GED Testing Service has introduced a new exciting possibility: taking the GED® test online at home.
Thanks to online proctoring, students will be able to take the GED test in the privacy of their homes. There will be no need to go to an authorized GED testing center for qualifying students.
In the spirit of #RebuildingAmerica, GED Testing Service began to allow students to pass the GED test remotely.
Online Proctored GED testing is now possible after a successful pilot that took place from the end of May till the end of August.
The online proctoring (O.P.) testing method is now standard and an alternative to testing in-person at a physical test center.
Keep reading to get all details of this excellent news.
Why GED testing through online proctoring?
Over the past months, GED testing has not been possible at most testing sites in the U.S. Until recently, taking the GED test was only possible at official state-designated testing centers.
Taking the GED test over the internet was not an option, but that has changed, fortunately, as the online proctored GED testing pilot program by GED Testing Service was successful.
Several GED test centers, under supervision of GED Administrators in the GED Manager Program, are currently transitioning from on-site testing to in-person proctored testing as part of a great new program developed by Pearson VUE, the publisher of the GED exam in cooperation with the American Council on Education (ACE).
Who can take the GED test online?
Students with already scheduled tests can change from in-person, on-site testing to remotely proctored testing from any place with a strong internet connection.
Eligible students (those who scored in the ‘green zone’ on the GED Ready® Practice Test) need to have a computer (desktop or a laptop) with a microphone, a camera, a stable internet connection, and a quiet, private room. This way, they can become proud new GED grads online! Isn’t that great?!
For students, to qualify for online GED testing, they are required to have attained a “Likely to Pass” or “Green” score on the GED Ready practice test. This official GED practice test indicates if a student is likely to pass the GED test or that they need more preparational coursework.
This requirement is new. Students taking the GED test in the physical locations are usually not obliged to have a ‘Green’ GED Ready score. What’s also new is that there is now an online whiteboard as well besides a scratchpad tool.
The GED Ready test can be taken online, and qualifying applicants must have attained the minimally required score within the past 60 days.
Individual states will decide about if and which students can take part in online GED testing. This option is only available to students at least 18 years of age.
There are four categories of students that may qualify for online testing:
1. Students who had canceled testing appointments
2. Students that passed already two or three of the four GED subtests
3. Students who scored in the “Green” section on the GED Ready test in the past two months
4. Students who are labeled “essential” by their states.
There are states that use specific approval processes such as Connecticut, South Carolina, and Washington DC. Students in Pennsylvania must additionally provide proof of state residency.
Students that have attained scores in the “Green Zone” on the GED Ready test will see Online Proctored (O.P.) registration information when they login to their accounts and in Texas, students will see this information already prior to achieving “Green” status.
From now on, all students in auto-eligible states will receive information about Online Proctored GED testing when they login to their GED.com accounts.
How the GED online proctored test works
At the proctored GED exam, trained proctors supervise the exam while using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to protect the integrity of the GED test and enhance the test-takers’ experience.
Only the on-screen calculator may be used with Online Proctored tests. A handheld calculator is not allowed. Read also our article about what is on the GED test.
Students may not take unscheduled breaks during the exam. If they do, the exam results will be invalid. Scheduled breaks (the same as during exams in the testing centers) are allowed.
Students, when checking in, will take a picture of themselves, a picture of their photo ID (government-issued), and pictures of their room and desk.
If everything is approved, test-takers will be able to take a GED subtest under the supervision of a certified proctor via webcam to ensure the security and integrity of the test and the online GED test is just as long as the regular test.
Online proctoring technology is provided by Pearson Vue. It includes plenty of anti-cheating security features such as face-recognition technology and browser lockdown. The testing sessions will be monitored by official third-party proctors.
When candidates have successfully checked in, they are directed to a page that reads “Ready for launch!’ Then, within ten minutes, they will be greeted by a proctor, and the test can begin when all requirements and conditions are met. The entire process may take a while, so patience is required.
The price of the online proctored exam is the same as the traditional exam.
Preparation is and remains key to sit for the GED exam successfully, so use this website’s free online video lessons and practice tests to get all set fast!
Scaling up GED online testing
During the pilot program, everything was tested and evaluated to guarantee a safe testing environment. Keep in mind that not all GED hopefuls are eligible for testing. Check here to see which states are taking part in GED Testing Service’s online GED testing program.
Policies and operations are quite different from taking the test in a physical GED test center and a lot of research and testing will have to be done before online GED testing will be available to everyone in every state But it’s a great step in the right direction!
According to the website of GED Testing Service, the official organization that designed and administered the GED exam, the GED online proctored pilot lasted through August.
Now, the online proctoring of the GED test is a standard method and an alternative option to traditional testing, especially in regions where conventional testing centers are not available.
Traditional GED testing stays
GED Testing Service stated they are not saying goodbye to the traditional way of testing at state-designated test centers, but that the online proctored test provides an additional testing option.
Taking the GED exam through OnVUE online proctoring offers students lots of conveniences. It allows them to take the four GED subtests securely and with a quite simple check-in method from the comfort of their own homes or their workplaces.
When you want to register for a GED prep class, you usually will have to take the TABE test (Test of Adult Basic Education) for appropriate placement in a prep class that is in line with your knowledge and skills level.
Why it matters-Rebuilding America
Thousands of GED students had passed part of the GED exam and needed to complete only one or two of the four GED subtests to receive their GED diplomas, but completing the four GED subtests became impossible due to the pandemic. See also this post about GED Test Dates.
Not holding the credential means they cannot apply for college if they want to continue their academic education, and most jobs today require applicants to hold a secondary credential as well, so they might run into even more difficulty. In the Rebuilding America times, employers can choose from many talented people; having a GED diploma is imperative.
Now, in practically all states, GED Testing Service offers GED hopefuls the chance to sit for the exam through an online proctored GED test.
It is a fantastic development for all eligible students looking to earn their GED high school equivalency credentials!
So the online GED testing pilot was successful and online proctored GED testing is now available to all GED hopefuls that meet the qualification criteria!
Many prep sites are still closed, but in the meantime, students should use their time to get even better prepared for the GED test with our free online video lessons and practice tests.
If GED test-takers attain scores in the “College-Ready” or “College-Ready + College Credit” ranges of the GED exam, they may see the requirement to submit SAT or ACT scores waived at an increasing number of colleges and universities.
The proctored online GED test is the same as the one administered in physical test centers. The exam is professionally monitored by a well-trained 3rd-party proctor and as a result of passing it, you will get the GED diploma.
Last Updated on December 15, 2020.