Can You Take the GED Test Online?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
The GED high school equivalency credential may be obtained by taking the computer-based GED test at a testing location. Read on to learn about the GED and discover online tools to help you prepare for the exam.

How to Take the GED Test

The GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency exam measuring a test taker's high school-level knowledge of social studies, science, math and language arts. While students may use online tools to register and prepare for the exam, the GED test must be taken in person at one of about 3,400 GED testing centers that can be found in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in their territories. Test takers may register for the exam online on the official GED website.

GED Test Overview

The parts of the GED test are scored individually on a 100 - 200 point scale, with a score of 150 required on each to earn a GED credential.

Subject Knowledge/Skills Tested Testing Time (Minutes)
Science Life sciences, earth and space, and physical sciences 90
Social Studies Civics, economics, U.S. history and geography 90
Reasoning Through Language Arts Reading comprehension and writing skills 150
Math Algebraic and quantitative problem-solving skills 115

Online Tools for GED Test Preparation

Most candidates earn their GED in three months or less, thanks in part to abundant online preparation tools and resources that allow test takers to study for the GED exam at their own pace. Explore Study.com's video lessons, quizzes and practice exams available online for each GED test section:

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