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Release date: 10/1/2012

As society integrates technology into almost every facet of life, and the job market continues to be shaped by technology, adults will need basic technology skills to be successful, said Randy Trask, president of GED Testing Service. Moving the GED test to computer helps adults demonstrate necessary basic technology skills and makes their testing process easier and more efficient. We are so pleased that Ohio is our partner in this important endeavor.

Several new services will streamline the testing process and benefit adult learners who often need to move quickly into jobs or training programs. These benefits include:

  • Online scheduling and registration that is available 24/7;
  • More testing flexibility for test-takers; they can choose when and where to take their test;
  • Instant unofficial score reports; faster results mean adults can apply for jobs or begin studying immediately if they need to retake a subject area;
  • Enhanced test security.

According to state GED program leadership, the computerized test initially will be offered in five locations across Ohio before its eventual expansion. The testing centers are located at:

  • Greene County Career Center, Xenia;
  • Marion Technical College, Marion;
  • Owens Community College, Toledo-area Campus, Perrysburg;
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland;
  • Belmont College, St. Clairsville.

Since the launch in January, more than 12,000 computerized GED tests have been delivered in at least 26 states, including the District of Columbia, and test-takers have taken advantage of the new benefits. The computer test was easy to use and the instant score report helped motivate me to finish the rest of the sections, said Eric Martinez, who was one of the first individuals in Nebraska to take the GED test on computer. GED Testing Service expects more than half of all states to offer the test on computer by the end of the year.

The GED test on computer is the same test currently offered using paper and pencil. Whether a candidate takes the test on paper or computer, he/she must take it in person at an official GED testing center. The GED test is never offered online.

States currently offering the GED test on computer are preparing for the new 2014 GED test, which will be available only on computer. Offering the test on computer before January 2014 allows testing centers to become familiar with the new system and better prepare test-takers.

For adults interested in taking or learning more about the GED test on computer, please visit www.GEDtestingservice.com.


Additional resources
  • Video short Great Things in Motion; Why the GED testing program is changing http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/great-things
  • Video short The GED test is not online http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/great-things"
  • State-specific statistics can be found on our website http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/historical-testing-data
  • About GED Testing Service

    The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the one official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma. GED Testing Service is a joint venture between Pearson and the American Council on Education (ACE).