Frequently Asked Questions about the GED Test

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  1. What is the GED?

  2. Who can take the GED?

  3. Am I ready to take the GED test?

  4. What is the Official GED Practice Test?

  5. Where can I take the GED?

  6. How much does the GED test cost?

  7. How can I get a fee waiver?

  8. Are accommodations available for GED test takers?

  9. Can I apply online?

  10. Where can I get help to prepare for the GED?

  11. How do I register to take the GED test?

  12. What is the waiting period before I can retest?

  13. How do I get an official copy of my GED transcript?

  14. In what order are the test subjects administered?


What is the GED?

It is a test that provides Ohioans who did not finish high school an opportunity to earn an Ohio Equivalence Diploma. Like a regular diploma, it provides the holder the opportunity to obtain employment, to apply for job advancement, or to pursue higher education goals.

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Who can take the GED?

Anyone who has not graduated from an accredited high school can apply to take the GED if they meet the age requirements as set forth by the state of Ohio. The age requirements can be viewed by clicking on this AGE REQUIREMENT link

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Am I ready to take the GED test?

You can take the Official GED Practice Test to determine your readiness to take the GED test. The Official GED Practice Test questions are similar to those on the GED Tests in content, difficulty, and format. The Official Practice Test is a good tool to help you decide whether you are adequately prepared to succeed on the actual GED Tests or whether you would benefit from additional study or practice. Our GED counselors will help you interpret your results to determine you next step.

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What is the Official GED Practice Test?

The Official GED Practice Test is a battery of tests similar to those on the GED Actual Test in content, difficulty, and format. It can only be given by a certified GED Practice Test examiner. Passing the Official GED Practice Test will no longer allow you to obtain a waiver from paying the fee charge for taking the actual GED Test. The test results will, however, give you information regarding your readiness to take the actual test. 

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Where can I take the GED Actual Test?

Click on this link to obtain locations and addresses of GED Actual Test.

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How much does the GED test cost?

The test fee is $40.00 (money order or certified check) and must accompany your application.  The money order or check is to be made out to Ohio Testing Services.  Those students who apply online will have an opportunity to pay with a credit card.  Those applicants who need to retake only certain sub-tests will be charged $10 for each sub-test.

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How can I get a fee waiver?

The fee waiver has been eliminated effective September 1, 2009.

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Are accommodations available for GED test takers?

Yes, click on this link for forms and further information.

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Can I apply online?

ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.

PAYMENT MUST BE MADE ONLINE WITH A CREDIT CARD.

You can apply online but must first "register with the State GED Office". This registration process requires that you have set up a "SAFE" or Secure Application For Enterprise account (also referred to as an ODE portal account). Have a valid e-mail address , your social security number and your State of Ohio Driver's License or State ID with you and click on this link below. You must click on the "I Agree" button at the bottom of the page to initiate the process.

https://webapp2.ode.state.oh.us/portal/signup/default.asp

After obtaining your SAFE account information (Account Name and Password) you can apply online. Click on this link below and then choose the GED Web Application Sign In link from the right hand column.

http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=684&ContentID=1375&Content=31533

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Where can I get help to prepare for the GED?

The Parma City Schools ABLE office offers GED preparation classes. Click on this link for more information.

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How do I register to take the GED test?

Click on this link for more information.   As of January 1, 2012, only online applications will be accepted.

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How do I get an official copy of my GED transcript?

In order to receive an official copy of your GED transcript, a written request must be sent to:

GED Transcript Office
25 South Front Street, 1st Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
Phone (614) 466-1577

If you took the GED test in Ohio and would like to have a copy of your official transcripts sent to a college, employer, or other institution, you must complete and submit an Ohio GED Transcript Request form. This form can be obtained from the Ohio Dept. of Education’s GED Transcript Office at (614) 466-1577 or from the following link on the Ohio Department of Education's website.

http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=684&ContentID=7287&Content=31529

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In what order are the test subjects administered?

The individual subject test that make up the complete GED are given in the following order:

Day One: Writing (Essay and Multiple choice) and Social Studies. Day Two: Mathematics (Part One with a calculator and Part Two without a calculator), Science, and Reading.

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