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Online vs. On-site GED Testing
Taking the Exam Online
You cannot take the GED online, and the GED Testing Service advises students to be weary of companies offering to administer the test online. These organizations are often non-accredited ''diploma mills.'' Because the GED is such a widely accepted educational credential, cheating must be tightly regulated, and GED candidates are required to take the test at a licensed testing center.
GED Eligibility and Scoring
Each state has its own specific requirements regarding candidates' age, high school enrollment status, and residency. However, in all states, you must be at least 16 years old and withdrawn from school. You can also not be a high school graduate.
To pass the GED, you must score a minimum of 145 points in each of the four content areas and achieve a total of 580 points.
While the official GED exam cannot be taken online, practice tests are available online. These tests are recommended, but most states don't require them. They include the official GED practice test, GED Ready, which is available on the GED website (www.ged.com) for a small fee. This test is available in English and Spanish. The GED Testing Service also offers free practice tests for each of the exam's sections.
Information on Testing Locations
Because the test cannot be taken online, test takers must look for a testing center in their area. The GED Testing Service offers a testing center locator through it's My GED portal. Testing centers can be searched by typing in a student's zip code.
The GED Testing Service recommends that candidates check a center's accreditation status.
Those taking the test in Spanish or French should also contact their local testing center. While many exam sites administer the test in non-English languages, some do not, and this should be checked into before the test date.
Additionally, while most states allow GED candidates to test at any site in the state, some enforce residency restrictions. This is another reason why test takers should contact their local testing center and make sure they are eligible to take the exam at a given location.
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