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Beware! Protect yourself from fraudulent diplomas.

The GED® test is not online. You must appear in person, at a testing center.

There are hundreds of websites offering high school diplomas, GED® credentials, and other degrees. What they don't tell you is the "accredited degree" they offer is practically worthless. These sites are looking to make a quick buck at your expense — and they're charging anywhere from $50 to $500 to do it.

How to spot a fake

The website might look professional. In fact, they may claim to be accredited and have names that sound like real educational institutions. But you're wasting your money by paying to take their online tests or buying their diplomas.

Here are some commonly used phrases that sound good, but may indicate a fake diploma or credential:

  • "fully accredited online high school"
  • "earn a real high school diploma online"
  • "a high school diploma based on life experience"
  • "an online high school equivalency test"
  • "don't waste time and money when you can earn your diploma instantly"

Fraudulent websites

We can't list every site, but here are a few examples of fraudulent sites.

  • Aberdeen High School
  • Adison High School
  • Capitol High School
  • Edison High School
  • Enterprise High School
  • GED Options
  • Jefferson High School Online
  • John Adams High School
  • Kennedy High School
  • Lincoln Academy
  • Nation High School
  • Western Heritage High School

Remember, the GED® test cannot be taken online. You must be in an Official GED® Testing Center to take the real GED® test.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Visit the GED Testing Service® website more information.