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 through 06/30/2016.


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
  • September 14, 2016 - H.B. 113
  • Age requirement change for 16-, 17- and 18-year-old test takers including:
    • A test taker who is 16, 17, or 18 will be eligible to test under the following guidelines:
      • Officially withdrawn from school and has not received a high school diploma or honors diploma; and
      • A test taker who is 16 or 17 years of age must submit a consent form signed by either the parent, guardian or court official.
  • The following documents will no longer be required for test takers who are 16, 17, or 18 years of age.
    • Good Cause Form;
    • Extenuating Circumstance Form;
    • Transcript; and
    • Back-up documentation.

Update October 16, 2015

HOW TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT AND SCHEDULE A GED TEST

  1. All test takers must be an Ohio resident and meet the Ohio age requirements (see below for age requirements). Creating a user account will allow test takers to see the following on their dashboard: About the test, study, test tips, find a center, schedule test, my scores, college & careers. Test takers who are 16, 17 and 18 must submit all required documentation to the State of Ohio GED Office.
  1. Create an user account at www.ged.com
    1. You will need a valid email address to create an account
    2. Check the Messages icon for information on Ohio test takers
    3. The MY GED user account remains active indefinitely. Return to the user account to schedule tests, purchase practice tests, view scores, etc.
  1. Ohio Voucher worth $80 (Ohio residents only)
    1. Answer “Yes” to the question regarding Career & Educational Guidance to receive a State Voucher worth $80.00 *DO NOT ASK FOR A VOUCHER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO TEST
  1. Accommodations: Answer “yes” only if you meet the following explanation; otherwise, answer “no
    1. The purpose of accommodations is to provide candidates with full access to the GED® test. However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion. GED Testing Service provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations. GED® test accommodations may include things such as:
    2. A separate testing room
    3. Extra testing time
    4. Extra breaks
    5. Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis
  1. Obtain a Voucher Code (When you are ready to test)
    1. Contact a local Career Technical Planning District (CTPD) Office on the following webpage: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/GED-CTPD
    2. Test takers will be offered career and educational guidance
    3. Test takers will be asked a few questions
    4. A voucher code will be emailed (allow up to 7 to 10 days to receive the voucher code via email. Do not contact another CTPD Office to obtain a voucher sooner)
    5. Tester Takers are only allowed one (1) voucher code
  1. To schedule the GED test
    1. Log back into your user account at www.ged.com
    2. Choose “Schedule the test”
    3. Choose the location, day and time for your test or tests
    4. On the payment screen enter the voucher code
    5. The cost will be reduced from $120.00 to $40.00 for the entire battery (all four tests).
    6. Tests may be scheduled separately.  Once the voucher code is entered the cost will be based on the number of test scheduled: 1 test = $10; 2 tests = $20; 3 tests = $30; 4 tests = $40
  1. To see test results:
    1. Log back into your user account at www.ged.com
    2. Select “my scores” on your dashboard

Effective January 1, 2014 Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers. 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 student's $40 fee and the voucher must be submitted online through their account created on www.ged.com.

Expiration date on all vouchers issued:  All vouchers issued as of January 2014 will expire on June 30, 2017 - FY17.  Once a first time computer based tester begins the process utilizing the voucher, all four parts of the test must be completed before June 30, 2017.  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 FY17 - June 30, 2017. Eligibility: Only one voucher code per first time computer based test taker.  Test takers must be Ohio residents.


Age Requirements

September 14, 2016 - UPDATE

Per House Bill 113, Ohio Revised Code 3301.81 - Effective Date: Sept. 14, 2016

Rule: Ohio Administrative Code 3301-41-01

To take the Ohio High School Equivalency tests, an eligible applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A test applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A test applicant must be officially withdrawn from school.
  • A test applicant may not have received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • A copy of the withdrawal from must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalency Office.

Test applicants who are a minimum age of 16 years, but less than 18 years of age may apply under the following criteria

  • A test applicant must be officially withdrawn from school.
  • A test applicant may not have received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • A copy of the withdrawal from must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalency Office.
  • A test applicant must provide written approval from the parent, guardian or court official. A signed and notarized consent form must be submitted to the State of Ohio High School Equivalency Office.

GED Fees

COMPUTER-BASED FEES

The cost of the computer-based GED test is $120.  Effective January 1, 2014 Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers. 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 will expire on June 30, 2017.  All four sections of the test must be completed prior to the expiration date of June 30, 2017. A voucher cannot be used to schedule a test date beyond the expiration date.


More Questions?

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Last Modified: 9/19/2016 1:31:36 PM