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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Ohio, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 years old.

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

To take the Ohio GED® test, you must be officially withdrawn from school and be 19 years of age or older. Exceptions to the age requirement are as follows:

Form submission for GED® test-takers ages 16 & 17, which includes Home-School students which are not affiliated with publicly funded online schools, ex. ECOT, K-12, Ohio Virtual Academy and related schools:

  1. A copy of the current year withdrawal form signed by the administrator; and
  2. Original Consent Form signed and notarized from either the Parent, Guardian or Court Official

*Copies of the Guardianship or Court documents must be included

Form submission for GED Testers age 18:

  1. A copy of the current year withdrawal form signed by the administrator

All forms must be mailed to: Ohio Department of Education, State Of Ohio GED Office, 25 S. Front Street, MS 622, Columbus, OH 43215

Click here to obtain your forms.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Ohio doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Ohio to take the test?

Yes, you are required to be a resident to take the test in Ohio.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For Ohio: You are required to be a resident to take the test in Ohio.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Ohio charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

Ohio provides first time 2014 computer based GED® test takers a voucher worth up to $80. To be eligible to receive the voucher, participants must contact a Career-Technical Planning District (CTPD) for career and educational guidance prior to scheduling and paying for the 2014 Computer Based GED® test. The purpose of this career and educational guidance is to provide information about additional career and educational programming to help participants to transition into postsecondary education, training and employment.

For more information, click here

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

 

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Ohio you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For Ohio: You are required to be a resident to take the test in Ohio.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Ohio there is no time limit to finish all four subject areas.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Ohio, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.  

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Ohio, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Ohio’s state office at (877) 644-6338.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (877) 644-6338 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Ohio’s state office at (877) 644-6338.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Ohio you don’t have a time limit to complete all four content areas of the GED® test. 

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

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.

$10 or $15 each transcript
$25 each diploma

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Ohio the credential is called the Ohio High Schol Equivalence Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Ohio you can take the GED® test in Spanish. 

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Ohio’s state office at (877) 644-6338.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in Ohio.

Questions? Please contact Ohio’s state office at (877) 644-6338.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Ohio residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test. You can combine different language versions of the test to earn your credential.

Questions? Please contact Ohio’s state office at (877) 644-6338.

Does Ohio have any requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Ohio.