GED FAQs

Important

The current 2002 series has ended on Dec. 31, 2013. If you did not pass all parts of the 2002 series, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, you will need to take the entire test and pass to receive your GED. Prior scores will not be counted. The cost of the GED test in 2014 is $120.

Find out more about the changes.

 

2014 GED Credentialing

General Questions

Application Questions

Age Requirements

Test Locations

Post Test Questions

Out of State or Country Questions


2014 GED Credentialing

    What is GED Credentialing™?

    Effective April 1, 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 and continue to fulfill historical requests themselves?

    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 diplomas?

    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 5 p.m. Walk-in customers must check in at the ODE Security Desk by 4:00 p.m. The office is closed on state holidays.

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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
    • Parental Consent forms are still needed for computer based testing (Ages 16 & 17 only)
    • Age Waivers signed by the Superintendent of the last school attended are still needed for computer based testing (Ages 16, 17 & 18)

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    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 @ www.ged.com http://www.gedtestingservice.com/uploads/files/53ce363dfa27d3efab66a40c2c8a9d1e.pdf
    3. Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers in 2014. 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 is only good for 120 days from date of issue.

     

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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. 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 is only good for 120 days from date of issue.

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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, you must be officially withdrawn from school and be 19 years of age or older.

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    You are 18 years of age

    Have the Superintendent, Community School or STEM school principal (or designee) of the school district where you last attended complete and sign the GED® Age Waiver Form. Attach the form from your online application to your confirmation page and mail it to our office. Applicants are required to submit the GED® Age Wavier Form annually (January - December). If you are not successful on the GED® test during that calendar year, you will not be required to resubmit a new Age Waiver Form with the second or third application.

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    You are 18 years of age AND your class has graduated

    Attach an Official School Transcript to your application to show that your class has graduated. If you have been sworn into active military service in one of the armed forces, attach a sworn statement to your application giving the date of the swearing-in ceremony. (Delayed entry candidates do not qualify.)

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

    Have the Superintendent, Community School or STEM school principal (or designee) of the school district where you last attended complete and sign the GED® Age Waiver Form. A parent, guardian or court official must sign the GED® Parental Consent Form. Applicants are required to submit the GED® Age Wavier Form and Parental Consent Form annually (January - December). Attach the forms from your online application to your confirmation page and mail them to our office. If you are not successful on the GED® test during that calendar year, you will not be required to resubmit a new Age Waiver Form and Parental Consent Form with the second or third application.

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Test Locations

Post Test Questions

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

    Yes. You may only test three times per each subject. If after the 3rd attempt and a test taker has not passed the GED® they must wait sixty days before being allowed to re-test. If the test taker does not pass the after the 4th attempt, the test taker must wait an additional sixty before re-testing.

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

    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?

    Yes, if they are 19 years of age or older. However, 16, 17 and 18-year-olds must meet all Ohio Department of Education age requirements. Read the frequently asked questions if you have additional questions about age requirements. 

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

    Yes. Any person can take the GED® test in Ohio if he or she has a valid driver license from any state or a passport. Before registering for the GED® test, the student must apply and pay the $40 application fee.

    Each non-Ohioan that passes the GED® test will receive an Official GED® Transcript. They will not receive a diploma. Students may use the Official GED® Transcript as proof of passing the GED® test, which is equal to having a high school diploma.

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Last Modified: 3/26/2014 12:56:48 PM