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GED Test Description
The General Educational Development (GED) diploma was developed to help adults who do not have a high school diploma. To earn a GED, adults must take and pass a 5-part test If you earn a GED it is recognized nationally by schools, training programs, and employers as EQUAL to a high school diploma. The GED Test in Ohio is administered by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). For more information about the test, please visit the ODE website.
New in 2014: The GED Test will change in 2014. To find out how this affects you, click here.
What is the GED?
The GED Test is a set of tests that cover five areas: Writing, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. The full test takes approximately 7 ½ hours to complete.
Does it cost money to take the test?
Yes. The Ohio Department of Education charges $40 to take the full test.
I thought you could get a Fee Waiver and take the GED test free?
That was true until September of 2009. Beginning then, the Ohio Department of Education changed their policy, and they now charge $40 to take the full test and $10 to take individual tests.
How do I prepare to take the test?
There are several ways to prepare for the test. A number of Study Guides are available if you want to brush up on your own. There are many websites that also have practice items available, but you do not have to pay to prepare to take the test. The Adult Basic and Literacy Education program is here to help you prepare with our Free GED/Basic Skills Classes.
Do I have to register to take the test?
Yes. You have to register online with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
How soon can I take the test?
When you’ve registered and paid for your test online, it takes 24 hours to be able to schedule your test.
Where is the GED test given?
There are dozens of test sites in the state of Ohio and you can schedule your test online at any testing center that is convenient for you.
Do I have to take the GED test all in one day?
No. Many test sites offer the test in two 4-hour sessions.
I have disabilities. Can I get special accommodations?
If you have a documented disability (physical, learning, or psychological), you can apply to receive testing accommodations. Our teachers and staff can help you navigate this process.
Can I just take a GED Practice Test?
When you finish Orientation, that may be an option. Your test scores will help determine that.
What if I don’t pass all sections of the GED?
You can retake any sections you fail. You have to achieve a minimum score of 410 points on every test, AND your average score on all five tests has to be 450 in order to pass.
Can I just skip classes and go and take the GED test?
Yes. We don’t recommend it, but you can do that. We find that some preparation helps, even if it’s just getting used to how the test is formatted. The decision is up to you.
Do you have Questions?
Email us at ABLE@polaris.edu
Call us at 440.891-7647 or 330.721.0277
In Medina County, call us toll free at 866.896.6222, ext 230