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Official GED® Test 


NEW Ohio Official GED® Test At A Glance:

    • The test series has changed effective January 2, 2014, and is only given on a computer at an authorized computer based site. 
    • Tri-C Metro Campus, UTC building has an authorized Pearson Vue testing center.
    • Scores for the 2002 Series or prior will not carry forward to the new Test Series.
    • Parental Consent forms are still needed for computer based testing (Ages 16 & 17 only).
    • Age Waivers signed by the Superintendent of the last school attended are still needed for computer based testing (Ages 16, 17 & 18).
    • Complete the on-line application for the Official GED® Test through GED Testing Services by setting up a "MyGED" account.
    • GED® Test Vouchers are available through Authorized Career-Technical Planning Districts.

Official GED® Test Fees
The cost of the Official GED® Test is $120 (4 tests= $30 per test). The State of Ohio is issuing $80 vouchers through authorized Career-Technical Planning Districts to first time test takers.  Vouchers are requested through the application process. The voucher is valid for 120 days from the date it is issued.  Do not claim your voucher until you are ready to schedule your test. 

How To Sign Up For The Official GED® Test
When you are ready to schedule your test, follow the steps below to receive your voucher.

1. Set up a MYGED account with  GED Testing Service. You must have a valid email address.  Learn how to create an account here.

2. Follow the prompts after setting up your “MyGED” account until you get to a screen that asks if you are willing and able to participate in the voucher offer. 
To receive the voucher: You must answer “Yes” to participate.

3. To claim your voucher, contact an Authorized Career-Technical Planning Districts, such as Polaris Career Center or Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Cuyahoga County.  Vouchers are limited.  Tri-C does not issue vouchers.

Claim Your Voucher
To receive your voucher from Polaris Career Center, you can
1. Call 440-891-7647. Contact name Pam Wetherille
2. Email
ABLE@polaris.edu
3. Visit room 316A at 7285 Old Oak Blvd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130. (Call first)
For more information please visit the Polaris Career Center website.

To receive your voucher from Cuyahoga Valley Career Center call Ken Hudiak between 2:00-10:00 pm at 440-746-8210.

 

Using Your GED® Voucher
GED 2014 costs $120 (4 tests/$30 per test). Your voucher is worth up to $80. You can use all of it at once if you apply to take all four subject area tests at the same time. The cost to you for the full test is $40. 

$80 voucher + $40 your cost of entire test = $120 cost of entire test

If you schedule each test separately, you can use $20 from the voucher on each test. The cost to you for each individual test is $10. The maximum amount you’ll pay to take GED 2014 the first time with a voucher is $40.  

$20 voucher + $10 your cost for one test = $30 cost of one test

The voucher is for first time test takers only.  It is valid for 120 days from the date it is issued. Do not claim your voucher until you are ready to schedule your test. 

Age Requirements
 
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 require are: 

  • You are 18 years of age
  • You are 18 years of age and your class has graduated
  • You are 16 or 17 years of age

Have the Superintendent, Community School or STEM school principal (or designee) of the school district where you last attended complete and sign the GED® Age Waiver Form.  Applicants are required to submit the GED® Waiver Form annually (January-December).  If you are not successful on the GED® test during that calendar year, you will not be required to submit a new AGE Waiver Form with the second or third application.  

If you are 18 and your class has graduated, submit an Official School Transcript that your class has graduated along with your Age Waiver to the State of Ohio GED Office.  If you have been sworn into active military service in one of the armed forces, submit a sworn statement to the State of Ohio GED office giving the date of the swearing in ceremony.  (Delayed entry candidates do not qualify.)

If you are 16 or 17 years of age, a parent, guardian or court official must sign the GED® Parental Consent form along with the GED® Age Waiver Form.  Applicants are required to submit the Parental Consent Form annually (January-December).    

Age Waivers can be faxed to the State of Ohio GED by the Superintendent's office only; or they can be mailed to their office at:  25 S. Front Street, MS 106, Columbus OH  43215

Parental Consent Forms can only be mailed to the State of Ohio GED office at: 25 S. Front Street, MS 106, Columbus, OH  43215.  The form must be notarized and have original signatures.


 

 

 

For further information, visit the following websites: 
The Ohio Department of Education 
GED Testing Services


ABOUT THE 2014 GED® TEST
What is the test format?
What is the breakdown of the four tests by time and content?
Is keyboarding speed an issue? How does this influence test time?
Will there still be multiple versions (forms) of each subject test?
Can students take the same form of the test over again?
How hard is the test?
What is score for passing the GED® test?
Any word on scoring points for GED® vs. career- and college-ready pass scores?
Will the 2250 minimum score still be utilized for passing the GED® test?
Will the new scoring reflect whether or not students are college and/or job-force ready?
Will test takers still be able to schedule one test at a time on different dates?
Do students have to pay for all of the tests at once?
Can students still take tests separately on different dates?
If a student fails any one section of the test, he/she will have to take the whole test again, even the average of all sections is above the passing score? True or false?


What is the test format?

The test is only on a computer.

What is the breakdown of the four tests by time and content?
The GED® test will be about 7 hours with the timing for each subject area as follows:

The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 150 minutes and testing has three sections:
• Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
• Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
• Student break (10 minutes)
• Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content
*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.

The Mathematical Reasoning test is 90 minutes and is one single section.
• Part 1 – Calculators not allowed (five questions)
• Part 2 – Calculators allowed
Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.

The Social Studies test is 90 minutes and has two sections:
• Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
• Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test

The Science test is 90 minutes and is one single section. There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.

Is keyboarding speed an issue? How does this influence test time?
The time given is adequate for students to construct their answer and key in their response. Field testing has demonstrated that test-takers with minimal keyboarding skills have adequate time.

Will there still be multiple versions (forms) of each subject test?
Yes, the 2014 GED® test offers three forms in English and three forms in Spanish.

Can students take the same form of the test over again?
The system will have 3 forms of the test and make sure that a student does not take the same form twice. Please Note: Students can re-test on the same form after 60 days since the last test.

How hard is the test?
The test is aligned with today's high school standards. The difficulty level needed to pass the GED® test is the same difficulty level as needed to pass high school today.

What is score for passing the GED® test?
The new scoring system ranges from 100-200 points for each subject.  You must score at least 150 points in each subject to pass the Official GED® Test.  A score of at least 170 points for each subject indicates you are career and college ready.  There is no longer compensation between test subjects to offset lower scores on one subject with higher scores on another subject.

Any word on scoring points for GED® vs. career- and college-ready pass scores?
The scores for the GED® with Honors, representing performance consistent with readiness for career and college, were set at a scaled score of 170 on a scale of 100 to 200 for each content area test.

Will the 2250 minimum score still be utilized for passing the GED® test?
No. The test is based on a new scale of 100 to 200 points with a passing score of 150 points on each test content area. In 2014, test-takers will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each of the four content areas (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies) in order to be eligible to receive a high school equivalency credential. There is no longer compensation between the test content areas to offset lower scores on one test with higher scores on another test as there was on the 2002 Series GED® Test.

Will the new scoring reflect whether or not students are college and/or job-force ready?
Yes.  You must score at least 170 on each test to be college and/or job-force ready.

Will test takers still be able to schedule one test at a time on different dates?
Yes. Test takers can test on what they want, when they want, and where they want. This way they feel prepared every time

Do students have to pay for all of the tests at once?
GED Testing Service has no requirement that test-takers pay for all tests at one time. One of the advantages of the 2014 GED® program is the flexibility that it allows test-takers to register and take only the subjects for which they are prepared.

Can students still take tests separately on different dates?
Yes

If a student fails any one section of the test, he/she will have to take the whole test again, even the average of all sections is above the passing score? True or false?
False. If a test-taker obtains a passing score on one of the modules, he or she is finished with that module and need not take it again, even if other modules have not been passed and need to be retaken. Of course, if someone wishes to obtain a higher score and obtain feedback on his or her skills and competencies, there is nothing that prevents retaking the test, but that is certainly not required.

How to reach us

Paula Kertes
Director ABLE
ABLE/GED®/ESOL Programs

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