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All About the GED: Ohio

Adults who haven't finished high school and would like to take advantage of increased work opportunities should consider completing their secondary education. Ohio residents can earn the General Educational Development (GED) credential at several testing centers throughout the state.

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The GED Test in Ohio

The state of Ohio contains almost 100 GED testing centers and a number of adult education programs, which are overseen by the Ohio Department of Education (www.ode.state.oh.us). Those who pass the GED test in Ohio are awarded with an Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma.

What Is the GED?

The GED test is a timed exam that evaluates adults' knowledge of the subjects typically taught in high school. The test covers four subjects: Language arts, math, science and social studies. To pass, individuals need an overall score of 600 and a minimum of 150 on each section. Test takers can obtain an honors diploma if they score a minimum of 170 on each section.

Preparing for the GED Test

Ohio residents who wish to prepare for the GED test can take advantage of resources at their local community colleges, career centers and technology centers. Adults can also choose to study for the test at home by using resources available online or via television. Individuals can learn more about test prep options below.

Adult Education Centers

The state of Ohio offers over 50 different schools and adult education centers with GED preparation programs. In addition to classes and tutoring, these centers often offer the GED practice examination. GED students are advised to contact the preparation center nearest them for information on enrollment and class offerings.

The Public Library System

Ohio's public library system offers study materials for the GED for those who wish to prepare on their own. Students can review which libraries have the material they need by visiting the Ohio Public Library Information Network (www.oplin.org). Students might also be able to take interactive practice tests using library computers.

Televised Classes

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) offers GED preparation classes in Ohio. The PBS series for GED preparation offers a full spectrum of courses related to GED subjects. Since each PBS station is independently owned and operated, broadcast schedules and class offerings can vary from one Ohio location to another. To find a PBS station near you, visit LiteracyLink (http://litlink.ket.org).

Study Materials Available for Sale

Certain educational publishing houses have partnered with the GED to offer online and mixed media study materials for the GED exam. These types of study materials could benefit those students who learn better with a variety of materials. To see more information on this option, you can access the GED Market site (http://www.gedmarketplace.com). Preparation materials are also available at libraries, books stores and online. You can find a list of local resources on Ohio's Department of Education site (http://education.ohio.gov).

GED Testing

The application to take the GED test in Ohio can be found at the Ohio Department of Education's website under GED program information. Test-takers must be an Ohio resident. Once the application has been approved, the student needs to call one of the testing centers to set an appointment. Those who are 16-18 years old must have a GED Age Waiver form signed by the superintendent of the last school they attended and they must have withdrawn from school. Discounted retesting is limited to two times and must be taken within 12 months of the original test. Those who fail after two retests must wait 60 days to schedule another retest.

Students needing accommodations or non-English speakers can contact a GED testing center to make any requests. Ohio testing centers currently offer the exams in both English and Spanish. Those students requiring accommodations should request the forms through their adult education centers or the Chief Examiner of a GED testing site. Alternatively, students can visit the GED website to download the forms and instructions.

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