GED Testing at a Glance
|Program Level(s)||High school equivalency|
|Online Availability||No - GED must be taken in person; study programs are available online|
|Some Preparation Options|| GED Testing Service
Steck-Vaughn Company official practice test
GED Connection (multimedia format)
local schools and community colleges
|Other Diploma Options||Online high school diploma from a school approved by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission|
GED Testing Service
The GED Testing Service offers a marketplace with several types of study aids through its website www.GEDTestingService.com. These study materials contain sample test questions from each of the subject areas tested: science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. Answers and explanations are provided online with tips on navigating through the standardized test format. Test guides also include instructions on how to use the calculator and answer forms for the math section.
The Steck-Vaughn Company produces the official GED practice test, which is administered in short- and full-length versions at testing centers around the country. Even if your state doesn't require you to take the practice test, you may find Steck-Vaughn's sample test questions and study guides helpful for studying at home. You can also use their website (www.hmhco.com/shop) to purchase test workbooks for each subject. You can find GED skill books in language arts, physical sciences, social studies and algebra, to name a few subjects.
Multimedia Learning Through GED Connection
Kentucky Educational Television (ketadultlearning.org) combines videos, online activities and test workbooks into the adult learning course system called GED Connection. DVDs and workbooks can be purchased online, but may also be available at your local public library or adult learning center. The online segments of these courses include learning modules and virtual classes.
The Paxen Group also partners with ACE to produce its own set of GED prep workbooks. These study aids are available in multiple subjects and can be purchased on the company's website www.paxen.com.
Courses Recommended by State Departments of Education
You can usually find GED courses that are recommended by your state by checking the state's department of education. However, most of these courses take place in the classroom rather than at home or online. Some states will direct you to the GED testing service or Steck-Vaughn online resources, but check your state's GED website for some of your at-home study options. For example, Kentucky Adult Education offers residents online versions of their state-sponsored GED classes, but candidates must register at their local test centers (www.kyae.ky.gov).
GED Preparation Classes
If you're willing to study for the GED outside of your home or feel you might focus better in a classroom, consider taking a GED preparation course. You'll also have an instructor available to help you, and some state-sponsored classes are administered free of charge. GED courses are taught at high schools, community colleges and adult learning centers, so you might find a class near your neighborhood. You can find local courses through the Literacy Directory (literacydirectory.org), your state government's website or the GED website.
Legitimate High School Diplomas Online
While no state or jurisdiction gives the official GED test online, it is possible to earn your high school diploma online or from home. These are not quick courses or tests, but full secondary school curricula that take an appropriate amount of time to complete. If you're considering earning a high school diploma online, check the Distance Education Accrediting Commission website at www.deac.org for a list of accredited online high schools. The GED testing service, Kentucky Educational Television, and the Paxon Group - among others - offer GED preparation services, but there is no official GED test online. The GED test must be taken in person.