Beware of Misleading Diploma Claims

Persons seeking to meet New Jersey’s high school diploma requirements should beware of companies that claim to offer the General Educational Development (GED), ETS HiSET, or CTB-McGraw Hill TASC assessments over the internet or through correspondence courses.  None of the state-authorized test vendors recognizes online correspondence testing programs and neither does the New Jersey Department of Education.

According to the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Certification and Induction, High School Equivalency exams are not offered online and there are no plans to introduce online testing in the future, due to obvious test security issues. The creators of the national GED exams have stated quite clearly that there are no approved online GED testing programs in use anywhere. The new test vendors, ETS and McGraw Hill, have also stated that their tests will not be offered online.

The state recommends that persons who have left traditional high schools before earning their high school diplomas contact a state-authorized testing center and register to take an approved test so that they can obtain a state-issued high school diploma. Please note that these exams can be taken multiple times, if necessary.

The Department offers information about New Jersey’s High School Equivalency program, as well as directions for contacting a state-approved testing center.

If the New Jersey Department of Education does not have your record and you suspect you may have been a victim of one of these companies, please contact the GED Testing Service to report that organization.  Also available are the official press release on this issue and the form to report any new organization found.