Preparing for the High School Equivalency Test
Ohio Aspire programs provide FREE services to individuals preparing for the high school equivalency certificate. By enrolling in an Aspire program, you can develop study skills and test-taking skills. You can take practice tests to prepare for the exam. Ohio Aspire can also prepare you for entrance exams for career training programs and community college or university degree programs.
Ohio's HSE Test Options
The Ohio Department of Education has approved GED and HiSET to be the testing assessment companies for the High School Equivalency test for the State of Ohio. This has opened up the testing options to include both computer-based testing and paper-pencil testing throughout the state. While the test structures and scoring systems vary (see link below), passing either of the test options will earn the test-taker the Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalence. Both test options cover science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts (reading and language) while giving students who left high school before graduating an opportunity to earn a High School Equivalence Diploma that can be used to pursue career training and a college degree.
Test Cost (including pricing with the "first-time test taker" voucher which reduces cost by $80)
GED (Computer-based or Online Proctored tests) $120 – first-time tester pays: $40
HiSET (Computer-based test) $93.75 – first-time tester pays: $13.75
HiSET (Paper-based test) $115 - first-time tester pays $35
HiSET (Online Proctored test) $141.25 - first-time tests pays $61.25
Applying for HSE Testing
Once a student has determined which of the three options they wish to pursue, they will then go to that vendor's online portal to begin the application process. The Ohio Department of Education's Office of High School Equivalence has instructions for each of the vendors as they differ slightly.
Although HSE Testing is intended for adults 19 years old or older, there are exceptions for 16-18 year olds. Age Requirements can be found here along with the needed form for testers under 18 years of age.
Find answers to any additional questions about HSE Testing requirements.
You can also reach the Ohio High School Equivalence Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by regular mail at 25 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215, and by phone at 614-728-0795
Where do I take my HSE Test?
Find a HSE Testing Center
You will schedule your test through the vendor's online portal which will provide a list of testing locations nearest you.
Additional Testing 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 or HiSET search.
Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) provides free GED practice exams through LearningExpress Library. Registration is free for all Ohio residents.