The test will now be going on computer
GED tests in Ohio will soon be computerized. The Buckeye State will become the 26th state to covert to an all-digital test.
The program will be piloted at five locations around the state: the Greene County Career Center, Owens Community College in Toledo, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Marion Technical College, and Belmont College in St. Clairsville. It will roll out statewide in January.
"The benefits include online scheduling and registration that will be available 24/7, more testing flexibility for the test takers - they can choose when and where to take their tests, plus it's some enhanced test security as well," said John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education.
Preliminary test results will be available immediately giving anyone taking the test the ability to move forward with job applications right away.
1.4 million Ohioans currently lack a GED or high school diploma. Last year, 20,275 in Ohio took a GED test, and 14,959 passed.
The downside is that the tests will cost more. The paper and pencil version costs $40 for all sections. The computer version will jump to $120.
Anyone taking the multi-part test now should finish it up before the change over. Charlton says if you started the test on paper and don't get it completed by the time it goes digital you'll need to start over.