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Testing Tips - High School Students

Texas Education Agency - Information

Current High School Equivalency Exams

The State Board of Education (SBOE) voted January 29, 2016 to award contracts to three separate companies to provide high school equivalency assessments and there are now three testing options in Texas:  the GED test, the HiSET exam and the TASC test.  Upon the successful completion of a single provider's exams, the test taker will be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

The test taker chooses which test series to take, and the test language can be either English, Spanish, or a combination. Tests may only be administered by authorized testing centers. Following are the three assessments:

To view a side-by-side comparison, please visit Test Information - At a Glance and for more information:  High School Equivalency Frequently Asked Questions.

Test-Taker Eligibility

To take the high school equivalency exams in Texas, an individual must:

  • be a resident of Texas,

  • have a government-issued photo ID, and

  • be 18 years of age or older.

For more detailed information and exceptions, please visit our Eligibility Page.

PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT® or ACT®

Check to see if your college/university/trade school has a specific test they require or prefer, ACT® vs. SAT®.

 

If you are taking the SAT®, make sure you take all the sections that are required for the college/university/trade school that you are considering to attend.

 

You lose scholarship opportunities without a score. Take the exam again to raise your score, if necessary. The scholarship committee wants to see that you have taken the appropriate tests to further your post-secondary studies.

 

PSAT/NMSQT®

For sophomores and juniors - Given only twice a year in October. Contact your local high school counselor office to register, even if you are homeschooled. The test is only offered at local high schools. Begin asking about the test dates in August. 

 

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SAT®

For sophomores, juniors, and seniors - Given seven times a year, once in October, November, December, January, March, May, and June of each year. Register early!

 

Registration, Test Dates, and Fee Waivers

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register

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ACT®

For sophomores, juniors, and seniors - Given six times a year, once in September, October, December, February, April, and June of each year. Register early!

 

Registration, Test Dates, and Fee Waivers

http://www.actstudent.org/regist

 

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CLEP®

Tests that allow students to receive college credit for selected courses, usually in the general education core. These tests are taken with the intention of testing out of certain classes.

 

For high school seniors and college students registration

https://clep.collegeboard.org/search/test-centers

 

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Testing Tips for Graduate School
GRE®, MCAT®, LSAT®, GMAT®

For college juniors and seniors - You lose scholarship opportunities without a score. Take the exam again to raise your score, if necessary. The scholarship committee wants to see that you have taken the appropriate tests to further your post-secondary studies.

 

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