In most states, you can take the GED test at home. This kind of testing is very convenient and saves time. However, New York does not offer this possibility. This article explains how you can take the GED test online regardless of the state you live in.
The GED® test is provided by GED Testing Service, and students need to register at GED.com. You can prepare for the GED test quickly with our online GED classes.
Not every state uses the GED test for High School Equivalency testing. Nine states offer the HiSET® exam instead of the GED test, and 14 states offer a choice of both exams. Although the HiSET also offers testing at home, some students are not able to schedule the HiSET at home.
Keep reading to find out what to do if you want to take the GED test at home.
First, you need to be aware that to qualify for taking the GED test online, you’ll have to reach test results in the “green” (likely to pass) zone on the GED Ready® test, the official GED practice test from GED Testing Service. There’s a GED Ready test for each of the four subject tests.
Next, you need to find a state that allows non-residents to take the GED test. For example, Florida and Idaho have no residency requirements, and both states offer online testing.
So just look at the overview below and learn which states offer online testing and have no residency requirement. GED testing is available all year long, regardless of whether you take the exam at a test center or online.
The GED diploma will be issued by the state where you pass your final subject, while high school diplomas are issued by high schools (there are more minor differences), and the GED diploma is valid nationwide.
You can check what states require residency here. The listed prices are for one of the four GED subtests. There are four separate GED subtests, so the entire GED battery will cost you four times the listed amount.
In July 2023, most states raised the fee of on-site testing to the same level as online testing.
GED Online Testing By State And Residency Requirements
This table includes a summary of GED online requirements by state; click on the name of your state for more details.
|State||GED Test Cost at a Test Center||Cost of the GED Online Test||Residency required?|
|Alabama GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Alaska GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Arizona GED Online||$41.00||$41.00||No|
|Arkansas GED Online||$4.00||$36.00||Yes|
|California GED Online||$41.00||$41.00||Yes|
|Colorado GED Online||$43.50||$43.50||No|
|Connecticut GED Online||Free, but a $13.00 registration fee (not for under-21 testers and the military)||Free, but a $13.00 registration fee (not for under-21 testers and the military)||Yes|
|Delaware GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||Yes|
|District of Columbia GED Online||$3.75||$36.00||Yes|
|Florida GED Online||$32.00||$38.00||No|
|Georgia GED Online||$46.00||$46.00||No|
|Hawaii GED Online||$37.50||$43.50||No|
|Idaho GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Illinois GED Online||Free. Regular fee: $36.00||Free. Regular fee: $36.00||Yes|
|Indiana GED Online||$30||$36||Yes|
|Iowa GED Online||No GED.
|Kansas GED Online||$39.00||$39.00||No|
|Kentucky GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||Yes|
|Louisiana GED Online||No GED.
|Maine GED Online||No GED.
|Maryland GED Online||$36. First-time testers: $11.25||$36. First-time testers: $11.25||Yes|
|Massachusetts GED Online||$36.00 (Now Free)||$36.00 (Now Free)||Yes|
|Michigan GED Online||$43.50||$43.50||No|
|Minnesota GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Mississippi GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Missouri GED Online||No GED.
|Montana GED Online||No GED.
|Nebraska GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Nevada GED Online||$31.00||$31.00||Yes|
|New Hampshire GED Online||No GED.
|New Jersey GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||Yes|
|New Mexico GED Online||$20.00||$36.00||No|
|New York GED Online||Free||N/A||Yes|
|North Carolina GED Online||$26.00||$36.00||No|
|North Dakota GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Ohio GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||Yes|
|Oklahoma GED Online||$41.00||$41.00||No|
|Oregon GED Online||$44.00||$44.00||No|
|Pennsylvania GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||Yes|
|Rhode Island GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||Yes|
|South Carolina GED Online||$37.50||$43.50||Yes|
|South Dakota GED Online||$50.00||$50.00||No|
|Tennessee GED Online||No GED.
|Texas GED Online||$36.25||$42.25||Yes|
|Utah GED Online||$360.00||$36.00||No|
|Vermont GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Virginia GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||No|
|Washington GED Online||$36.00||$36.00||Yes|
|West Virginia GED Online||No GED.
|Wisconsin GED Online||$39.75||$39.75||Yes|
|Wyoming GED Online||$26.00||$36.00||No|
Taking The GED Test At Home – Technical Requirements
To be able to take the GED exam at home (the Online Proctored GED Test), you need to use a laptop or desktop with a camera and a microphone. Your Internet connection must be secure and stable, and you must use a quiet and private room.
You are required to install the specific proctoring software for the GED exam on the computer you’re using to take the exam. This software will check software on your computer, monitor your activities, and stream your testing data to specific GED proctoring software. This software additionally records video and audio via your webcam.
You cannot use a tablet or any mobile device. To make sure the testing data will transfer continually, your Internet connection speed must be no less than 500 kbps. So it is important to have a secure and stable Internet connection, and during the test, you cannot close your browser.
When starting your Online Proctored GED test, your identity needs to be verified by taking a webcam photo of your face and your picture ID. Additionally, the installed software will verify if your testing environment is secure and safe.
You can take the GED test at home even if your state doesn’t offer this possibility, but you need to comply with a few requirements.