How to take the GED test online

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If you want to take the GED test online, you need to follow a few extra steps. First of all, you should know that during these online proctored GED exams, proctoring software monitors your computer’s desktop, webcam video, and audio.

So, you need a computer with a webcam, microphone, and reliable internet.

Also, before taking the GED test, you need to download and install software on your computer. For more details, check this page: 

Keep in mind, Chromebook laptops and mobile devices are not fit for taking the online GED® test.

We assume you have already created your account.

  1. Before you are allowed to schedule the online test, you need to take the GED Ready® practice test for the chosen subject. Only if you score into the “green zone” (Likely to Pass) you will see the option for scheduling that section of the GED test.
  2. Online tests are offered every day but you can schedule only one subject test at a time. As soon as you have completed a subtest online, you can schedule the next one.
  3. Before taking the GED test, you will be asked to run a system check; you will have to install software that confirms that your computer meets the technical requirements. It sounds a bit complicated, but usually, it’s a straightforward task. When everything is working well, you can choose the time and date.
  4. When the OP (Online Proctored) GED exam starts, you’ll be asked to verify your identity. You must take a photo of your face by webcam and of your photo ID, and there are more things the software on your computer will have to verify to secure a safe and secure testing environment.
  5. You are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks during the exam. If you do, your exam results will be invalid. Scheduled breaks (the same as during exams in a testing center) are allowed.
  6. Usually, your test results are available on the same day.


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