In most states, students can take the four GED subtests online from the comfort of their homes or at an official testing center.
To qualify for online testing, students need to attain a “green” score on the GED Ready® test, the official GED practice test.
An online proctor will guide the online testing process and monitor if the students do everything correctly and in accordance with the rules and regulations.
However, not all states offer online GED testing. In this post, you can learn which states offer the GED® test in an online format.
This is changing, however, now the TASC exam is no longer available, and states that used the TASC exam have either switched to the GED (New York State) or the HiSET exam (Iowa, Indiana, West Virginia). Both exams are offered at test centers and in an online proctored format for qualifying students in most states.
We also give advice on what to do if your state still doesn’t allow online testing, so keep reading.
Before you will be able to register for testing (both online and in-person), students will have to set up an account on the website GED.com.
It’s a simple but important process. Some states require that you upload proof of address and add your SSN. Also, make sure you don’t make any spelling mistakes in your name.
“Green” On The GED Ready Practice Test
As said above, you are required to score in the “Green” section when you take the required GED Ready practice test, and your GED Ready scores count only for sixty days!
When you qualify for taking the GED test in an online proctored format, you will receive a message from GED Testing Service in your account that you can schedule your test appointment.
There are states and jurisdictions that decided not to use the GED test for the purpose of high school equivalency testing. They use an alternative option, the HiSET exam.
States That Offer Online GED Testing
In most states, however, you have the chance to take the GED exam from the comfort of your home while also using an online whiteboard.
You need to have a well-functioning internet connection and qualify for online testing.
If you live in one of the following states, you can now take the four GED modules in an online proctored format if you meet the requirements, such as scoring in the “Green” zone on the GED Ready practice test. Online GED testing is (in most states) only open to students 18 years of age and older.
- South Dakota
- Rhode Island
- Pennsylvania (with extra restrictions)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- DC (with extra restrictions)
- Connecticut (with extra restrictions)
- Territories that offer online GED testing (see below)
Online GED testing is NOT available in South Carolina and New York State.
These States Do Not Use The GED Test
Now, let’s look at the states that do not use the GED exam at all. The following states are NOT using the GED (General Education Development) test for the purpose of high school equivalency testing:
- West Virginia (HiSET)
- Tennessee (HiSET)
- New Hampshire (HiSET)
- Montana (HiSET)
- Missouri (HiSET)
- Maine (HiSET)
- Louisiana (HiSET)
- Iowa (HiSET)
For information about the online proctored HiSET-Exam-At-Home testing option, go to our post: “The Online HiSET Exam.”
The GED test taken online is a proctored exam, and please make sure your GED test appointments are in your correct time zone and at the right time! Mistakes happen so easily!
States That Do Not Offer Online GED Testing
There are states that continue to offer the GED test at authorized GED test centers only. Most states, however, decided to offer the GED test online as well as at state-approved test centers. Some states, however, decided against that option. These are South Carolina and New York.
Be aware, though, that some states have specific approval processes for Online Proctored GED testing, such as Connecticut and Washington, DC. So please get well-informed! Please also note that in Pennsylvania, test-takers need to provide proof of state residency additionally.
Some states switched to the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) while others decided to opt for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), but, as said above, this option is no longer available. There are states that offer both the GED and the HiSET option.
These resources are a part of our GED Online Guide.
The following territories are also offering online proctored GED testing:
- Virgin Islands
- Northern Mariana Island
- American Samoa
It’s important to remember that taking the GED test online requires the same proper test preparation as taking the test in the traditional GED testing center.
It means that when you take the exam, proctoring software monitors your computer’s desktop, webcam video, and audio.
When you decide to take the GED test online, you must follow proctoring rules and requirements.