The General Education Development (GED) test is for people who have withdrawn from school without earning a high school diploma.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 English print version is available. Tests in different languages may not be mixed; for example, Spanish test scores may not be combined with English test scores to comprise a completed battery. Sul Ross Testing Center currently only offers the English version of the GED test.
Tests are offered the last Thursday and Friday of each month-with the exception of months where these days fall on a holiday (for example Thanksgiving), and in June. Tests are then given the Thursday and Friday before. There are no scheduled test dates in December. Call the Testing Office (837-8357) or stop by for exact test dates. Testing dates may also be viewed on the GED Test Schedule.
It is mandatory that examinees register at least one week in advance and should call the testing center for an appointment to complete the registration process. Please allow at least one hour registration. Examinees must produce positive, legal photo identification in order to test. Examinees must complete the following prior to testing: an application/registration to test, a score release form (if more than one score report is desired), a confidentiality statement and an online demographics registration form.
Payment for testing must be received in advance at the time of registration; the fee for the entire battery (which includes the fee for the certificate) is $90. Each retest is $18 per test. Fees are valid for the testing year in which they are paid. A $25 rescheduling fee will be charged for no-shows. Please submit the required fee payable to Sul Ross State University, in cash, check or money order.
All GED tests at Sul Ross State University will be administered in room 211-B of the University Center. Testing is provided in two-day sessions (Thursday-Friday) from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. Examinees are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled test start time.
Aids such as notebooks, dictionaries or calculators are not allowed. Testing procedures are read to examinees before testing begins. There are limited seats available, so preregistration is required. Testing schedule and additional information is available in UC Suite 211 on the GED Information table. For additional information about the GED Test, visit the GED website, or the Texas Education Association website.
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. Please contact Career Services and Testing at least a 60 days in advance to fill out appropriate request forms. 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
Multiple-choice answer documents and essays are sent to the University of Texas at Austin for scoring immediately after the testing cycle. 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
Passing Scores and Retests
Examinees must achieve a minimum passing standard set by the GED Testing Service which is a minimum of 410 on each test and an average of 450 overall (or 2250 total standard score points). If the examinee does not pass one or more tests (with the minimum score of 410), he or she may retake the test(s). Candidates are permitted to test up to three times during the year(January 1 to December 31). If the examinee passes, a GED certificate will be issued to them by the Texas Education Agency and a permanent record (transcript) will be kept at the GED office in Austin. Current GED certificate holders who acheived their GED in Texas and are in need of a copy of the certificate or transcript, or an employer needs verification of a GED, on-line verification and ordering can be accessed at www.texged.com
Changes to the GED Test
The current GED test battery will expire on December 31, 2013. If you have taken the GED test but have not passed an individual test or achieved a high enough average score to earn your certificate, you have the remainder of 2013 to complete testing and receive your diploma. Please call the SRSU Testing Center at 432-837-8357 or 432-837-8178 for more information or to register to re-take the test(s) in question.
Beginning in January, 2014 Texas will convert to an electronic, or computer-based format for administering the GED Test. The paper-based test will no longer be offered here. We are learning about the new test administration as information becomes available to us through the Texas Education Agency, and will gladly answer questions you might have. 432-837-8357/8178.