Interested in Applying to take the High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam?

  • Find out how to apply
  • Reminder: All test takers for the GED® or HiSET tests must be an Ohio Resident.

On June 14, 2016, Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law under Sub. House Bill 113 changes to the High School Equivalency Office. The primary goal of these changes is to increase options for test takers. ORC 3301.80 and 3301.81 AND OAC 3301-41-01 The changes are as follows:

 Allow the Ohio Department of Education to approve at least two nationally recognized high school equivalency tests. The approved testing assessment companies as of 2017 are: GED and HiSET;

  • 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      • Officially withdrawn from school and has not received a high school diploma or honors diploma; and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.
      • Send all consent and withdrawal forms to: 
        • State of Ohio HSE Office
        • Ohio Department of Education
        • 25 S. Front Street, MS 622
        • Columbus, Ohio 43215

Last Modified: 1/12/2022 1:10:04 PM