COLUMBUS: The cost for people without high school diplomas to take a test for an equivalency certificate is expected to triple within the next year, and that has some Ohioans worried about its affordability, especially for potential test-takers working lower-paying jobs.
The fee will be about $120 when a computer version replaces the paper version of the General Educational Development, or GED, test by 2014, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
About 25,000 people in Ohio are expected to take the test during the next year.
State education officials said they can’t influence the test cost because the American Council on Education, the Washington, D.C., nonprofit that owns the GED, is partnering with a for-profit company called Pearson Vue Testing, and they’ll control the price.
“They’re a private corporation,” said Sharon Bowman, state GED administrator for the Department of Education. “They set the cost.”
Officials with the American Council on Education could not be reached immediately for comment.
States could instead choose to develop their own tests, but that would take funding and time and raise the possibility that some colleges wouldn’t recognize it.