How to Know if You Have a Valid GED

The GED test is a second chance for people who didn’t receive a formal high school degree to earn their high school credentials. Having a valid GED provides an opportunity to move forward in life like going to college or opening the door to a wider variety of careers.

Do Fake GED Certificates Work?

Unfortunately, there are diploma mills out there that try to take advantage of those who want their GED certificate and only provide fake tests and certificates. Fake certificates hold no value. Therefore, if students use a fake GED credential or high school diploma, they can get kicked out of school or lose their job. It is definitely not worth the risk. A real GED is worth it.

Additionally, sometimes these certificates are purchased intentionally, while other times people purchase them as victims of a scam. That’s why it’s important to know ahead of time how to prevent purchasing a fake GED certificate. Here are five tips to help avoid getting fooled by a faulty GED website. 

1. Online GED Tests Are Not Real

Legitimate GED certificates are never awarded for an online test from your home computer. There are in-person and online classes that help you prepare for the test. Those preparatory classes are not the same as taking the actual GED test. You will always take the test in person in a controlled testing center with a proctor.

Once at the testing location, you will need to complete the test at a computer. This will be on a supervised computer in a controlled environment, not at your home in your pajamas.

2. They’re Attached to Non-Accredited Online High Schools

While some school districts are moving toward online schools, there is a difference between an accredited program from a school district that is working with high school age students, and an online high school that is promising it can give you a GED diploma when you complete. Be careful when dealing with online schools and fake programs.

If you want to know if the program you’re looking to join is accredited and can provide you with a GED certificate, a simple search online may provide you with the answer and provide you with reviews. If that doesn’t work, consider getting in touch with a local college or community college. You don’t have a real GED certificate if they don’t accept the certification. 

3. They Offer a Test “Based On” the GED Test

A legitimate GED test is never going to be “based on” the GED test. It is not the real deal if there is any wording in the test that distances it from the official GED test.

4. They Try to Sell You Your GED Diploma

You should never be able to buy a GED certificate without taking the test. If you pay to skip the test, then you do not have a legitimate certificate. 

Do not be confused by having to pay to take the test. With the exception of some states like Minnesota or Kentucky, the GED test isn’t free to take. If you didn’t have to go to a testing center and take the test, then it’s not official. 

Earning a Valid GED Certificate

If you’ve discovered your certificate is a fake, then you should get a real GED credential. For example, it’s a lot like having a fake driver’s license. It isn’t the same as having a real one and you can run into trouble for being in possession of it. 

Fortunately, it is possible, and worth your while, to earn your GED certificate the right way. Therefore, by taking the time to prepare for the test, you can pass and receive a valid certificate. Once you earn your GED certificate the right way, you will be on your way to a better future without having to look over your shoulder. 


  1. I took my GED test and passed 2 and havent done the other 2. I wanted to know if i can still take my tests. It has been over a year and some change since i’ve taken my test. I wanted to know if their still active. Thank you.!!

    1. Hi Kenrry! Your tests should still be valid. We encourage you to take the last 2 and become a GED graduate!

    1. Hi Matt! Currently we do not offer online testing. There are plenty of study materials you can utilize until test centers open up, however keep following us for any updates!

  2. I’ve passed three of the four tests but due to personal problems I haven’t taken the last one I tried to sign into my account with it telling me my username doesn’t exist does this mean I have to retake all of them? Last one was taken in 2019 or 2018

    1. Hi Sarah! Unless you’re testing in the state of New Mexico you definitely should not have to retake them! If you’re struggling to log in to your account please email and they should get you logged back in shortly. Thank you!

  3. Hi- I’m 32 yo.. wishing to have a hs diploma but my problem is my transcripts records is I need to get international- Philippines.. is there any way that I can still take the online classes= and get a hs diploma? Since I was a kid. When I grow up I wanna be a soldier. It’s never too late right,,

  4. I went to adult classes in tennessee and went to Maryland to take my Ged
    So where originally my Ged is from??my adult class or the maryland college where i took my exam??is there a website where i csn find that info?

  5. Hi. I haven’t done my Ged for 1 or 2 months and it seemed to logged me out. Is there any chance you can log me back on?

    1. how did you receive your GED by mail or did you have to pay $15 to get it.
      does it look legit? did you do the online testing for all four subjects?

      I want to be proud of myself too and not get played for my money!!

      btw good job Frieda, you’ve open many more doors to your future cant wait to get there.

  6. So on your site right now it states that because of Covid-19 you can take the GED test online. All 4 subjects. Is this true or not? Even your own site says not to trust “fake GED sites”. I’m just curious.

  7. I tested green on all my practice test, I qualified for the official online testing. I took the language arts test today got my result within 10 minute and passed it, but as I see from the top student he was just informed that there are no online testing available. Is this a fraud getting played for my money or am I going to received my legit GED at the end of all my online testing… theres no where on this website that tells us how we will receive our GED once we have completed all subjects.

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