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Cost of GED test to increase in 2014

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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.

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 resume and learn about jobs, it helps.”

Those who fail and must retake a section will be charged only $10, he said.

The GED is accepted as an alternative to a high school diploma.


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