The GED Diploma

Another Chance to Get on Track

The General Educational Development (GED) Test gives students who left high school before graduating an opportunity to earn a High School Equivalence Diploma. The GED Test covers five subjects: writing, reading, social studies, science, and mathematics and can be used to pursue career training and a college degree.


Preparing for the GED Test

Ohio ABLE programs provide FREE services to individuals in all 88 counties of the state. By enrolling in an ABLE program, you can develop study skills and test-taking skills. You can also study math, English, writing and reading, and take FREE practice tests to prepare for GED graduation and entrance exams for post-secondary career training programs, and community college or university degree programs.

Look at the program list by county to find an ABLE program near you.


Applying for the GED Test

GED.jpgAlthough the GED Test is intended for adults 19 years old or older, waivers of the age requirement are available in Ohio if the applicant is between 16 and 18 years old and not enrolled in a high school program.  

Ohio Department of Education: GED Information
Applicants must apply to and be accepted by the State GED Office. The Ohio Department of Education provides comprehensive information on the GED, including age and fee waivers, preparation classes, transcripts and diplomas, and other useful details.

Ohio Department of Education: Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to any additional questions about GED requirements.

Ohio Department of Education: Applying for the GED
The new computer-based test in 2014 will cost $120. Ohio’s new state budget will keep the test cost at $40 for first-time GED test takers in 2014..

You can also reach the Ohio GED Office by email at, by regular mail at 25 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215, and by phone at 614-466-1577.


Where do I take the GED Test?

Find a GED Testing Center 
After your application to take the GED Test is approved, use this link to find an Ohio test center near you.


Additional GED Test Resources

A number of study guides are available and can be found in most public libraries and bookstores, in adult education centers, and on the Internet by doing a GED search.

LearningExpress Library
Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) provides free GED practice exams through LearningExpress Library. Registration is free for all Ohio residents.