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2014 GED Credentialing

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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®.

    The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 for each subject. Therefore, students will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each subject and a total score of 600 or higher across all four subjects in order to receive the GED® test credential. Students may also earn an “Honors” score if they receive a score of 170 or higher on any subject. See below for the full score scale:

    • Below Passing: 100 – 149
    • Passing Score: 150 – 169
    • Honors Passing Score: 170 – 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, e-mail jgove@regents.state.oh.us.

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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.

    Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers in 2014 - FY16, June 30, 2016. Test takers must be an Ohio Resident and answer "yes" to receiving career and educational guidance from their local Career Technical Planning District (CTPD) Office.  Once the test taker contacts the CTPD Office, they 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.

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

    (A) A person who meets all of the following criteria shall be permitted to take the tests of general educational development:

    (1) The person is at least eighteen years of age.

    (2) The person is officially withdrawn from school.

    (3) The person has 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.

    (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.

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    You are at least 16 years of age, but less than 18 years of age –

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

    (B)

    (1) A person who is at least sixteen years of age but less than eighteen years of age may apply to the department of education to take the tests of general educational development, so long as the person has 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.

    In order to apply, the person shall submit, along with the application, both of the following:

    (a) Written approval from the person's parent or guardian or a court official;

    (b) The person's official high school transcript. The transcript shall include, at a minimum, the previous twelve months of the person's enrollment in a program approved to grant a high school diploma.

    (2) The department shall determine whether to approve or deny applications submitted under division (B)(1) of this section. The department shall approve a person's application only if the person meets both of the following criteria:

    (a) The person 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.

    (b) The person shows good cause, as determined by rules adopted by the department pursuant to division (B)(3) of this section.

    (3) The state board of education shall adopt rules, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, for the administration of division (B) of this section. The rules shall include what qualifies as good cause for purposes of that division.

    (C) If a person's application is approved under division (B) of this section, that person shall remain enrolled in school and maintain an attendance rate of at least seventy-five percent until either:

    (1) The person passes all required sections of the tests of general educational development; or

    (2) The person 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 eighteens years of age

    (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 for GED Testers ages 16 & 17

    1 – Original Consent Form signed and notarized from either the Parent, Guardian or Court Official

    2 – Current school year transcript

    3 – Good cause form

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

         *Copies of the Guardianship or Court documents must be included

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

    (A) A person who meets all of the following criteria shall be permitted to take the tests of general educational development:

    (1) The person is at least eighteen years of age.

    (2) The person is officially withdrawn from school.

    (3) The person has 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.

    (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.

    Age requirements:

    Form submission for GED Testers age 18:

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

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    Exceptions to the age requirement

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

    (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

Post Test Questions

    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)?

    Test takers who have tested prior to 2014:  Transcript/Diploma requests are still be received and processed in the State of Ohio GED Office until further notice. Click on the link for ordering a transcript/diploma and either mail in the request with a money order or create a SAFE account and order online with a Credit Card or Bank Issued Debit Card (no prepaid cards are accepted).

    2014 Test takers: 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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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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