Can I Get My GED by Mail?

The General Educational Development (GED) test can't be taken online or through the mail, but you can find information about it on the Internet. Learn more about online help available for the GED.

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Where Can I Find Reliable Information?

The GED Testing Service, sponsored by the American Council of Education (ACE), is one place to find reliable and accurate information. The GED Testing Service website lists contacts for every state and U.S. military base for more information from official testing sites. Your state GED representative is also a reliable source for finding information about requirements for the diploma.

The GED test can only be taken at an official testing site. So, before enrolling in any program, check to make sure its certificate or diploma is accepted by your college or employer. Be skeptical about any online program or school that offers a GED diploma by mail or online.

Where Can I Take the GED?

According to information provided by ACE, there are over 3,400 GED testing locations available in the United States and throughout the world (www.ace.net). You can find the nearest testing center by entering your ZIP code on the ACE website. Make sure you contact your center to find current schedules and updated information. You may also want to check if there are residency requirements in your area.

What Can I Do Online?

There are many ways to prepare for the GED online. The GED Testing Service has sample questions from each content area on its website along with correct answers and explanations. You'll also be able to find links to the official practice test (OPT) and other free online programs and recommended resources.

There are many online vendors offering preparation programs for the GED. Some are free and others charge a fee. Before paying any money, find out if the program is recommended by an educational institution. Some states, such as Illinois and Mississippi, have their own online GED programs. Also, preview the site to see what services are offered, such as feedback on answers, lessons on subjects and tutorial help with the essay.

Some states might allow you to register online for the GED. In addition, your test results and an explanation of the scores are available online. You can also request an official transcript if you need to show proof that you passed.

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