GED Online By State And Residency Requirements

In most states, you can take the GED test at home. This kind of testing is very convenient and saves time.

However, New York, Hawaii, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Massachusetts do not offer this possibility, and Florida has suspended online GED testing as of January 10, 2024.


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This article explains how you can take the GED test online regardless of the state you live in.

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Not every state uses the GED test for High School Equivalency testing. Three states (Iowa, Maine, and Tennessee) offer the HiSET® exam instead of the GED test, and many 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.

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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.

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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 No
Georgia GED Online $46.00 $46.00 No
Hawaii GED Online $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 $36 $36 Yes
Iowa GED Online No GED.
HiSET instead
Kansas GED Online $39.00 $39.00 No
Kentucky GED Online $36.00 $36.00 Yes
Louisiana GED Online No GED.
HiSET instead
Maine GED Online No GED.
HiSET instead
Maryland GED Online $36. First-time testers: $11.25 $36. First-time testers: $11.25 Yes
Massachusetts GED Online $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 $33.00 + yearly $10 fee $36.00 + yearly $10 fee Yes
Montana GED Online $36.00 $36.00 Yes
Nebraska GED Online $36.00 $36.00 No
Nevada GED Online $31.00 $31.00 Yes
New Hampshire GED Online $36.00 $36.00 Yes
New Jersey GED Online $36.00 $36.00 Yes
New Mexico GED Online $20.00 $36.00 No
New York GED Online Free 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.
HiSET instead
Texas GED Online $36.25 $42.25 Yes
Utah GED Online $36.00 $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 $36.00 Yes
Wisconsin GED Online $39.75 $39.75 Yes
Wyoming GED Online $26.00 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.

To Summarize

You can take the GED test at home even if your state doesn’t offer this possibility, but you need to comply with the requirements.