This test is administered by the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education (ACE) with the assistance of each jurisdiction or state where the tests are carried out. It is monitored and accredited by the American Council on Education. Contrary to widespread belief, the actual test cannot be taken online. There are more than 3000 official testing centers throughout the US and Canada and they are generally located in adult education centers, colleges or schools . Students who want to take the test can select a suitable testing center from various centers present in their state.
Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), as of fall 2003 (Texas Education Code §) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education. The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.