The GED® Test provides many Ohioans who did not finish high school an opportunity to earn an Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma. Like a regular high school diploma, the GED® diploma gives the diploma holder the opportunity to obtain employment, to apply for career advancement, to pursue higher education goals, or to reach a personal goal. Earning a GED® High School Equivalence Diploma is something to be proud of!
Coming in 2014! The current 2002 series is scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2013. If you have not passed one or more 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.
Current Test Series! The GED® application test fee for all first-time test takers for the Paper-based Test (PBT) is $40. Re-testers will be charged $10 per subject test being retaken, up to a maximum of $40. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The GED® office does not notify applicants when GED® applications are approved. Please contact your test center 7-10 business days after you submit your application OR go online through your SAFE account to determine if you are eligible to schedule your test. Re-testers must contact a test center in order to schedule the test.
|The last day to place an application for the Paper-based Test (PBT) is Aug. 9, 2013. All fees and documentation (accommodations, parental consent form and/or age waiver if required) must be in our office by Aug. 9, 2013. All paperwork received after this date will be returned to the applicant.
|The last day in the State of Ohio for Paper-based Testing is Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 (based on each test center's schedule). NO TEST CENTER is permitted to test beyond that date!!
What is the minimum age to take the Ohio GED®?
In order to take the Ohio GED®, an applicant must be at least 19 years of age, unless the applicant is between the age of 16-18 and qualifies for one of the age exceptions listed in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) §3301-41-01. To see the GED® Age Requirements, use the left navigation bar to return to the GED® page and then click on GED Age Requirements or refer to the GED® application form.
Where can I get an Ohio GED® application?
The Ohio GED® application can no longer be downloaded from this Web site. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, only online applications will be accepted.
Before taking your GED® test, you must first complete and submit your online GED® application with payment to the State GED® Office. You can pay for your test online with a credit card, OR, you may download the confirmation page and mail it, along with your payment* to the State GED® Office. Make money orders/business checks payable to the Ohio Testing Services. Send your confirmation page and payment to: State GED® Office, 25 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215. Your payment is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
*Payment options: Money order or business check (payable to Ohio Testing Services), VISA, MasterCard or debit card. No gift cards, pre-paid cards or personal checks are accepted.
To apply online, click here for the GED® Web Application Sign-In.
How do I know if my GED® application is approved?
Contact your local test center or check your online SAFE account. The State GED® office does not provide notification.
What are the minimum scores required for earning an Ohio GED® High School Equivalence Diploma?
There are two scoring requirements an applicant must achieve to earn an Ohio GED®.
- The applicant must earn a minimum total score of 2250 points; and
- The applicant must earn a minimum sub-test score of 410 points on each of the five subjects.
NOTE: Earning 410 points on each of the sub-test subjects does NOT meet the minimum total score requirement of 2250 points.
The five subjects tested on the GED® are Language Arts-Writing, Language Arts-Reading, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. All tests are based on a 12th-grade curriculum.
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 additional preparation information, use the left navigation bar to return to the GED® page and then click on GED® Preparation Classes.
For more information about GED® preparation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get an official certified copy of my GED® scores (transcript)?
The State GED® Office is the only office that can issue an official GED® transcript of scores earned on the Ohio GED®. To order a transcript online, click here to access your SAFE account. To print a copy of the form needed to request a transcript, click here. After completing this form, applicants must attach the proper payment amount (money orders only) and send both items to the address shown on the form.
Can I retake the GED® test if I do not pass?
Yes. Applicants who do not earn a GED® may retake the after the date printed on the score report they receive in the mail. It is important for applicants to be prepared when they retest, since they can only take the GED® three times in any one calendar year. To issue an Ohio GED®, the GED® Office uses the highest sub-test scores earned on all GED® tests taken beginning Jan. 1, 2002. Therefore, the highest score earned will remain the same or increase; it cannot be lowered.
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.
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 GED® Age Requirements.
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.
Still have questions about the Ohio GED®?
For more information about GED® testing and scoring, contact the GED® office.
State GED® Office
25 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(877) OHIOEDU / (877) 644-6338 (Toll-Free)