at 17, if:

  • You have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID;
  • You are a resident of Texas (See above for Residency Requirements);
  • You are not enrolled in school (you are excepted if you are enrolled in an approved in-school GED preparation program);
  • You are not a high school graduate; and
  • You must have parental/guardian permission.

You can test at 16, if:

  • The applicant has a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID;
  • The applicant is a resident of the state (See above for Residency Requirements);
  • In the care of a state agency or under a court order or in a Job Corps training program; and
  • Is not a high school graduate.


Exam Days/Limits and location

Every Wednesday and Thursday (please review the calendar for closed days)

Day 1: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Day 2: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Test Time Limit
Mathematical Reasoning 120 Minutes     
Reasoning Through Language Arts      155 Minutes (with a 10 Minute break)       
Science 95 Minutes
Social Studies 95 Minutes


The testing center is located on the Palo Alto College Campus in the Brazos building Room 100. 

Testing Fees

The four content areas cost $33.75 each, for a total of $135. You may register for one content area or the full battery.  Payment is due upon registration.  If an exam is failed, the test-taker can retake the exam two times for $13.75 within twelve months of the original failed attempt.  After the first three attempts, the test-taker will have to wait an additional 60 days to retake the exam at the full price of $33.75.


Passing the GED Test

The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part. A total score of 600 is needed across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED test credential.

  • Below passing: 100-149
  • Passing Score: 150-169
    • Earn a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency
  • Honors Passing Score: 170-200
  • Represents performance consistent with college and career readiness


Contact Information

The GED® Assessment Office is located in the Palo Alto College Assessment office in the Brazos building, room 100. For information, please call 486-3400.

You can also visit the website below for additional information:

 Official TEA Website 

For a Practice Test, visit:

The GED Testing Service Website



Contact Information

Adult Learning Academy

Contact: Priscilla Almendarez, Senior Generalist