The state of Ohio has introduced the new computer-based GED® exam to assess the high school equivalency level of its residents’ knowledge and there are numerous locations where you can get GED prep classes, often free of charge. You can also check our article about signing up for your GED exam with the My GED website.

Free ABLE program

The state of Ohio provides free GED prep classes to it residents through ABLE programs available in all 88 counties. But there is more, just check out the listing here to find all available opportunities in the region near you for help to get well prepared. These preparation classes will help you become all geared up to pass the GED exam at an Ohio GED testing site.

Better job and education options

If you never finished high school you should really think about getting your GED diploma as it will put you in the position to get a decent or better job, and the GED test will clear the way for a college education. Obtaining your GED diploma will surely improve your life.

Lowered passing score

GED preparation classes, organized to get you prepared to successfully take on the four GED tests, are offered all across Ohio. The publisher of the GED tests (GED Testing Service) decided to lower the required score for each of the four tests from 150 to 145 in early 2016 as the level appeared to have been set too high. Read more here.

GED prep classes in and around (select your nearest city):

Akron
Ashtabula
Canton
Chillicothe
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Dayton
Findlay
Lima
Lorain
Mansfield
Marion
Parma
Springfield
Toledo
Warren
Youngstown
Zanesville

 GED Ohio eligibility requirements

  • In Ohio, you need to be 19. For younger test takers (16, 17, and 18), there are special arrangements. You should contact a GED testing site in your area
  • Fee: $120 for the entire test (computer-based). First-time test takers $40 (the state will subsidize the test)
  • Re-testing is $30 per test section
  • There is no requirement to be an Ohio resident
  • You have not graduated from high school and do not attend another school activity

Ohio GED testing sites

Akron
Project LEARN of Summit Co | 2728 Euclid Ave | Cleveland | OH 44115 | (330) 434-9461
Alliance
Alliance Career Center | 530 N Lincoln Ave | Alliance | OH 44601 | (330) 829-2267
Archbold
Four Co. Career Ctr | 22-900 Rte 34 | Archbold | OH 43502 | (800) 589-3334
Ashland
West Holmes Career Center | 1783 State Rte 60 | Ashland | Ohio 44805 | (419) 289-3313
Batavia
U. C. Clermont College | 4200 Clermont College Dr | Batavia | OH 45103 | | (513) 732-5200
Bellefontaine
Ohio Hi-Point Career Ctr | 2280 Rte 540 | Bellefontaine | OH 43311 | (937) 599-6275
Canfield
Mahoning Co Career & Tech Ctr | 7300 North Palmyra Road | Canfield | Ohio 44406 | (330) 729-4100
Canton
Canton City Schools | 619 W Tuscarawas Street | Canton | OH 44702 | (330) 438-2559
Chardon
Geauga Educational Ctr | 470 Center St | Chardon | OH 44024 | (440) 279-1706
Chillicothe
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Ctr | 895 Crouse Chapel Rd | Chillicothe, OH 45601 | (740) 642-1359
Cincinnati
State Tech and Comm Coll | 3520 Central Pkwy | Cincinnati | Ohio 45223 | (513) 569-1831
Diamond Oaks Career Center | 6375 Harrison Ave | Cincinnati | Ohio 45247 | (513) 574-1300
Scarlet Oaks Career Center | 3254 E Kemper Rd | Cincinnati | Ohio 45241 | (513) 771-8810
Circleville
Pickaway Co Board of Education | 2050 Stoneridge Dr | Circleville | OH 43113 | (740) 477-2927
Clayton
Miami Valley CTC | 6800 Hoke Rd | Clayton | OH 45315 | (937) 837-7781
Columbus
Columbus State Community College | 315 Cleveland Ave | Columbus | OH 43215 | (614) 287-2733
Columbus City Schools | 2546 Sunbury Rd | Columbus | OH 43219 | (614) 365-5200
Coshocton
Central Ohio Technical College | 200 N Whitewoman St | Coshocton | OH 43812 | (740) 364-9676
Dayton
Daytona City Schools | 741 Washington Ave | Dayton | OH 45402 | (937) 542-7199
Delaware
Delaware Area Career Ctr | 4565 Columbus Pike | Delaware | OH 43015 | (740) 203-2267
Elyria
Lorain Co Comm College | 1005 N Abbe Rd | Elyria | OH 44035 | (440) 366-4012
Findlay
Owens Comm College | 3200 Bright Road | Findlay | Ohio 45840 | (567) 429-3547
Fostoria
Fostoria City Schools | 500 Parkway Drive | Fostoria | Ohio 44830 | (419) 436-4163
Fremont
Vanguard Career Ctr. | 1220 Cedar Street | Ste B | Fremont | Ohio 43420 | (419) 334-6901
Greenville
Greenville City Schools | 100 Green Wave Way | Greenville | OH 45331 | (937) 548-4188
Grove City
S.W. Career Academy | 4750 Big Run South Rd | Grove City | OH 43123 | (614) 801-3461
Groveport
EastlandFairfield Tech Career Center | 4300 Amalgamated Pl | Groveport | OH 43125 | (888) 482-9643
Highland Hills
Cuyahoga Comm College East | 4250 Richmond Road | Highland Hills | Ohio 44122 | (216) 987-3258
Hillsboro
Southern State Comm College | 100 Hobart Dr | Hillsboro | Ohio 45133 | (937) -393-3431
Ironton
Lawrence Co Joint Vocational School | 120 N 3rd St | Ironton | OH 45638 | (740) 532-4223
Jefferson
A-Tech | 1565 Rte 167 | Jefferson | Ohio 44047 | (440) 576-6015
Lebanon
Warren Co Career Ctr | 3525 North Street | Lebanon | Ohio 45036 | (513) 932-8145
Lima
Apollo Career Ctr | 3325 Shawnee Rd | Lima | OH 45806 | (567) 242-0456
Rhodes State College | 4240 Campus Dr | Lima | OH 45804 | (419) 995-8476
Lisbon
Columbiana Co Career Ctr | 9364 Rte 45 | Lisbon | Ohio 44432 | (330) 424-9561
Mansfield
Mansfield City Adult Education | 150 W Fifth St | Mansfield | OH 44903 | (419) 525-6380
Marietta
Washington Co. Career Center | 21740 Rte 676 | Marietta | OH 45750 | (800) 648-3695
Marion
Marion City School Administration Ctr | 910 E Church St | Marion | OH 43302 | (740) 223-4557
Massillon
R.G. Drage Career Ctr | 6805 Richville Dr SW | Massillon | Ohio 44646 | (330) 832-9856
Medina
Joint Vocational School | 1101 W Liberty Street | Medina | Ohio 44256 | (330) 725-8461
Middleburg Heights
Polaris Career Ctr | 7285 Old Oak Blvd | Middleburg Heights | OH 44130 | (440) 891-7750
Middletown
Middletown City Schools | 4420 Manchester Road | Middletown | Ohio 45042 | (513) 420-4520
Milford
Live Oaks Career Ctr | 5956 Buckwheat Road | Milford | Ohio 45150 | (513) 575-1900
Mt. Vernon
Knox Co Career Ctr | 306 Martinsburg Rd | Mt. Vernon | OH 43050 | (740) 397-5820
Nelsonville
Hocking Tech | 3301 Hocking Pkwy | Nelsonville | OH 45764 | (740) 753-3591
New Philadelphia
Buckeye Career Ctr | 545 University Dr NE | New Philadelphia | OH 44663 | (330) 339-2288
Newark
C-TEC Ad Education | 150 Price Rd | Newark | OH 43055 | (740) 366-2267
Norwalk
Norwalk City Schools | 134 Benedict Avenue | Norwalk | Ohio 44857 | (419) 668-2779
Painesville
Painesville City Schools | 58 Jefferson Street | Painesville | Ohio 44077 | (440) 354-5551
Parma
Parma City Schools | 5311 Longwood Ave | Parma | OH 44134 | (440) 885-8762
Piqua
Upper Valley Career Center | 8901 Looney Rd | Piqua | OH 45356 | (800) 589-6963
Plain City
Tolles Technical Center | 7877 Rte 42 NE | Plain City | OH 43064 | (614) 873-4666
Portsmouth
Shawnee State University | 940 Second St | Portsmouth | OH 45662 | (740) 351-3390
Ravenna
Maplewood Career Center | 7075 Rte 88 | Ravenna | OH 44266 | (330) 296-2892
Rio Grande
Buckeye Hills Career Center | 351 Buckeye Hills Rd | Rio Grande | OH 45674 | (740) 245-5334
Sandusky
Sandusky City Schools | 2130 Hayes Avenue | Sandusky | Ohio 44870 | (419) 621-2717
Smithville
Wayne County Career Center | 518 W Prospect St | Smithville | OH 44677 | (330) 669-7070
Springfield
Clark State Community College | 570 E Leffel Ln | Springfield | OH 45505 | (937) 328-7934
St. Clairsville
Belmont Tech | 120 Fox Shannon Place | St. Clairsville | Ohio 43950 | (800) 423-1188
St. Marys
St. Marys City Schools | 101 W South St | St. Marys | OH 45885 | (419) 394-4011
Steubenville
Eastern Gateway Comm Coll | 4000 Sunset Blvd | Steubenville | Ohio 43952 | (740) 264-5591
Toledo
Lucas Co. Education Center | 2275 Collingwood Blvd | Toledo | Ohio 43620 | (419) 245-3809
Van Wert
Vantage Career Center | 818 Franklin St | Van Wert | OH 45891 | (419) 238-5411
Warren
Trumbull Co Career & Tech Ctr | 528 Educational Hwy | Warren | OH 44483 | (330) 847-0503 x 1611
Washington Court House
Ctr For Economic Opportunity | 101 E East Street | Washington Court House | OH 43160 | (800) 752-5480
Xenia
Greene Co Career Ctr | 2960 W Enon Rd | Xenia | Ohio 45385 | (937) 372-6941
GreeneWorks | 581 Ledbetter Rd, Xenia | Ohio 45385 | (937) 372-6141
Youngstown
Youngstown City Schools | 200 East Wood St | Youngstown | Ohio 44503 | (330) 744-8715
Zanesville
Mid-East Career & Tech Ctr | 400 County Hwy 604 | Zanesville | OH 43701 | (740) 455-3111

If you have any questions, call Ohio’s state office at: (877) 644-6338

GED – How to start

When you are feeling ready to walk the GED path, remember the following guidelines: first locate your nearest GED preparation or test center. Check out testing dates and fees. Learn about their registration deadline policy, as this may differ. Become perfectly prepared. Your local bookstore can provide studying material, and there are quite some online preparation options, but probably the best help is offered at the many locations close to you where (mostly free) GED preparation classes are organized. Online prep courses offer a fine alternative as well. Get Prepared, Pass the Exam and Get your GED credential.

The four GED tests

The GED (General Educational Development) examination gives students who don’t have a high school diploma an opportunity to acquire a High School Equivalence certificate. The new GED exam includes four subject areas: literacy (writing and reading), social studies, science, and math, and the GED test is applicable for career development and college degree purposes. The GED test is now totally computer-formatted, but you need to report to an official testing site to sit for the exam. Please don’t forget to bring your valid photo ID every time you go to a GED test center.

One GED test at a time

The new GED exam in built up of four separate tests (modules) that can be taken individually within a time frame of two years. There no longer is the need to sit for the entire battery in one take.

GED and your future

Year after year, more than a half million adults successfully take the GED exam, and why don’t you become one of them! You will get better opportunities to secure a well-paying job, and you’ll be working toward a brighter future for your family too.

GED – What’s new

Recently (early 2014), the GED test has changed tremendously (in fact it was the biggest change since its inception some 70 years ago), and it hasn’t got any easier, but now you can be certain that the new GED test is aligned again with the needs of the workplace and the requirements of colleges and universities. The new GED exam must be done on a computer, most multiple-choice questions have disappeared, registration is done online (GED.com), and test results are available right away.