Online GED Test Options and GED Study Materials

Test takers should be wary of companies offering online GED exams, because the GED cannot be taken on the Internet. The test must be taken in person at an official GED testing center. The GED website offers a searchable Web database for the many GED testing centers across the United States. After finding a testing center, students can prepare for the exam with online GED study materials.

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Finding a GED Testing Center and Preparing for the Test

Online GED Testing?

The GED cannot be taken online. The GED Testing Service cautions test takers against falling victim to companies offering to administer GED tests online. It says explicitly that these are not legitimate programs.

Finding a Testing Center

The best way to find a testing center is to use the testing center locator on the GED Testing Service's website (GED.com). Testing centers can be searched by address or ZIP code.

Some testing centers may administer tests at additional sites which may be closer for some test takers. Secondary testing sites aren't always listed on the GED Testing Service website. Students can call the nearest center for more information on hours of operations and additional testing sites.

GED Online Course Options

There are also different options for online GED prep classes and materials. Some states offer the i-Pathways Program which provides free online GED instruction and preparation with feedback from teachers. Generally, i-Pathway students must pass an assessment test before beginning the program. Although i-Pathways is structured to allow you to go-at-your-own-pace, some states do require students to complete a certain number of lessons each week.

The DCS GED Prep Online program also offers online lessons and practice tests in English and Spanish. The DCS program is an individual student subscription program and members pay a set amount for four months of online instruction.

The GED Testing Service provides sample tests and questions on its website. Practice tests that will tell you if you are ready for the real test, or if you need more preparation in certain areas, are also available.

GED Online Materials and Resources

Those who want to study on their own can also find study online books and materials from different education publishers and companies. Study materials vary in format. Test takers may want to research different organizations in order to choose a preparation program that suits their learning style. The GED Testing Service provides a list of approved study materials at GED.com. The following programs are samples of the types of available resources:

GED Connection from KET

The Kentucky Educational Television GED Connection offers 39 video lessons and supplementary study materials, including print workbooks and online preparation programs. The online programs offer practice tests, quizzes and other activities for all sections of the exam. These materials are meant to work together as a unified multimedia program and may be more effective when used together.

Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan offers a 3-month online GED prep program with instructional videos, practice questions, practice tests and email support from instructors. The program provides you with reports and advises you on areas that you made need to study. Videos can be accessed on mobile devices.

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