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Can I Get a GED Online?
By: Dannielle Doyle, President Student Division on January 3, 2023 at 3:23 AM
Today, almost everything is available online: banking, shopping, school. So, can you get a GED online? Before the summer of 2020, the answer was no, but the GED testing service developed an online test as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and testing became available online. Now, you can do everything online: learn from online classes, practice using online quizzes, and take the official test online.
Online testing requirements and availability are different depending on where you live aside from the age requirements. All online test takers must be 18 year old. Younger students may be eligible to test in person.
Online Testing Requirements Comparison
State, Provinces, & Territories
Online Test Availability
Testing Center Locations
|American Samoa||GED HISET||YES||18+||$53.75–$120||American Samoa|
|District of Columbia||GED||YES||18+||$15**||District of Columbia|
|Mariana Islands||GED||YES||18+||$85–$120||Mariana Islands|
|Marshall Islands||HISET||YES||17+||$85||Marshall Islands|
|New Brunswick||GED||NO||19+||Free||New Brunswick|
|New Hampshire||HiSET||YES||18+||$125||New Hampshire|
|New Jersey||GED HISET||YES||16+||$103.75–$125||New Jersey|
|New Mexico||GED HISET||YES||16+||$53.75–$80||New Mexico|
|New York||GED||NO||16+||Free||New York|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||GED||NO||19+||$30||Newfoundland & Labrador|
|North Carolina||GED HISET||YES||18+||$53.75–$80||North Carolina|
|North Dakota||GED||YES||16+||$120**||North Dakota|
|Northwest Territories||GED||NO||18+||Free||Northwest Territories|
|Nova Scotia||GED||NO||18+||Free||Nova Scotia|
|Prince Edward Island||GED||NO||18+||Free||Prince Edward Island|
|Rhode Island||GED||YES||16+||$120||Rhode Island|
|South Carolina||GED||YES* (see below)||16+||$150||South Carolina|
|South Dakota||GED||YES||16+||$150||South Dakota|
|Virgin Islands||GED||YES||17+||$120||Virgin Islands|
|West Virginia||HiSET||NO||16+||Free||West Virginia|
|* Free online testing may be available.|
|** Discounted online testing may be available.|
How to Get a GED Online
1. Check eligibility requirements for online testing
Every state has different requirements for testing, like age requirements or residency requirements. The online test has some additional requirements as well. No matter what state you live in, you have to be at least eighteen years old to take the online test. You also need to make sure your computer meets the software requirements for the online test. Check these requirements for GED or HiSET, depending on your state’s test offering.
2. Pass the official practice test
To qualify for online GED testing, you will need to take and pass the GED Ready test. You are not required to pass a practice test for online HiSET testing.
Before you test, check your skills! Try a free GED practice test to see how close you are to being ready to test and get a free study guide to help you prepare.
3. Schedule your test
To schedule your online GED test, register with the GED Testing Service. To register for HiSET, sign up with the HiSET Testing Service. There may be a waitlist, so sign up sooner rather than later. Registration is easy! Just go to the website for your state’s testing service to get started.
To schedule the test, you’ll need:
A microphone and speaker**
A private workspace
Secure internet access and approved web browser
A state-issued ID
A passing GED Ready score*
*Only required for GED
**Only required for HiSET
4. Take the test
The GED test includes four subtests: math, science, social studies, and reasoning through language arts. The HiSET includes five subtests: math, science, social studies, reading, and writing. You can opt to take these tests individually or all together, pending online schedule availability. Learn more about what to expect on each subject and get test-taking tips before testing.
Online testing has specific rules:
Cheating will not be tolerated
You must test in a private room with no one else present
You must remain in view of your webcam
No food and drink allowed while testing
You must test seated at a desk
Desk and surrounding area must be clear
You must dress appropriately
Scratch paper and handheld calculators will not be permitted
Personal items must be out of reach
Headphones and earbuds will not be permitted
Available testing tools:
Digital on-screen calculator--You may use this to execute calculations for math and select science and social studies questions. Be sure to learn all about the calculator provided on the test and practice before testing.
On-screen scratchpad/whiteboard--Using the digital scratchpad and whiteboard, you can take notes or organize your thoughts just like you would regular scratch paper.
Technical assistance from a proctor--Should you encounter any technical difficulties or problems with the online test, the proctor can assist. The proctor cannot help you answer the test questions.
Can I Prepare for the GED Online?
Online test prep is the easiest and fastest way to study for your test. With online options, you can prepare from home or on-the-go, whenever you want. Set your own schedule and pace, and never worry about deadlines. Personalized online learning will make your GED prep simple and convenient.
GED Academy makes online learning a breeze. With a personalized learning plan that adjusts to your progress, it’s almost like having a personal tutor guide you through the material. Online video lessons will teach you everything you need to know for the test. Plus, the GED Academy is certified GED Content Aligned by the GED Testing Service, and HiSET Academy is approved by the HiSET Testing Service.
Enroll today to get your personalized learning plan and take the next step on your path to the GED.
Commonly Asked Questions
How long does it take to get GED online?
The online GED exam is about 8 hours long. Once you complete your exam, you will receive your scores immediately. An official certificate will be mailed to you and can take up to three weeks to arrive.
Is an online GED diploma accredited?
If you take the official GED exam online, you will receive an official, accredited GED high school equivalency credential. You must test through the official testing service for your state. Be careful--third party testing and online high school diplomas are usually scams and are not accredited.
Can I get it online at home?
Yes! You can prepare for the test, practice, and take the test online from home.
How much does it cost to get a GED online?
The GED test has a different cost depending on your state. For each state’s pricing, check the chart above or the testing service’s website.
Is there a way to get a GED online for free?
Free high school equivalency testing is available in some states like New York and Connecticut. Free testing is only available for legal residents of those states, however.
What is the best way to get a GED online?
The fastest and easiest way to get your GED is to take online GED classes like Essential Education’s online GED Academy. You can get prepared for the test as quickly as you need to with flexible online learning available 24/7. You will learn everything you need to know, get extensive practice tests and questions, and live coaching to help you achieve your goals.
Can I get a GED online in Florida?
Yes! Florida allows online GED testing. Not all states do, however. Check the table at the beginning of this article for state-specific information or check your testing service’s website.