The Ohio GED

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The Ohio GED is a stepping-stone towards a better future; with it, you can possibly earn a higher wage, attend a college or university, and have a sense of accomplishment. This article answers many questions you may have about the OH GED.
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What is the Format?

You are tested on four subject areas in the GED exam:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning through Language Arts

The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. On the mathematics exam, you will only be allowed to use a calculator for the one part of the subtest. In total, the GED exam takes about seven and a half hours to complete.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

To pass the GED exam, you need a minimum score of 150 on each of the four subject area tests.

If you do not pass, you may retake a section of the exam 2 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

Who is Eligible?

Ohio requires test-takers be residents of the state and at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled in high school. Individuals who are 16 or 17 may be eligible for the exam provided certain criteria are met. The GED Testing Service website ( has links to each state's specific age requirements.

How do I Register and What Does it Cost?

Registration for the exam is completed online at In Ohio, the fee is $30 for each of the four subject area tests.

How do I Prepare?

There are many ways to prepare to take the GED exam. For example, the GED Testing Service offers a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation material. Test preparation centers in Ohio can also provide instruction to help you prepare. Ohio's Department of Education website ( provides a list of the state's official test prep locations. You may also find GED preparation books at local libraries or book stores; however, you will need to make sure the prep material is current to the latest version of the GED exam.

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