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2014 GED Credentialing

    What is GED Credentialing™?

    Effective April 14, 2014, Ohio will transition its GED® credentialing process from the issuance of paper transcripts and GED® diplomas to a paperless electronic transcript system. As with any new process, there will be changes and questions. This FAQ will assist adult education administrators to prepare for this change.  

    GED Credentialing™ is a full-service program that Ohio will use to outsource all fulfillment requests for transcripts and diplomas. The service includes fulfillment for new graduates and historical requests dating back to 1947.

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    What does GED Credentialing™ mean for my program?

    GED Credentialing™ is an end-to-end service for Ohio’s GED® programs that eliminates the administrative burden of fulfilling requests for secure duplicate transcripts and diplomas.

    Free service: Ohio selected GED Credentialing™ as part of the 2014 GED® program. There is no additional cost for GED Credentialing™.

    Full-service  : Ohio’s contract with GED Credentialing™ will provide service for both first-time and historical transcript requests.

    Secure: GED Credentialing™ uses the services of Parchment, a secure, electronic transcript fulfillment for high schools nationwide.

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    What does GED Credentialing™ cost programs?

    GED credentialing services are completely free to Ohio’s GED® programs as part of the 2014 GED® initiative.

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    What does GED Credentialing™ cost students?

    Students receive their initial transcript and diploma for free after completing the 2014 GED® test. For each repeat or historical request, the individual or organization making the request (e.g. past student, employer, school, employment verification firm) pays a $15 fee.

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    Can a GED® program use GED Credentialing™ for new transcripts and diplomas only?

    No, GED Credentialing™ is an all-inclusive service. All must use GED Credentialing™ for both new and historical transcripts and diplomas.

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    Is my program required to use the service?

    Yes. Ohio has contracted with GED Testing Service to fulfill Ohio test-taker requests for the Ohio GED® diploma and the Smart Transcript from GED Testing Service.

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    Does GED Credentialing™ fulfill a national credential?

    No, GED Credentialing™ fulfills requests for Ohio’s GED® diplomas and the Smart Transcript from GED Testing Service. The Ohio Department of Education remains the issuing agency. The diplomas and transcripts feature Ohio’s official signatures and design.

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    Is GED Testing Service fulfilling the transcript and diploma requests in-house?

    No, GED Testing Service is partnering with Parchment, a secure, electronic transcript (eTranscript) exchange. For more information, visit http://www.parchment.com/.

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    What do test takers receive from GED Credentialing™ after they pass the 2014 GED® test?

    As soon as test takers pass the GED® test, they receive a secure, electronic PDF document delivered to their email address. The document will include their Smart Transcript and an electronic copy of their Ohio GED® diploma. A 2014 tester has an option of ordering a professionally printed GED® diploma free of charge.

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    What is a Smart Transcript?

    The Smart Transcript is an electronic transcript that not only provides an Ohio test taker’s scores, but also includes links to the GED Testing Service Web site with additional information regarding what the GED® test measures, what the scores mean, and what skills the test taker demonstrated on the test. This includes information about earning a GED® Passing Score and the GED® Passing Score with Honors.

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    Will historical requests also receive a Smart Transcript?

    GED® test takers will receive a Smart Transcript. GED Credentialing™ uses Smart Transcripts to fulfill all transcript requests, including historical requests. Smart Transcripts are customized based on the GED® test series and explain the scoring and types of content tested on the 2014 GED® test and older versions of the GED® test.

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    How do test takers request their historical transcripts?

    Test takers can sign in to the GED Credentialing™ Web site to easily and securely order their duplicate transcripts or diplomas. If a match is found in the database, your electronic transcript will be delivered on the same day. If a match is not found immediately, a manual search will be done. It may take a few days to fulfill the request. The test taker will be notified when this situation arises.

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    How far back in time does this historical information exist?

    With a few exceptions, GED Credentialing™ has Ohio test taker data dating back to 1947.

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    Can students send their transcript and certificate to colleges and employers?

    Yes, students can forward the free electronic transcript they received in their email inbox directly to potential colleges and employers.

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    Will the Ohio Department of Education continue to handle mailed requests for transcripts and diploma

    No. Effective April 1, 2014, all requests for duplicate transcripts and diplomas must be handled through GED Credentialing™. As a recipient of a GED diploma, your community college can sign up for Parchment’s FREE receive service to easily obtain the secure, electronic diplomas. Please visit http://exchange.parchment.com/highered-reg/ to learn more about the FREE service.

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    How does GED Credentialing™ access Ohio’s data and historical records?

    In order to fulfill historical transcript requests, GED Testing Service will work with Ohio to safely and securely acquire all student data including:

     

    - A copy of all electronic data; and

     

    - Original copies of all physical data (such as paper, microfiche or card stock).

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    Who owns Ohio’s data?

    Ohio owns all data. Parchment merely stores the data in order to fulfill transcript and diploma requests on behalf of the state. If Ohio should cancel its agreement with GED Credentialing™, GED Testing Service will return all data to the Ohio Department of Education free of charge.

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    How is Ohio’s data stored?

    All electronic data is stored through a secure website. Physical records are stored at a secured facility where requests will be sent for manual fulfillment.

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    Are the electronic transcripts and certificates secure?

    All Ohio GED® credentialing documents, including transcripts and diplomas, are secure. The electronic delivery system uses Parchment’s patented Blue Ribbon™ Security system, which is more secure than delivering a physical, paper copy.

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    What security system is used to protect the integrity of Smart Transcripts and certificates?

    GED Credentialing™ uses Blue Ribbon™ Security, a secure delivery system developed and patented by Parchment. Blue Ribbon™ Security guarantees the document sent to the recipient has not been altered. Each electronic transcript and diploma contains a diploma code, which is then validated against Parchment’s database to verify all content is the same as the original document that was sent out. The recipient can easily assess the integrity of a transcript or diploma by noting the presence of a blue ribbon indicating the document is authentic and trustworthy or a red X indicating the document has been altered.

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    Do colleges and employers know about the Blue Ribbon™ Security?

    Parchment currently works with more than 4,000 colleges. More than a third of all high school diplomas are delivered by Parchment using this security process. Ohio community colleges can sign up for Parchment’s FREE receive service to easily obtain the secure, electronic diplomas. Every electronic transcript will contain a cover letter explaining the Blue Ribbon™ Security to colleges and employers.

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    How does one of my students sign up or get more information about GED Credentialing™?

    If you or your students are interested in learning more about GED Credentialing™ and the Smart Transcript, contact your local adult education program or visit gedtestingservice.com/credentialing.

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General Questions

    What are the minimum scores required for earning an Ohio GED?

    There are new scoring requirements that an applicant must achieve to earn an Ohio GED®.

    GED Score Enhancements for the 2014 Computer Based Testing only: The new Passing Score will be 145. The new scores will be reflected in all test-takers ged.com accounts after March 1, 2016.

    The new GED® test will have a passing score of 145 for each subject.  See below for the full score scale:

    • Below Passing: 100 – 144
    • Passing Score: 145 – 164
    • GED® College Read: 165 - 174
    • GED® College Ready + Credit : 175 - 200

    Additional information can be found at: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/2014-faqs

    The four subjects tested on the GED® are Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA), Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. All tests are based on a 12th-grade curriculum, and are aligned with the CORE Standards.

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    Where can I find study materials for the GED®?

    GED® preparation materials are available in most public libraries, in many bookstores, in adult education centers (free classes), or on the Internet by doing a GED® search. 

    For more information about GED® preparation through the Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs, see the link above or call 614-466-5015 to find your closest ABLE/GED® program office.

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    What are the office hours for the State GED® office?

    Ohio's GED® office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customer service for phones are between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed on state holidays and week-ends.

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Application Questions

    Where can I get an Ohio GED® application?

    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

    Per HB 483 - Effective Date: September 17, 2014

    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

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    How much does the test cost?

    Beginning in 2014, the cost of the GED test is $120.

    What is the cost for retaking the GED test?

    GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

    • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
    • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test). This translates to a $10.00 cost to the test taker for the discounted re-takes
    • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply. For example, you don't pass Math and RLA and  you reschedule each separately so the discounted retest pricing will apply
    • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
    • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
    • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

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    How do I know if my GED® application is approved?

    Log into your account at www.ged.com .  If you have additional questions concerning your application/registration process, contact: 877.392.6433.

     

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Age Requirements

    What is the minimum age to take the Ohio GED?

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

    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 Equivalence 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 form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence 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 form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence 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 Equivalence Office.
    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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    You are at least 16 years of age, but less than 18 years of age –

    Per House Bill 113, Ohio Revised Code 3301.81 - Effective Date: Sept. 14, 2016
    Rule: Ohio Administrative Code 3301-41-01

    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 form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence 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 Equivalence Office.
    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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    You are 18 years of age

    Per House Bill 113, Ohio Revised Code 3301.81 - Effective Date: Sept. 14, 2016
    Rule: Ohio Administrative Code 3301-41-01

    • 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 form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence Office.
    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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    Exceptions to the age requirement

    Per HB 64 ORC 3313.617 - Effective Date: September 29, 2015 - Rule: OAC 3301-41-01

    (D) Notwithstanding divisions (A) and (B) of this section, a person who meets any of the following criteria shall be permitted to take the tests of general educational development:

    (1) The person 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.

    (2) The person is receiving or has completed the final year of instruction at home as authorized under division (A)(2) of section 3321.04 of the Revised Code.

    (3) The person is moving or has moved out of state after previously attending school in the state.

    (4) The person has an extreme, extenuating circumstance, as determined by the department, that requires the person to withdraw from school.

    (E) 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 who officially withdraws from school to take the tests of general educational development under this section as a dropout from the district or school in which the person was last enrolled.

    (F) If a person takes the tests of general educational development and fails to attain the scores required to earn a high school equivalence diploma, as defined in section 5107.40 of the Revised Code, on the entire battery of tests, that person shall be required to retake only the specific test on which the person did not attain a passing score in order to earn a high school equivalence diploma. If a person retakes a specific test, that person shall be responsible only for the cost of that test and not for the cost of the entire battery of tests, unless that person is retaking the entire battery.

     Form submission:

    1 – (D) (1) – Documentation stipulating a person has a bodily or mental condition as described in division (A)(1) of section 3321.04 of the Revised Code;

    2 – Documentation showing that a person has moved or is moving out of state;

    3 – Documentation showing extreme and extenuating circumstances

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

    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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Test Locations

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    Can I retake the GED® test if I do not pass?

    Yes. you are eligible for:

    • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
    • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test). This translates to $10.00 cost to the test taker for the discounted re-takes
    • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
    • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
    • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
    • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

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    How do I get an official certified copy of my GED® scores (transcript)?

    2014 - forward Computer Based Test Takers: As soon as the test taker passes the GED® test, a secure, electronic PDF document delivered to the email address entered in the system. The document will include a Smart Transcript and an electronic copy of the Ohio GED® diploma. A 2014 tester has an option of ordering a professionally printed GED® diploma free of charge.

    Test takers who tested prior to 2014 may order a transcript or diploma from www.ged.com. At the top of the page select the tab that states "Request Transcript". The system provides the following information as a drop-down request:

    *Completed GED® test on paper OR before 2014? Get Transcript

    *Tested on computer after Jan 1st, 2014? Login to MyGED®

     

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Out of State or Country Questions

    Can a Foreign Exchange Student take the GED® test?

    No, in order to take the GED® test in the state of Ohio an individual must be a resident of Ohio.

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    Can a person from out of state or out of country take the GED® test in Ohio?

    In order to take the GED® test in the state of Ohio a individual must be a resident of Ohio and provide a government issued, non-expired, identification at the time of testing.

    Acceptable government issued identification include:

    • Driver’s license
    • Learner’s permit
    • Passport
    • National, state, country identification card

    Please note that if your government issued identification does not include your Ohio address you must provide additional documentation listing your name and your Ohio address. Acceptable documentation includes:

    • Utility bill
    • Rental lease
    • Bank statement
    • Automotive registration

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