by Karen K.
Dropping out of school seems harmless as a young adult, but when the time comes to try to get a better job or to go into post secondary education, this is when many realize that without a diploma it is incredibly difficult. For some, earning a GED is an easy task; but for most, it is a struggle for many years to obtain one. Working full time, taking care of children, spouses, probation obligations, mental health meetings, etc., education becomes the last thing on a list of priorities. Most jobs require a minimum of a GED or high school diploma.
The Current GED Test
The current GED Test for the State of Ohio includes five subjects: Science, Social Studies, Reading, Math, and Language Arts Writing. A 450 average score with no subject below 410 earns a GED Diploma. The current cost is $40.00 and includes the diploma upon passing the test. Anyone can register for the GED Test by going to the Ohio Department of Education website and searching for GED to find the instructions to create a safe account, fill out an application, and pay for the test. No paper applications are accepted; applications must be completed online and the submitted page printed and mailed to the GED office address list on the site along with a money order (checks are not accepted).
After August 9, 2013 no one will be able to register for the current GED Test but will have until December 21, 2013 to take their GED Test at the current price. The state will be switching to a new, computer based GED Test beginning January 1, 2014. This test will be totally on the computer; it will combine the five current tests into four content based tests. The new test will cost between $120.00-$150.00 each. Each practice test (not required) will cost an additional $50.00, whereas it is free right now. Each diploma and set of transcripts will also cost a fee which hasn’t been determined yet.
What will the new test tell me?
The new GED Test is based on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Model instead of Bloom’s Taxonomy Model like it is now. They will be testing on Level 2-4 of this model which are Skill/Concept, Strategic Thinking, and Extended Thinking. Once the test is taken, two scores are given: one for high school equivalency/earn a diploma, and a second for College Readiness. These scores can then be taken to a college or career center.
How can I prepare for the current test?
Preparation for the current tests can be done by attending a local GED class. To find a local GED class, visit www.ohiohighered.org/able for a list of GED programs under the program directory. These classes are all free, thanks to state grant funding. After a GED has been earned, these programs can also assist with creating resumes for better jobs, entering post secondary school, or continued learning in the program.
A Teachers Advice
As a GED Teacher since 2002, I have had the privilege of seeing many of my students earn their GED. I also know as someone that is in the classroom teaching the subjects, earning a GED isn’t easy. It takes time and effort for someone to earn their GED. Students get frustrated, but it’s important to keep trying. Do not wait- each day you wait to take a class is a day you can’t move on to something new and better.