GED Preparation

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.

Look at the interactive map or program list by county to find an Aspire program near you! Get started to a better future!

Information on New Testing Options in Ohio (Updated)

Applying for the GED® Test

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 four subjects: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, social studies, and science and can be used to pursue career training and a college degree.

GED.jpgAlthough the GED Test is intended for adults 19 years old or older, there are exceptions for 16-18 year olds. Age Requirements can be found here:

Ohio Department of Education: GED Information
Applicants must apply to  The Ohio Department of Education provides comprehensive information on the GED, including a how to register guide, age requirements, consent forms, 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.

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 
You will schedule your GED test at a test center location during the registration process at

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.