Can I Get a GED Online?

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 COVID19 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.


Beginning September 1st, 2021, there will be an Online Proctored (OP) GED Test option, which means that you will have the option to take your GED test remotely. *Unless you are located in Hawaii*, you can plan on having this option available to you after September 1st, 2021.

A few more facts regarding the Online Proctored GED test option:

  • The price of the OP GED test will increase by $6 per subject in most states.

  • Students who schedule a test before Sept. 1 will pay the current OP price, no matter when the test is delivered.

  • Vouchers you have already purchased will continue to be valid for use with OP tests through December 1st, 2021. The vouchers will cover 100% of the cost for OP or in-person testing if used before Dec. 1st.

For more information, please click here.


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 computer
  • A webcam
  • A microphone and speaker (Only required for HiSET)
  • A private workspace
  • Secure internet access and an approved web browser
  • A state-issued ID
  • A passing GED Ready score (Only required for GED)

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 here for state-specific information or check your testing service’s website.


Julia Soto, Educator


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