How to Find Adult Education and Earn Your GED in Texas

Texas Offers Many Adult Learning Options

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The Texas Education Agency, known as TEA, is responsible for adult education and high school equivalency testing in the state of Texas. According to the website:

The high school equivalency assessment serves as the basis for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to issue the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE). TEA is the only agency in Texas authorized to issue the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.  Tests may only be administered by authorized testing centers.

Four Testing Options

The state allows adult learners to take the High School Equivalency exam, the GED exam or, alternatively, to take the HiSET or TASC exam. Each exam is a little different, so it's worth your while to take a look at all three. You may find that one or the other is a better match for your skills and knowledge. It's important to know that:

  • All three tests may be taken in English, Spanish, or a combination 
  • All three tests use a computer for at least part of the exam
  • All three tests include sections on language arts, math, science, and social studies; the HiSET and TASC have additional sections as well
  • There is a fee for taking the tests; the GED costs $145 while the other two cost about $125. You may be able to get help funding the cost of the test
  • If you have any type of documented disability that could make it difficult to take the test, you can ask for and receive accommodations

Texas Virtual School Network

TEA manages a virtual school network that provides Texas students with access to online courses. You can take these courses to prepare for high school equivalency tests, or take a test prep course. Test prep is offered free through online programs and through the Adult Education and Literacy Teachers program.

Job Corps

Also under Related Content on the Certificate of High School Equivalency Information page is a link to Job Corps. The link takes you to a map of Texas with job corps centers identified. Click on the homepage for information about how to take advantage of this opportunity. There is an eligibility quiz on the landing page, and the links on the top navigation bar are also helpful. Under FAQs, you'll learn that Job Corps is a nationwide program that offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including:

  • Automotive and machine repair
  • Construction
  • Finance and business services
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable resources

You can also earn your GED through Job Corps and participate in college level courses. ESL courses are also available through Job Corps.

Texas Workforce Commission

Adult education and literacy help in Texas is also available from the Texas Workforce Commission. TWC provides help with learning the English language, math, reading, and writing with the goal of helping students acquire the skills they need to find a better job or enter college.

Good luck!

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