Ohio Graduation Tests FAQs

Current law requires students who enrolled in grade 9 for the first time before July 1, 2014, to take and pass all five subjects of the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) in order to earn an Ohio high school diploma. At this time, there are a small number of students attending high school who are taking the OGT. The majority of OGT testers are individuals who have completed their high school course requirements and individuals who are completing their high school course requirements in an institution such as a community college. In both cases, these individuals are required to present a photo ID for testing. For all other students, please refer to the webpage: Ohio's Graduation Requirements. 

In an effort to provide flexibility for individuals who want to complete OGT requirements, the OGT will be administered as an online test beginning with the 2018-2019 school year until its final administration in 2022. There will be three online opportunities per year (September through July) to take any required subject of the OGT. Testers are required to have SSIDs or other approved State test identifiers.
 

General Questions

Questions on New Testing Pathways for Students Required to Take the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)


General Questions

    What are the purposes of the Ohio Graduation Tests?

    The purposes of the OGT are to:
    Ensure that students who receive a high school diploma demonstrate at least high school levels of achievement; and
    Measure the level of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies skills expected of students at the end of the 10th grade.
     

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    Where is the online OGT offered?
    The online OGT is offered in public school districts, including community schools; education organizations with 22+ Programs and Adult Education Programs; Education Service Centers (ESCs); and nonpublic schools.
     

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    Is a SSID required to take the OGT?
    Yes, a SSID is required to take the OGT. For testers who do not have a SSID, they should use or obtain state test identifiers in one of the following three ways:
    1. 22+ Program and Adult Diploma Program participants can use their program IDs by adding ‘ADP’ in front of the set of numbers already in their possession, e.g. ADP######.
    2. Nonpublic school students taking the OGT at nonpublic schools should use their state test IDs.
    3. If none of the above applies, the district should treat the tester like a homeschooled student and apply for a state test ID here.

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    What time of year are the OGT offered?

    There are three online opportunities per school year (September through July) to take any part of the OGT still required. Testers using paper as an approved accommodation have three available test windows:
    Form 01: September 1-July 31
    Form 02: January 2-July 31
    Form 03: May 1-July 31.
     

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    Can test providers set defined test windows rather than having an 11-month open-ended window?
    Yes. Flexibility is the goal; therefore, test providers can have an open 11-month continuous window or establish test windows for online testing. Test providers can also establish test windows for approved paper testers within three defined test windows:
    Form 01: September 1-July 31
    Form 02: January 2-July 31
    Form 03: May 1-July 31.
    Note: Because the OGT is an online test, approved paper testers will have their answers input in the Data Entry Interface (DEI) by qualified Test Administrators. There are no Answer Documents available for use.
     

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    Who may be eligible for paper tests?
    A district or school with testers who require paper test forms as an accommodation documented in an IEP or 504 Plan are eligible for paper tests. Some testers may be eligible for paper tests due to their religious beliefs.
     

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    Are the OGT subjects administered in any particular order?
    No. Testers are free to test in any subject on any day.
     

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    Can more than one OGT subject be given in one day?
    Yes. As long as testers can complete the tested subject(s) in one day, there are no constraints on the number of tests given in a single day.
     

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    How much time will testers have to take the OGT?

    Testers without approved accommodations have up to two and one-half hours to take each subject of the OGT.
     

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    How many questions are on the OGT?

    The reading, mathematics, science and social studies tests consist of 32 multiple-choice items and six open-ended items.  The writing test consists of ten multiple-choice items, one short answer item and two writing prompts.
     

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    Can testers use a calculator for the OGT math and science subjects?
    Yes. Testers may use the red handheld OGT Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS calculator or use the DESMOS calculator provided in the online tests.
     

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    What accessibility features are embedded in the online OGT?
    • General Testing Tools
      Highlighter
      Masking
      Strikethrough
      Test Clock
    • Reading Testing Tools
      Line Reader
      Paginated Stimuli
    • Visual Tools
      Color Choice
      Mouse Pointer (size and color)
      Print Size
    Consult Ohio’s Accessibility Manual for additional information.
     

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    Is the online OGT administered in languages other than English?
    School districts and other test sites must provide oral language translators for EL testers needing foreign language interpreters. The Department will reimburse the cost for oral translators at a fixed rate. 
     

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    How soon will testers receive their test results?
    All results are made available to test providers no later than 30 days after the completion of each test or test administration. Tester score reports are made available to test providers through the Online Reporting System (ORS). There will be no mailed score reports. Testers must obtain score reports from their test providers.
     

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    What happens if testers do not pass the OGT?

    Testers who do not pass one or more tests will retake the tests they need to pass. The OGT will be available until 2022. Testers must contact a school district or other test site to learn of the testing opportunities offered by the school district or test site.
     

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    How soon can testers retake an OGT?
    Testers are encouraged to wait until they receive their scores from the test just taken. If testers do not receive a proficient score, the Department encourages test takers to seek remediation and/or adequately prepare to retest. However, there are no time constraints of when a tester can retest online.
     

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    Are there other ways for testers to earn a diploma if they do not pass the OGT?

    There are other pathways for testers to earn a diploma if they do not pass the OGT. Information on New Testing Pathways for Students Required to Take the Ohio Graduation Tests are found here
     

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Questions on New Testing Pathways for Students Required to Take the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)

    Can testers use their high school course grade for a course prior to the new Ohio’s State Tests being available?

    No, this is only applicable to testers who enrolled in grade 9 for the first time on or after July 1, 2014, typically the graduating classes of 2018 and beyond.
     

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    Can testers use scores obtained from other tests prior to January 1, 2016?

    Yes, testers may use scores from approved tests taken prior to January 1, 2016, as part of this new pathway. Tests includes the state’s end-of-course tests, ACT, SAT, applicable College Credit Plus course grades or applicable Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.
     

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    Where is information about the Ohio’s State Tests?

    Information about Ohio’s State Tests is here.

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    If testers take one of Ohio’s State Tests during spring testing, will they receive the results in time for graduation?

    Maybe not. The results from Ohio’s State Tests are not available to districts and schools until early- to late- June. Most schools have graduation exercises before the spring End-of-course test results are available.
     

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Last Modified: 8/28/2018 10:21:44 AM