Ohio GED Requirements

The state of Ohio uses the fully computerized GED exam for its high school equivalency testing program and additionally welcomed an alternative option for this purpose, the HiSET exam. Testing takes place at a level that compares to that of graduating high school seniors.

The Ohio High School Equivalency Test offers adults that could not finish their high school curriculum the opportunity to get hold of a credential that’s across the nation accepted in lieu of a common high school diploma. Both the GED® and HiSET® will lead to that diploma.

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Ohio GED testing requirements

  • You don’t already hold a secondary education degree (high school or equivalent diploma).
  • You are not engaged in any other school program.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Students 16 & 17 years old need to meet additional requirements. They must, for example, have parental consent and permission from their school boards.
  • There is no state residency requirement in Ohio.
  • You don’t have to register for a GED prep course first or reach satisfactory scores on the GED Ready® test.

Ohio GED online

GED testers can take the four separate GED subtests at one of Ohio’s official test centers or in an online proctored format. To qualify for online testing, however, they need to reach “green” (likely to pass) scores on the official GED Ready® practice test.

There is one GED Ready test for each of the four GED subject tests that can be purchased at the GED.com website at $6.99 each.

GED Scoring

The four GED tests are scored on a 100-200 scale:

  • Below Passing Score: 100-144
  • High School Equivalency Score: 145-164
  • College-Ready Score: 165-174
  • College-Ready plus Credit Score: 175-200

HiSET scoring

To pass the HiSET exam, you are required to reach a score of at least 8 (out of 20) on each of the five subject tests. Additionally, you need to attain at least a 45 total score and a 2 score on your essay.

Ohio GED price

The Ohio GED testing fee is $120 (for the entire computer-based GED exam, or $30 per subtest) when you sit for the exam at one of Ohio’s test centers. First-time test-takers in Ohio pay $40 for the full exam as the state subsidizes the rest.

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Taking the GED exam online, however, is a bit more expensive and will set you back $36 per subtest or $144 in total. First-time GED testers will, however, have to pay less. Bear also in mind that you’ll need to buy four GED Ready tests at $6.99 each so you may add that to your cost.

Ohio HiSET price

The computer-based HiSET exam costs $93.75 (for first-time testers: $13.75) while the paper-based HiSET exam costs $115 (for first-time testers: $35). Paper-based testing is (that goes without saying) only possible at test centers.

So the computer-based HiSET price is the same for online and on-site testing, but some additional fees may apply so get well-informed!

How do I prepare for the GED test?

In Ohio, there is no requirement to first take a prep course, but it is strongly advised to get optimally prepared by attending a prep class or signing up for a good online course. The GED and HiSET are really challenging exams so proper preparation is crucial!

All across Ohio, there are numerous facilities that offer prep classes where you have the chance to become perfectly prepared to take the four GED subtests or the five HiSET tests successfully.

Today, you can also find some well-structured online GED and HiSET prep courses, such as the ONSEGO GED Prep Course, that you can use to get all set from the comfort of your house or from wherever there is an internet connection.

The state of Ohio provides free GED prep classes to its residents through the ASPIRE program that’s available in all 88 counties.

What’s on the GED and HiSET tests?

The GED (General Education Development) exam includes four individual subtests or modules. The GED subtests are administered entirely on a computer. The four GED modules cover the academic fields of Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning (Math), Science, and Reasoning through Language Arts.

The HiSET comes with five tests as the part Literacy contains individual reading and writing tests. The HiSET tests can also be taken separately.

The GED exam is totally computer-based which, in a way, is pretty logical as all contemporary job openings will require at least basic computer and keyboarding skills. You just can’t do without anymore!