The GED Update page will provide the most up-to-date information concerning the State of Ohio GED Office.
Update as of 03/01/2017
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On June 14, 2016, Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law under Sub. House Bill 113 changes to the GED Office. The primary goal of these changes is to increase options for test takers. The law will not go into effect until Sept. 14, 2016. The changes are as follows:
- Allow the Ohio Department of Education to approve at least two nationally recognized high school equivalency tests. Testing assessments being considered: GED, HiSET and TASC;
- The Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma will be recognized as the Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalence as of Sept. 14, 2016. All previously awarded Ohio High School Equivalence Diplomas will still be considered valid; and
- 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- Officially withdrawn from school and has not received a high school diploma or honors diploma; and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. ConsentForm_SEPT16-1.pdf
- 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.
*16, 17 or 18 year old test takers must submit a copy of the withdrawal form signed by a school official.
Voucher code expiration date:
Extended through FY17 - June 30, 2017
Update as 03/01/2016
Changes to the Social Studies Extended Response Effective March 1, 2016.
GED Testing Service will be removing the Extended Response item from the Social Studies test. The testing time for the Social Studies test will be reduced by 20 minutes (from 90 minutes to 70 minutes) due to this adjustment.
The information provided can been seen on GED Testing Service Educator FAQ:
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.
GED® Score Enhancements Resources
GED Testing Service has recommended a recalibration of the GED® test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels. These enhancements have now been applied in most states and were made after extensive analysis of test-takers’ performance data from the past 18 months. Please use the resources on this page to learn more about the changes to the GED® program.
- The passing score for high school equivalency has moved from 150 to 145, for all test subjects.*
- The new “GED® College Ready” performance level (score of 165-174) signifies readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses.
- The new “GED® College Ready + Credit” level (score of 175-200) signifies that a student qualifies for up to ten hours of college credit.
- The GED® test continues to measure the problem solving and critical thinking skills valued by employers and necessary for adults to succeed in the workplace and career or college programs.
- In most states test-takers who scored between 145-149 on the GED® test prior to the new passing score recalibration will now be eligible for their state's GED® credential.*
*A few states are still evaluating the recommendations, or are working with policymakers to change state rules where applicable. These states require more time for consideration of approval, planning and implementation. Updates will continue to be added to this page as approvals and timelines for those states are determined.
Link to the GED Testing Service Press Release for the Score Change: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/uploads/files/3e0e64bd5744ed1d13874e3170b80b5c.pdf
GEDWorks is one indicator that national employers understand the value of the new GED program, which is focused on better preparing learners to compete in today’s job market and to successfully enter post-secondary education programs essential to most 21st century jobs. This effort also marks the first time national employers have banded together to support a program aimed solely at decreasing the number of adults without a high school diploma, an important step in improving the country’s economic competitiveness.
New partnership helps GED students look beyond testing with career path exploration
GED Testing Service and edtech startup PathSource have teamed up to pioneer a new direction for GED students that involves not only passing the exam, but also pursuing a clear career pathway at the same time.
After Sept. 29, every GED student will be given immediate access to this free service, which will seamlessly integrated into the MyGED student portal at GED.com, enabling adult learners to better understand and explore all the career pathways available using career assessment and a one-of-a-kind library of career information and videos. For information about PathSource, visit www.PathSource.com. To download the PathSource career exploration app, visit www.PathSource.com/app.
Updated Age Requirements
Per HB 113 ORC 3301.81 - Effective Date: September 14, 2016
*See sections: Applying for the GED, Consent Forms and FAQs
GED Testing Services has a new program called GEDWorksTM program.
WASHINGTON, DC— GED Testing Service has partnered with some of the nation’s largest employers and most recognizable brands— including Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers— to create GEDWorksTM, a comprehensive program free for employees who want to earn their GED credential. The GEDWorks program includes everything an employee needs to successfully prepare for and pass the GED test. Students are provided access to a GED advisor, online GED study material, connections to local adult education programs, practice tests, and more. GED advisors are a key element of GEDWorks and help guide, engage, and motivate students. GEDWorks also helps keep graduates moving forward after completing the tests by connecting them with college and career pathways tools on GED.com.
As of July 1, 2016, the expiration date for the GED voucher program has been extended over the next biennium. The new expiration date is June 30, 2017.
- Vouchers are for First Time Computer Based GED Test Takers only
- If you currently have a voucher, and have not completed all four sections of the test you can still use your voucher
- If you have not taken the 2014 GED Computer Based Test, create your account at www.ged.com. Answer "yes" to the Career & Educational Guidance and Voucher question. The system will direct you to the link for CTPD (Career Technical Planning District) Offices in your area. Contact the CTPD Office in order to receive a voucher
- Vouchers are for Ohio Residents only, and all testers must be an Ohio Resident
- Vouchers are good for the first full battery of tests only and must not be used for the re-test
- Test takers are only allowed to receive one voucher.
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 retakes
- 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
Last Modified: 3/1/2017 3:37:33 PM