Can You Take the GED Test Online?

Updated June 9, 2020

We have launched an online proctored test option for students since some test centers remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

This pilot program is being rolled out in phases. During the first phase, students in the following categories will receive an email inviting them to sign up to test online:

  • In-person test appointments have been cancelled 
  • 3 of 4 test subjects have already been passed 
  • GED Ready “Green” score has been achieved within the past 60 days 
  • Essential cases per individual states

Students will be monitored by an online proctor, which is similar to what they would find at a physical test center. 

Prior to this online proctored pilot you could not earn your GED credential through any method other than in-person testing at an authorized center. Please be aware of fraudulent websites that advertise taking the GED test online or offer a diploma for a fee. The official online proctored GED test can only be taken through GED Testing Service at GED.com.

For more details, please see our blog about online testing here



If you’re getting ready to take the GED test, the internet has a wealth of resources to help you prepare. You may be wondering if you can also take the GED test online. 

In the past, the GED test was not available online and could only taken at a physical test center on a computer, where there is a proctor on site to monitor all test takers and ensure all protocol is followed. Since the coronavirus pandemic, you may qualify for online testing depending on the state you live in, if you scored green on GED Ready or whether testing centers are opened.

Fortunately, you can use the internet as a tool to help you prepare for the GED test. Keep reading for ideas on things you can do to study, prepare, and even schedule your test with the help of online tools.

1. Take Online Practice Tests

Online practices tests are an important way to identify your strengths and weaknesses. These online tests will help you know what to study and get you familiar with the GED testing process. 

  • Feel more confident on testing day if you’ve taken several practice tests 
  • Try taking more than one if you want to measure your progress 
  • As your practice score continues to improve, you’ll know your study habits are effective

2. Interactive Practice Questions On-the-go

GED Flash is a mobile-friendly practice tool that will help you master the exact concepts you’ll need to know to pass the GED test:

  • Thousands of interactive questions just like the ones on the real test
  • Instant step-by-step explanations to understand each answer
  • Study wherever and whenever you want with easy access from any device
  • Zero in on the exact skills you need to pass by practicing a few minutes at a time 

3. Enroll in an Online GED Preparation Course

Once you’ve taken some practice tests online and know what you need to study, an online GED preparation course can help you better understand the material. 

  • GED Live features top-rated Kaplan instructors who can guide you through each subject
  • Complete the courses at your own pace from the comfort of home
  • Recorded sessions are available on demand if you miss a live lesson 

4. Schedule Your GED Test Online

After careful study, it’s time to take the GED test. If your test center is open you can schedule your test online. We recommend scheduling your GED test when you feel confident about your abilities. If you’ve taken a practice test and earned a passing score, you should feel ready to take the next step and schedule your GED test. The online portal allows you to select a day and time at a test center nearby.

Start Preparing for the GED Today

If you’re ready to start preparing for the GED test, GED Testing Service can help. Our GED preparation courses allow you to choose the right learning environment to suit your needs, whether you prefer a traditional classroom or convenient online option. We have a variety of courses that will help you to better your future.

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  1. A student has been approved for testing accommodations. Will his GED practice test load the accommodations extra time as well?

    1. Hi Margie, thanks for reaching out! The only accommodation that students can get on the practice test is extra time and they must call in and speak to a GED scheduling agent to have it manually added to the order. Also, a student does not have to be approved for accommodations to ask for the extra time on the Ready exams. For further questions please email: accommodations@ged.com.

  2. i went to a local college and put in the hrs for a ged i studied all the subjects when i took the test i didn’t finish enough of the problems for /////english so i was to take it again i get upset when i am timed and we were timed when my husband picked me up at cpcc he cursed me out because i was to slow on finishing i never went back to retake english test i am now going to be 80 this year i want so much before i dito get my ged can u help me ?

  3. Hello my name is Antonio I am 39 I was diagnosed with M.S. “Multiple Sclerosis” and I am no longer able to sit at a desk is there any other options for me being able to do it at home would be best is there No option

    1. Hi Roger! Currently, we do offer testing online but please stay tuned for any new information regarding this.

  4. I take like to take this test if possible if you a test part do I just take that part over and pay the cost just for that part?

    1. Hi Irene! Yes, when you take the GED test you will pay for each subject test individually unless you decide to take them all at once. In that case you would pay for them all at once.

    1. Hi Jean! Currently, we do not offer the GED test online. However, we will update you if that changes so stay tuned! In the meantime we are offering free and discounted study tools. Please visit GED.com for more info on how to keep studying!

    1. Hi Manuel! You can get started by creating a free account at GED.com. Once you’ve done that you’ll find all of the information you’ll need to get started!

  5. How can I take test at home due to everything being shit down cause of cov 19 is there any way it’s possible to take the real test at home

    1. Hi Markita! Currently, we do not offer the GED test online. However, we will update you if that changes. In the meantime we are offering free and discounted study tools. Please visit GED.com for more info on how to keep studying!

  6. How can I take test at home due to everything being shut down cause of cov 19 is there any way it’s possible to take the real test at home

    1. Hi Nikole! Currently, we do not offer the GED test online. However, we will update you if that changes. In the meantime we are offering free and discounted study tools. Please visit GED.com for more info on how to keep studying!

  7. so since there is no open testing centers how will i be able to take my test and still make it to college for fall semester

    1. Hi Anna! Currently, we do not offer the GED test online. However, we will update you if that changes. In the meantime we are offering free and discounted study tools. Please visit GED.com for more info on how to keep studying! We will also contact you when test centers are open again.

  8. Hi, I am excited to say that I finally want to get my GED , due to the pandemic going on, how is it possible? Why can’t Pa take online GED test? Other states allow it, and I feel it’s unfair that we can’t when there are so many people doing online college and young kids doing online home school, just wondering why Pennsylvania won’t allow. It would be so convenient for a lot of people, considering a lot of factors. Having young kids and this virus. Please allow us to!!!
    If people can do online courses to become drs why can’t we do this GED
    Brandi
    Brandi

    1. Hi Brandi! We understand that not being able to test right now may be disappointing but we are working to find ways to offer the GED test that meet state guidelines and orders. We will keep you posted if/when information changes. Thank you!

  9. Hello
    With all the adult schools closed in my area and recently being laid off of work. I was hoping to utilize this time and apply for my GED. Please let me know how I can apply or move forward with this.

    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Fernando! You can get started by creating a free account at GED.com. From there you can get access to all of the study tools you’ll need. Please email help@ged.com if you have further questions!

  10. Are they going to make the GED available to take online Proxy since schools are closed for the remainder of the physical year, and libraries aren’t open as well?

    1. Hi Lincoln! We understand that not being able to test right now may be disappointing but we are working to find ways to offer the GED test that meet state guidelines and orders. We will keep you posted if/when information changes. Thank you!

  11. Hello, will we be able to take the Ged online in Alabama due to the coronavirus so that we can start school in the fall? It would be so convenient for the parents that have to stay home with there kids due to schools been close. Is it true that we may be able to test from home around the middle of May?

    1. Hi Natasha! We understand that not being able to test right now may be disappointing but we are working to find ways to offer the GED test that meet state guidelines and orders. We will keep you posted if/when information changes. Thank you!

  12. My daughter completed home school however the college she was accepted to is requiring her to take GED test despite us having the home school affidavit which is notarized. she needs to complete the GED before August 1st and all testing sites are closed, if the county schools and colleges can be online why is this not an option for the GED test? Many students are now being affected by this situation and their ability to start college in the fall is in danger. My daughter will lose her acceptance and all scholarships if this process is not completed.

  13. Feeling very discouraged. I have been studying very hard for my ged exam and there is no where I can take it ? Not even online? It feels unfair when my brother gets to take his online college test/exams and I am stuck here not being able to get any education. Please please figure something out for the exam to be taken. I would love to finally get it!!

  14. Inquiring about ability to take rest on line! Covid19. Has done enough! It has managed to take away, enough! We need control back… Please Please Please! Make it so we can take the test on line. Thank you, in advance
    Joann

  15. I’m wondering if Michigan is going to follow suit with the GED testing. Other states are providing home testing so people can receive their GED so they can register for online classes for college in the fall. If so where I can I sign up at. Thank you

  16. There should be a way we can take the GED test online during the Covid19 in Chicago. Is there some type a way it can be setup to take it at home during these times

  17. I am a testing center and I am open I’m Michigan. Is Michigan offering online testing from home? A student missed her test today and she is asking me to release her test so she can take her tests from home. I have not heard of this but what do I know I have only been doing this for 5 years..

  18. Can I take my GED online sense all offices are closed? I haven’t been able to locate where it is on the cite however I received an email saying I can take it online

  19. I would like to take the GED test, but because of the pandemic there’s only testing until September. I would like to take the test now so I can start my CNA classes.

    1. Hi Eriberto. You can check to see if the state you live in validates your Mexican high school diploma. If not, you should consider taking the GED so you have an accredited diploma!

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