Finding Accredited Schools
To ensure that an online course is offered by an accredited school or an agency approved to provide GED instruction in your state, contact your local department of education for a list of programs. You can also use the National Literacy Directory to search for programs in your area by desired learning format.
Keep in mind that you will not receive a GED credential after finishing an online GED prep program or course. The GED can only be earned after taking the exams at approved testing centers.
Taking an Online GED Prep Course
The following are all examples of accredited schools offering online GED courses to students who need a flexible test prep option to meet their scheduling needs. These courses can be completed asynchronously and often provide you with access to instructors. However, you'll more than likely need to complete the registration process and meet placement or assessment testing requirements on campus.
Miami Dade College: Enrollment in this course is available at any point in the school year. The program starts by having you take a practice test, which will ultimately determine the areas in which you need the most instruction.
City Colleges of Chicago: To be eligible for this program, you'll need to earn acceptable math and reading scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). You will also be expected to spend 5-7 hours a week completing online courses.
Central Piedmont Community College: This program requires a 12-hour weekly commitment and lasts for an entire semester. Assessment tests are given at both the beginning and end of the course to help track your progress and determine your readiness for the GED exams.
Using Additional Resources to Study Online
The GED Testing Service (www.gedtestingservice.com) offers online practice tests and study materials that can help you prepare to take the exam.
Study.com also offers a comprehensive GED Study Guide that is accessible online. This self-paced course delivers instruction through engaging video lessons that are followed by short quizzes you can use to test your understanding of exam content. You can also get help from instructors if you have questions about the material. These same features are also available in courses designed to help you focus on a particular subject test:
- GED Math: Algebra, Geometry & Arithmetic
- GED Language Arts Part I: Reading
- GED Language Arts Part II: Writing
- GED Science: Life, Physical & Chemical
- GED Social Studies: History, Geography, Economics & Civics