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Can You Take the GED Test Online?

August 27, 2019

Updated September 16, 2020

Check out our new Online Testing webpage to find out everything you need to know about the Online Proctored GED test and if you’re eligible.

In the past, the GED test was not available online and could only be taken on a computer at a physical test center with an on-site proctor that monitors all test takers. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we now have an online testing option for eligible students in participating states. You may qualify to test online based on several requirements including what state you live in, if you scored green on GED Ready or whether testing centers are opened.

We launched online testing in May 2020 as a pilot program, which was rolled out in phases. During the first phase, students in the following categories received an email inviting them to sign up to test online:

  • In-person test appointments have been canceled
  • 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

The pilot is still ongoing and some eligibility requirements have changed. More information about current requirements for testing can be found on our Online Testing webpage.

Students taking the GED tests online are 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

If you’re getting ready to take the GED test, the internet has a wealth of resources to help you prepare.

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 practice 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 a convenient online option. We have a variety of courses that will help you to better your future.


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Unlimited access to interactive tools, your own personal advisor, a test pass guarantee, and more!

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Learn at your pace with GED Live online classes

Live and recorded classes will take you through every topic on the GED test and experts are available to answer questions.

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