Taking the GED? Check Out Online Study Options


“What online opportunities exist to obtain my GED diploma?”– Luanne from  Sacramento, CA


Many wonderful programs — including educational opportunities through Goodwill — exist to help adults obtain their GED diplomas and improve their job prospects.

First, a word of warning:  NO online program can give you a GED certificate in 15 days for $199, as I saw offered on the web last week.  Those “purchased” degrees are quickly identified as fake by employers and higher educational institutions.

Qualified GED programs (both online and land-based) offer assistance in preparing to take the GED exam, which must be taken in person at an accredited GED testing center.

Many GED preparation programs are internet based, which means that you can study from home at hours convenient to you.  An instructor will be assigned to you at the time of your enrollment and can be reached by phone or email at various times.  These instructors have access to records of the time you spend online, and your performance in pre and post- test study evaluations.

You will also be given an individualized study plan.  As you progress, the instructor will assign you increasingly difficult sections as skills are mastered.  When you reach an acceptable level of accomplishment, you will be asked to take an official practice test (OPT) test that determines readiness for the actual GED exam. These OPT tests must also be taken at accredited testing facilities.  When you are proficient in all subjects, you will be directed to schedule the GED exam at an accredited facility.

If you’re thinking about preparing for and taking the GED exam but are not sure where to start, consider getting in touch with your local Goodwill. Some Goodwills, like the one I work for in Kansas, are actively offering online GED preparation programs. Even if your nearest Goodwill doesn’t have an official GED program yet, experienced career and education counselors can still help you think through the steps you need to be successful.

Finally, if you’re thinking about going to college, know that many Goodwills are partnering with local community and/or technical colleges to offer graduating GED students further opportunities to obtain higher, certified skills and competitive job placement.

For more details on the GED, visit the official website on GED testing.