The General Education Development (GED) test is for people who have withdrawn from school without earning a high school diploma. People who plan to take the test must meet age and other requirements.
Must not have graduated from high school and not be currently enrolled in high school. Must be 18 years of age, or be 17 years old and produce parental or guardian permission to test. Sixteen-year-olds test only by order of the courts. Court order should be presented on court letterhead and include a case number.
The GED is now a computerized test and examinees can test in English or Spanish version in any subject; plus English and Spanish tests can be combined for a total score.
Tests are offered every Wednesday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The testing center may be closed due to holidays or staff availablity. Test scheduling can be done directly with the test center at 432/837-8178 or 432/837-8357.
Examinees set up an account at www.ged.com. Payments are made online for the exam. There are four subjects (Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math) to test on, which cost $33.75 each or a total of $135 for all four tests.
All GED tests at Sul Ross State University will be administered in room 211-B of the University Center. Examinees are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled test start time.
Aids such as notebooks, dictionaries or calculators are not allowed. Testing schedule and additional information is available in UC Suite 211. For additional information about the GED Test, visit the Texas Education Association website or contact Sul Ross Testing Center at 432/837-8178 or 432/837-8357.
Local programs are available to help examinees prepare for the GED test: Email: BigBendGED@yahoo.com for more information.
Helpful self prep websites:
Special accommodations are available for those who qualify. Forms and guides for accomodations can be found at the GED website. Some accommodations are available that do not require documentation. Check with the testing office regarding these aids prior to the test date. Click here to access a helpful pdf on GED Accommodations
Grading, Score Reports and Certificates
Examinees have access to their scores at their online account that is created for payment two to three days after testing. Examinees will receive the score letter and/or certificate (if they pass) from the Austin office approximately two weeks after the examination. To access your certificate or to order a replacement, go to: http://bass.tea.state.tx.us/Tea.GEDi.Web/Forms/CertificateSearch.aspx
Retake Policy – 3 attempts in succession, after third attempt, must wait 60 days (between 6 – 8 times per year is possible) example below:
Test 1: 2/1/14 $33.75
Test 2: 2/2/14 $13.75 (price reduction)
Test 3: 2/3/14 $13.75 (price reduction)
Test 4: 4/4/14 $33.75 (60 day wait)
Test 5: 6/3/14 $13.75 (60 day wait and price reduction)
Test 6: 8/2/14 $13.75 (60 day wait and price reduction)
Test 7: 10/1/14 $33.75 (60 day wait)
Test 8: 11/30/14 $13.75 (60 day wait and price reduction)