Ohio

Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in Ohio.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you need to submit a copy of the current withdrawal form signed by your administrator and a consent form signed and notarized by a parent, guardian, or court official. Copies of guardianship or court documents must be included. You can obtain your forms here.

If you are 18 years old, you are required to send a copy of the current year withdrawal form signed by your administrator.

Please send all forms to:

Ohio Department of Education

State Of Ohio GED Office

25 S. Front Street, MS 622

Columbus, OH 43215

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

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.

No, Ohio doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test.

Price & Payment

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

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

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Don’t have a credit or debit card? Some students use American Express Bluebird. Register for a free Bluebird card online and add funds with cash at a Walmart location. Learn more about Bluebird.

Test Retake Policies

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.  

You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.

In Ohio, there is a $10 test center fee for test retakes.

Transcripts & Diploma

Ohio has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

After passing the GED® test, you will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma.

Electronic Diploma and Transcript

The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your GED® account once you have passed all GED® test subjects and earned your diploma.

  • Links are only available for a limited time, so be sure to download your electronic documents right away.
  • Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials.
  • The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma

The printed diploma can be ordered in your GED® account at GED.com. After logging in, go to My Scores and select Order Duplicates. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option.

  • You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to.
  • The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used and can only be used one time.
  • Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

You can request your transcript and diploma here.

In Ohio the credential is called the Ohio High School Equivalency Diploma.

Other

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

Yes, in Ohio you can test in English or Spanish and you can combine tests from different languages to earn your credential.

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.

Sandra Phipps
GED Administrator
State Department of Education
25 South Front Street
First Floor, Mailstop 106
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
(614) 466-1577
(614) 752-9445 fax