Can I Get a GED® Online?

In our modern society, we expect convenience and immediacy. Technology has made online banking, online classes, and online living a part of daily life. But can you take the GED test online?

Since 1942, more than 12 million adults have earned high school equivalency (HSE) diplomas through the GED test, HiSET exam, or TASC test. Today more than 39 million adults still need a high school diploma, and the demand for a high school education is higher than ever. Because of this, more and more people want to get an HSE certificate. And most people are looking for a fast, easy way.

Meanwhile, the Internet has given us many new options…online shopping, online gaming, and online classes. What about the GED test?

Online testing may be available through the GED testing service directly. Check with your state's testing service to find out more. Be careful of third party testing sites offering you online testing. Remember that third party testing is not valid and is illegal in most states. Make sure you are registering directly through your state's testing service to ensure your test scores are valid and accredited. 

Passing the test is a significant accomplishment that leads to an official certificate. More than 95 percent of colleges and employers accept and value an HSE certificate. They need to know that it is a substantial, meaningful achievement.

An HSE test is designed to be a valuable measure of basic skills in language arts, social studies, science, and math, as well as important skills in critical thinking, evaluation, and problem-solving. To ensure the validity of these measurements, the test is administered in a controlled environment through a test center, where the identity of all test-takers can be checked. The careful design and administration gives the test value to employers, colleges, and ultimately test-takers.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous businesses are always ready to take advantage of people who are looking for an easy way to make up for not graduating high school. Websites may offer an "online GED," supposed online GED tests, an online "high school" test, or a "life experience" test. Despite claiming to be accredited, these websites are fake schools that provide worthless diplomas, ones that won't be accepted by colleges or employers.

If you're not sure, check with colleges to see if the diploma is worthless or worthwhile. Fake online GED websites cheat customers out of $200 to $1,000 for a "diploma" that will be rejected by savvy employers and colleges.

A real HSE certificate can increase adults' overall income by $350,000 over the course of their lifetimes, and if the graduate goes on to trade school, community college, or a university, their total lifetime income could be almost a million dollars higher. The value of the diploma comes not just from a piece of paper but from having the measurable skills that are essential in today's job market.


Julia Soto, Educator


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