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Certificate of High School Equivalency

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Official certificates, transcripts and verification

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Colleges and employers must obtain certification and certification directly from Texas Certificate / Text Search Because TEA no longer sends testimonials or verifications by post, fax or email.

Official document letter (PDF)

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If you graduated from high school, contact the school district where you graduated.

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Current high school equivalency exams

Note: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has notified TEA and the State Board of Education that they will not administer the HiSET exam in Texas after 8/31/2021. The last day to take the HiSET test in Texas was 8/31/2021.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) currently contracts with the GED Testing Service to provide the GED test. Upon successful completion of the four GED exams, the test taker will receive a Texas State High School Equivalency Certificate.

The test taker can choose to test either in English, Spanish or both. Tests may only be taken by approved test centers.

For complete information, please visit Test Information – At a Glance and for more information: Frequently asked questions about high school equivalency.

Do you need help getting started? View the steps for obtaining a high school equivalency certificate.

NO exemption

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Council’s Division of College Readiness and Success has expanded exemptions used for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) to include college readiness standards on state-approved high school equivalency exams. Effective May 12, 2021, the following tests and criteria will qualify for an exemption:

grandfather: (Results are valid for up to 5 years)

  • Mathematics is exempted from obtaining a score of no less than 165 in the Mathematical Reasoning subject test
  • A score of at least 165 on the RLA for Reading English Language Arts (ELAR) is exempt.

HiSET: (Results are valid for up to 5 years, but must be dated before 9/1/2021)

  • Mathematics is exempted with a score of no less than 15 in the mathematics sub-test
  • A score of at least 15 on the Reading subtest and a score of at least 15 on the Writing subtest, including a minimum score of 4 in the essay, are exempt for English Language Arts Reading (ELAR)

Qualifying exams must be submitted in English.

To check degree eligibility, the Texas High School Equivalency Certificate (PDF) can be purchased from Texas Certificate / Text Search for $5.00. This is a downloadable PDF file and cannot be mailed, emailed or faxed to third parties by TEA.

Software license: Texas RULE Administrative Code §4.54 Exemptions, Exceptions, and Waivers

Eligibility for the test

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

  • be a resident of Texas,
  • You have a photo ID issued by a government agency, and
  • Be 18 years of age or older.

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

Result requirements

The minimum score requirements are determined by the test provider.

sCores are usually available the same day. Certifications are usually issued within three working days after the final exam. TEA will email the initial certificate in a PDF file to the email address used to register for the exams.

Individuals cannot combine scores from a previous test series or different test series. Incomplete scores from tests taken before January 1, 2014 are no longer valid.

For more information on current and past test scores, visit Test Score Requirements.

Preparation information

Study materials are available at most libraries and bookstores. Most preparation books contain practice tests that will help you determine when you are ready for the test. Useful information is available from the test provider’s website:


To find a preparatory program in your area, contact the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL) at 800-441-READ (7323) or search online at https://tcall.tamu.edu/search.aspx.

Software license:

Texas Education Law

High School Equivalency Exams Semester 7.111

Texas Administrative Law

Title 19 Education
Part 2 Texas Education Agency
Chapter 89 Adaptations of Special Peoples
Section C Texas High School Equivalency Certificate


§89.41 Policy
§89.42 Official Exam Centers
§89.43 Eligibility for a Texas High School Equivalency Certificate
§89.44 Definition
§89.45 Retesting
§89.46 Equipment
§89.47 Certificate Issuance

Related software license:

Texas Education Law

High school equivalency exam subsidy for some individuals, class 48.302

Content updated on 11/2/2021


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