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Can I Get My GED® Online?

By Julia Soto, Educator

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 you can't take the GED test online. The question is, why?

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?

Can I Get My GED Online?

No, you cannot take your GED, HiSET, or TASC test online or at home. A lot of learners ask, why not? It's just a test, isn't it? But a high school equivalency test is not really just a test. Passing the test is a significant accomplishment that leads to an official certificate. More than 95% 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 at 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.

Can I Take Online GED Classes?

Yes! While you cannot get your GED online, you can take online GED classes to get prepared for the test. These classes will teach you the exact skills and topics you will need to be GED test ready through a personalized learning program that adapts to you. Why not take a free online practice test to see what topics and subjects you might need to brush up on before you take the actual GED test.

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Can I Get My GED® Online? by Julia Soto is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United Stated License, redistribution of this article is allowed under the following terms outlined here.

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