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Can I Get a GED Online?

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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
Test Offered
Online Test Availability
Age
Cost (per subject)
Testing Center Location

Alabama

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Alabama

Alaska

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Alaska

Alberta

GED

No

17+

$40

Alberta

American Samoa

GED & HiSET

Yes

18+

$15+

American Samoa

Arizona

GED

Yes

16+

$35+

Arizona

Arkansas

GED

Yes

16+

$4+

Arkansas

Bermuda

GED

No

18+

$81

Bermuda

California

GED & HiSET

Yes

18+

$41

California

Colorado

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$43.50

Colorado

Connecticut

GED

Yes

18+

$13

Connecticut

Delaware

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Delaware

District of Columbia

GED

Yes

18+

$3.75+

District of Columbia

Florida

GED

No

16+

$32+

Florida

Georgia

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$36.25+

Georgia

Guam

GED

Yes

16+

$37.25

Guam

Hawaii

GED & HiSET

No

18+

$20.75+

Hawaii

Idaho

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Idaho

Illinois

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$23+

Illinois

Indiana

GED & HiSET

No

16+

$30+

Indiana

Iowa

HiSET

Yes

16+

$10.75+

Iowa

Kansas

GED

Yes

16+

$39

Kansas

Kentucky

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Kentucky

Louisiana

GED & HiSET

Yes

18+

$31+

Louisiana

Maine

HiSET

Yes

16+

Free–$45

Maine

Manitoba

GED

No

17+

$75

Manitoba

Mariana Islands

GED & HiSET

Yes

19+

$17+

Mariana Islands

Marshall Islands

HiSET

Yes

18+

$17

Marshall Islands

Maryland

GED

Yes

17+

$11.25+

Maryland

Massachusetts

GED & HiSET

No

18+

Free-$36

Massachusetts

Michigan

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$43.50+

Michigan

Minnesota

GED & HiSET

Yes

17+

$23.75+

Minnesota

Mississippi

GED & HiSET

Yes

18+

$22+

Mississippi

Missouri

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$22+

Missouri

Montana

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$15+

Montana

Nebraska

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Nebraska

Nevada

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$20+

Nevada

New Brunswick

GED

No

19+

Free

New Brunswick

New Hampshire

GED & HiSET

Yes

18+

$25+

New Hampshire

New Jersey

GED

Yes

16+

$36

New Jersey

New Mexico

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$15+

New Mexico

New York

GED

No

16+

Free

New York

Newfoundland & Labrador

GED

No

19+

$6

Newfoundland & Labrador

North Carolina

GED & HiSET

Yes

18+

$15+

North Carolina

North Dakota

GED

Yes

16+

$36

North Dakota

Northwest Territories

GED

No

18+

$35

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

GED

No

18+

Free

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

GED

No

19+

$35

Nunavut

Ohio

GED & HiSET

Yes

16+

$23+

Ohio

Oklahoma

GED & HiSET

No

18+

$27.75+

Oklahoma

Ontario

GED

No

18+

$100

Ontario

Oregon

GED

Yes

16+

$44

Oregon

Palau

HiSET

Yes

18+

$25+

Palau

Pennsylvania

GED & HiSET

Yes

18+

$23+

Pennsylvania

Prince Edward Island

GED

No

18+

Free

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

GED

No

16+

$35

Quebec

Rhode Island

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Rhode Island

Saskatchewan

GED

No

18+

$7

Saskatchewan

South Carolina

GED

Yes* see below

16+

$37.50+

South Carolina

South Dakota

GED

Yes

16+

$50

South Dakota

Tennessee

GED & HiSET

Yes

17+

$36

Tennessee

Texas

GED

Yes

16+

$36.25+

Texas

Utah

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Utah

Vermont

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Vermont

Virgin Islands

GED

Yes

17+

$46

Virgin Islands

Virginia

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Virgina

Washington

GED

Yes

16+

$36

Washington

West Virginia

GED & HiSET

No

16+

$15+

West Virgina

Wisconsin

GED

Yes

17+

$39.75

Wisconsin

Wyoming

GED & HiSET

No

16+

$15+

Wyoming

 

How to Get a GED Online

1. Check eligibility requirements for online testing

Every state has different requirements for testing, like age 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 computer

  • A webcam

  • 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 or 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. 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 a 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 on our GED Costs blog 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. 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 prepare for the test quickly with flexible online learning available 24/7. You will learn everything you need to know, get extensive practice tests and questions, and 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. Make sure to view your state-specific information.