Applying for the GED

Important

The new computer-based test in 2014 will cost $120. Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers in 2014.

Find out more about the changes.

COMPUTER BASED TESTING 2014:

Reminder:

  • The Test Series has changed effective January 2, 2014, and will only be given on computer at an authorized Computer Based Site 
  • Scores for the 2002 Series or prior will not carry forward to the new Test Series
  • Parental Consent forms are still needed for computer based testing (Ages 16 & 17 only)
  • Age Waivers signed by the Superintendent of the last school attended are still needed for computer based testing (Ages 16, 17 & 18)

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Update 6-7-14

  1. Create an application on www.ged.com - You must have a valid email address.
  2. Click on the link below to access the MyGED How-To-Guide to register @ www.ged.com http://www.gedtestingservice.com/uploads/files/53ce363dfa27d3efab66a40c2c8a9d1e.pdf
  3. Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers in 2014. Test takers who answer "yes" to receiving career and educational guidance from their local CTPD (Career Technical Planning District), will be provided a voucher worth up to $80.00 to go towards the $120.00 application fee. 
  4. Expiration date on all vouchers issued:  All vouchers issued as of January 2014 will expire on 6/30/2015 - FY15.  Once a first time computer based tester begins the process utilizing the voucher, all four parts of the test must be completed before 6/30/15.  There are no extensions or exceptions on the vouchers.  Our office will not be able to issue a new voucher once the testing process has begun.  The tester must complete all four sections of the test prior to the end of FY15 6/30/15. Only one voucher per computer based tester.

 

Age Requirements

September 9, 2014 - UPDATE

Per HB 483 - Effective Date: September 17, 2014

The new Consent Form will be available on the website soon.

Sec. 3313.617. (A) A person who meets all of the following criteria shall be permitted to take the tests of general educational development:

(1) The person is at least eighteen years of age.

(2) The person is officially withdrawn from school.

(3) The person has not received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Revised Code.

(B) When a person who is at least sixteen years of age but less than eighteen years of age applies to the department of education to take the tests of general educational development, the person shall submit with the application written approval from the person's parent or guardian or a court official.

(C) For the purpose of calculating graduation rates for the school district and building report cards under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code, the department shall count any person for whom approval is obtained from the person's parent or guardian or a court official under division (B) of this section as a dropout from the district or school in which the person was last enrolled prior to obtaining the approval.

Age requirements:

Effective: September 17, 2014 the following new requirements will be in place.

 

Form submission for GED Testers ages 16 & 17:

1 – A copy of the current year withdrawal form signed by the administrator; and

2 – Original Consent Form signed and notarized from either the Parent, Guardian or Court Official

     *Copies of the Guardianship or Court documents must be included

Form submission for GED Testers age 18:

1 – A copy of the current year withdrawal form signed by the administrator

 

All forms must be mailed to: Ohio Department of Education, State Of Ohio GED Office, 25 S. Front Street, MS 622, Columbus, OH  43215

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Requirements through September 16, 2014:

To take the Ohio GED® test, you must be officially withdrawn from school and be 19 years of age or older. Exceptions to the age requirement may be granted if:

You are 18 years of age –

Have the Superintendent, Community School or STEM school principal (or designee) of the school district where you last attended complete and sign the GED® Age Waiver Form. . Applicants are required to submit the GED® Age Wavier Form annually (January - December). If you are not successful on the GED® test during that calendar year, you will not be required to resubmit a new Age Waiver Form with the second or third application.

Age Waivers can be Faxed to the State of Ohio GED by the Superintendents Office only.  Or; they can be mailed to our office at: 25 S. Front Street, MS 106, Columbus, OH  43215

You are 18 years of age AND your class has graduated –

Submit an Official School Transcript that your class has graduated to the State of Ohio GED Office. If you have been sworn into active military service in one of the armed forces, submit a sworn statement  to the State of Ohio GED Office giving the date of the swearing-in ceremony. (Delayed entry candidates do not qualify.)

You are at least 16 years of age, but less than 18 years of age –

Have the Superintendent, Community School or STEM school principal (or designee) of the school district where you last attended complete and sign the GED® Age Waiver Form. A parent, guardian or court official must sign the GED® Parental Consent Form. Applicants are required to submit the GED® Age Wavier Form and Parental Consent Form annually (January - December). If you are not successful on the GED® test during that calendar year, you will not be required to resubmit a new Age Waiver Form and Parental Consent Form with the second or third application.

Age Waivers can be Faxed to the State of Ohio GED by the Superintendents Office only; Or, they can be mailed to our office at: 25 S. Front Street, MS 106, Columbus, OH 43215

Parental Consent Forms can only be mailed to the State of Ohio GED Office at: 25 S. Front Street, MS 106, Columbus, OH  43215.  The form must be notarized and have original signatures.

 

GED Fees

Computer-based Fees

The cost of the computer-based GED test is $120.  Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers in 2014. Test takers who answer "yes" to receiving career and educational guidance from their local CTPD (Career Technical Planning District), will be provided a voucher worth up to $80.00 to go towards the $120.00 application fee. The voucher is only good for 120 days from date of issue.

More Questions?

Read the GED frequently asked questions.

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Last Modified: 9/9/2014 12:32:44 PM