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 17, 2014 - H.B. 483 is in effect requriing Consent Forms for testers ages 16, 17, 18.  See age requirements below.

Update 9-17-14

  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 -http://www.gedtestingservice.com/uploads/files/53ce363dfa27d3efab66a40c2c8a9d1e.pdf
  3. 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.
  4. Expiration date on all vouchers issued:  All vouchers issued as of January 2014 will expire on 6/30/2016 - FY16.  Once a first time computer based tester begins the process utilizing the voucher, all four parts of the test must be completed before 6/30/16.  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 FY16 6/30/16. Only one voucher per first time computer based tester.  Testers must be Ohio residents.

Age Requirements

September 9, 2014 - UPDATE

Per HB 483 - Effective Date: September 17, 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To take the Ohio GED® test, you must be officially withdrawn from school and be 19 years of age or older.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 are as follows:

Form submission for GED Testers ages 16 & 17, which includes Home-School students which are not affiliated with publicly funded online schools, ex. ECOT, K-12, Ohio Virtual Academy and related schools:

  1. A copy of the school's current year withdrawal form signed by the school 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 school's current year withdrawal form signed by the school 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


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, 2016.  All four sections of the test must be completed prior to the expiration date of June 30, 2016. A voucher cannot be used to schedule a test date beyond the expiration date.


More Questions?

Read the GED frequently asked questions

Last Modified: 9/2/2015 11:00:01 AM