Getting Your Ohio GED
A GED credential is recognized by most employers and colleges and helps prepare individuals for their profession of choice or college career. The GED test covers math, science, social studies, and reasoning through language arts (RLA) knowledge. The GED test cannot be taken online; however, residents of Ohio can register and pay the required testing fee online. The test will be taken via computer at an approved testing site. The steps for getting a GED in Ohio are outlined below.
Meet Ohio GED Eligibility Requirements
The state of Ohio requires that test takers be residents who are at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled in high school. However, the state does provide an exception for residents who are 16-17 years old. These applicants also cannot be currently enrolled in high school and must have written permission from their parents or legal guardians.
Complete the Ohio GED Registration Process
Individuals interested in taking the GED will need to go to the GED website and create an account. The complete battery of tests costs $120; however, those taking the test for the first time qualify for an $80 voucher to cover most of the test costs. Individuals should contact their designated Career Technical Planning District Office for their voucher code, which will expire at the end of June. Individuals who do not pass are eligible for two discounted retakes on each test subject. Retakes cost $10 each.
Residents who are 18 will need to submit proof of withdrawal for the current school year to the Ohio Department of Education. Those under 18 will also need to submit proof of withdrawal to the department, along with a notarized permission form signed by their parents or legal guardians.
Once test takers receive their voucher code, they will need to access their GED online account to enter the code and register for a testing session at an approved site.
Locate Ohio GED Testing Sites
The Ohio Department of Education has multiple locations that are approved testing sites. Individuals can visit the department website to find the closest testing center (www.education.ohio.gov).
Prepare for the Ohio GED
Test takers can prepare for the GED by enrolling in a free program called Aspire. It is offered through the Ohio Department of Higher Education at community colleges, public schools, and career centers. Instruction focuses on improving individuals' study habits and testing skills, and some institutions offer preparation classes online. Test takers will also be able to complete practice GED tests as part of the Aspire program. The Department of Higher Education provides a listing of Aspire programs located throughout the state.
In addition, test takers can utilize this online GRE Study Guide to prepare for the test. It includes video lessons for each of the four subject tests.
Understand the Ohio GED Scoring Process
Individuals must receive a score of at least 145 in each subject in order to pass the GED. For those who receive higher scores on a test, the state of Ohio recognizes the following categories:
- Individuals who score within 165-174 fall into the GED College Ready category. This indicates that they are prepared to enroll in college-level courses.
- Individuals who score within 175-200 fall into the GED College Ready + Credit category. Those within this category are eligible to receive as many as ten hours of college credit.
Get further details on what these scores mean with this overview of the GED Scoring Process.