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Aspire/GED

Come join us for this FREE class — learn at your own pace! Improve your reading, writing and math skills to prepare for entrance exams and job training courses, help children with homework, prepare for the official GED test or improve job skills for advancement and college entrance exams. From the basics of beginning reading and simple addition through the requirements for an Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma (GED), the Aspire Program provides learning programs designed and paced for each student's needs. Individual or small-group computer instruction and distance learning options are designed to help participants meet their educational goals. Aspire/GED Practice Testing is held throughout the year. Students who have not participated in Aspire/GED classes within the last six months are required to attend an orientation.

To sign up for orientation, schedule an Official Practice Test or to register for classes, call (440) 774-1051 ext. 22254. Evening classes are available.

Testing Information

The GED is designed to measure the skills and knowledge similar to a typical high school curriculum.  Successful GED graduates earn a GED credential.  The test is computer-based and divided into four parts:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts – 150 minutes
  • Mathematical Reasoning – 90 minutes
  • Science – 90 minutes
  • Social Studies – 90 minutes

Students can take one part at a time, or as many parts at once as they choose.  The test is offered in both Spanish and English.

The test must be taken at an official GED testing center.

The cost of the test is $120 or $30 per section.  First time test-takers are eligible for an $80 GED test voucher.  If you choose to take the test segments separately, you can use $20 of the voucher for each segment of the test. 

In order to receive the voucher, you must follow the steps below PRIOR TO SCHEDULING YOUR TEST.  The voucher is only valid for 120 days – so be sure you are ready before following the steps below.

To take the Ohio High School Equivalence tests, an eligible applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A test applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A test applicant must be officially withdrawn from school.
  • A test applicant may not have received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • A copy of the withdrawal form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence Office.

Test applicants who are a minimum age of 16 years, but less than 18 years of age may apply under the following criteria

  • A test applicant must be officially withdrawn from school
  • A test applicant may not have received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • A copy of the withdrawal form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence Office.
  • A test applicant must provide written approval from the parent, guardian or court official.
  • A signed and notarized consent form must be submitted to the State of Ohio High School Equivalence Office.

How to Claim a Voucher for the GED

Step One: Set up an account with GED Testing Service by clicking the link below.  Your voucher alert will appear on the home page (they call it the Dashboard).    This is your MyGED account.  Once you’ve set up your MyGED account, you will be prompted to a screen asking if you are willing and able to participate in the voucher offer.  Click “Yes”.

GED Testing Service 

Step Two: Contact an authorized Career-Technical Planning District, such as the Lorain County JVS to make arrangements to receive your voucher.  You can get help at the JVS by contacting Betty Rodriguez, Adult Education Administrative Assistant at (440) 774-1051 ext. 22254 (after 5 p.m. for direct contact), Lorain County JVS,15181 State Route 58, Oberlin, OH 44074.

Remember – the voucher is only valid for 120 days from the date issued – be sure you are ready to take the test before you claim your voucher!

For a list of Career-Technical Planning Districts, you can visit the Ohio Department of Education Home Page.

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