Protect Yourself from GED Test Fraud

A true GED® credential is recognized by state and local jurisdiction authorities. If the state isn’t awarding you the GED® credential or you are taking the exam online or at home, you’re paying for something other than the GED® test. Don’t assume a website is stating the truth when it says “accredited.” They’ll say anything to take your money! To find out if a high school or online program is recognized or accredited by your state, please contact your state's Department of Education. For example, these organizations are not approved:

  • American Accreditation Council of Online Learning
  • National Association for Legal Support of Alternative Learning
  • American Association on Non-Traditional Private Postsecondary Education
  • Universal Accreditation Association for Online Distance Learning


How to spot a fake

The website might look professional. In fact, they may claim to be accredited and have names that sound like real educational institutions. However, you will waste money if you take their online tests or buy their diplomas. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true…it probably is. Below are commonly used phrases that sound appealing, but may indicate a fake diploma or credential:

  • “fully accredited online high school”
  • “take an online test and earn a professional degree with an embossed seal”
  • “earn a real high school diploma online”
  • “a high school diploma based on life experience”
  • “an online high school equivalency test”
  • “don’t waste time and money when you can earn your diploma instantly”

Have you spotted other sites you believe are fraudulent? Report fraud to GED Testing Service.