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Vouchers can take sting from higher GED fee

Associated Press • Dec 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The GED test in Ohio is expected to cost $120 in January — triple the current cost — with the switch from a paper test to a computerized version.

Test-takers can get $80 in vouchers toward that cost if they first meet with a counselor at one of Ohio’s 91 career-technical district sites, The Plain Dealer reported. The program was allotted $4 million in the state budget.

“A lot of people take the GED because they want a better job,” Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton said. “If they are getting counseling to help with a résumé and learn about jobs, it helps”

The American Council on Education, which administers the GED, decided the test should reflect college-readiness standards.

The new test, which is scored immediately, contains sections on reading, math, science and social studies, each costing $30. The vouchers for test-takers who get career counseling apply $20 to each section, Charlton said.

People who have passed some but not all sections of the old test will have to start fresh with the new version, the newspaper reported.

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