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 29, 2015 - H.B. 64 will be in effect requiring Consent and Good Cause Forms and High School Transcript for test takers ages 16 and 17, Withdrawal Form for 18 year old test takers or an Extenuating Circumstance Form.  See age requirements below.

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 prior to creating a user account.
  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 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 15, 2015 - UPDATE

Per HB 64 ORC 3313.617 - Effective Date: September 29, 2015

#1 - To take the Ohio GED® test, an eligible applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A test applicant must be at least eighteen 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 Revised Code
  • A copy of the withdrawal from must be submitted to State of Ohio GED Office

#2 - Exceptions are granted as follows for applicants who are 16 & 17 years of age:

  • A test applicant may apply to take the tests, as long as they have 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
  • A test applicant must provide written approval from the person’s parent or guardian or a court official.
  • The test applicant has been continuously enrolled in a program approved to grant a high school diploma for at least one semester and attained an attendance rate of at least seventy-five percent during that semester
  • The test applicant must show good cause for taking the GED® test as determined by rules adopted by the Department. See division (B)(2)(b)
  • Once approved, the test applicant must remain enrolled in school and maintain an attendance rate of at least seventy-five percent until either:
    • The test applicant passes all required sections of the GED® tests; or
    • The test applicant is eighteen years of age
  • If the applicant has not passed all four sections of the GED® three months from the initial test date, in order to receive approval to continue testing, the applicant must resubmit a current transcript reflecting an attendance rate of at least seventy-five percent.
  • The applicant shall be required to resubmit a transcript every three months thereafter until the applicant has passed all four sections of the GED® or the applicant is eighteen years of age
  • The consent form and good cause form and current transcript must be an original document and appropriately signed and submitted to the State of Ohio GED Office

#3 - Additional exceptions are granted as follows for applicants:

  • If a test applicant has a bodily or mental condition as described in division (A)(1) of section 3321.04 of the Revised Code that does not permit attendance at school
  • A test applicant is receiving or has completed the final year of instructions at home as authorized under division (A)(2) of section 3321.04 of the Revised Code
  • A test applicant is moving or has moved out of state after previously attending school in the state
  • The test applicant has an extreme, extenuating circumstance as determined by the department, that requires the person to withdraw from school
  • Current and valid documentation must be provided to the State GED Office for approval

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

Pursuant to 3313.617 ODE is charged with adopting a rule to define good cause and extenuating circumstances.


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?

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Last Modified: 1/8/2016 10:22:31 AM