What's the GED® Program?
With the GED, you have more than just a test. You'll have access to MyGED™, your online portal to sign up, study, schedule, check scores, and learn about jobs and college.
What is MyGED™?
MyGED™ is your start-to-finish tool for the GED® program. Built with you in mind, MyGED™ helps you take control of your life and your future by providing the flexible and convenient support you need before and after the GED test. Get started now at www.GED.com.
What's the GED® test like?
The GED® test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you. The computerized test is available in English and Spanish.
The GED test includes four (4) parts:
- Science (90 minutes)
- Social Studies (70 minutes)
- Reasoning Through Language Arts (150 minutes including a 10-minute break)
- Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)
Where can I study?
WCJC Adult Education and Literacy offers GED instruction within a supportive classroom setting. The highly-qualified teaching staff prepares students to pass their GED test and provides encouragement and support for students who wish to continue their education. Career and financial counseling services are made available during class time.
Sign up for classes with with WCJC's AEL program, or sign up for MyGED™ at www.GED.com and click on "Study" to find tools, free practice test questions, and "GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test."
How do I register?
Registration is completed online. Simply sign up for MyGED™ at www.GED.com and you will get information about local policies, how to request modified testing conditions (accommodations), and you'll be able to schedule right then. Instructions on registering are available here.
When can I schedule?
Scheduling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with MyGED™ at www.GED.com. Log in and click on "Schedule Test" on the top. Once you complete the scheduling questions you'll be directed to choose your language, subject, and the day and time that works best for you to test. You can also schedule one test at a time to make sure you feel prepared every time.
At a WCJC Testing Center, testers can schedule a maximum of two GED subject area tests in the morning (between 8:30 and 1:15), and a maximum of one GED subject test after lunch (2:15-5:00). Saturday tests are scheduled in Sugar Land only, from 8:30-4:00.If you are having trouble scheduling through ged.com, try scheduling one or two tests at a time; all four tests cannot be scheduled on one day.
View the Testing Centers' schedules here.
How much does it cost?
The cost is $145 for the entire battery of four test, OR you have the option to take
individually for a price of $36.25.
What do I bring with me on my test day?
Bring a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID, such as one of the following:
- state driver's license
- Department of Public Safety identification card
- military ID
- U.S. passport card
- matrícula consular
Texas doesn't allow non-Texas residents to GED test at Texas Testing Centers. You must provide proof of residency in Texas, which could be a Texas driver's license, utility bill showing your name and a Texas address, or bank statement showing your name and a Texas address.
Personal items cannot be taken into the testing room. Please leave personal items at home or locked securely in your vehicle. Prohibited items include (but are not limited to): jewelry, watches, wallets, keys, cell phones, food, drinks, gum, tobacco products, hats, outdoor/heavy coats, purses, bags, etc. If these items are brought to the Testing Center, they will be placed in locked storage and will be inaccessible for the duration of your test. The Testing Center is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
There is a calculator built into the test for your use during the Mathematics portion; testers may also choose to bring a TI-30xs multiview scientific calculator for use on the Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies tests. The Testing Center will not supply this calculator for you.
Testers can wear prescription or reading glasses during testing, but they will be asked to remove glasses for the required pre-test photo.
Please be aware that, in accordance with Testing Center policy, proctors will digitally capture your signature and photo before you test. You will also be asked to roll up long sleeves and turn out your pockets before you test. During your test session, you will be monitored through surveillance cameras.
The WCJC Richmond Campus is undergoing construction through the summer, and the sound may carry into the testing room. Please request ear plugs from your proctor if you need them.
What is the passing score?
You need to earn at least 145 points on each subject to pass, with a total score of 580. To find out if you're likely to pass, take GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test. Sign into MyGED™ at www.GED.com to get ready with GED Ready™.
How do I get my scores?
Within a few hours after testing, you can log back into your account at http://www.ged.com to retrieve your scores.
It usually takes 2-3 days after passing the last test for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to receive your results and issue a certificate via email.
If you have completed and passed the GED® and need an official transcript, you may go to https://tea4avtuna.tea.state.tx.us/Tea.TxChse.Web/Forms/CertificateSearch.aspx and purchase an official GED® transcript for $5; verification of a certificate can also be obtained from the official website free of charge. Instructions for retrieving test scores are available here.