Vouchers can take sting from higher GED fee

Ohioans without high school diplomas will have to pay more next year to take a test for an equivalency certificate but can receive vouchers toward that expense if they get career counseling beforehand at certain sites.
Associated Press
Dec 29, 2013
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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donutshopguy

Guess what would take the sting of GED costs?

Graduating from high school when the education was free.