January 2015

Services · Education · Ohio High School Equivalency Tests

The Library supports community literacy by providing space for volunteer tutors, adult new reader materials, High School Equivalency study guides, and contact lists for literacy programs in our Adult Learning Center.

What is High School Equivalence?

Similar to a regular high school diploma, a High School Equivalence Diploma can be used to apply for jobs and promotions, pursue a college degree, or reach personal goals. The Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma has been recognized as the Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalence since Sept. 14, 2016. All previously awarded Ohio High School Equivalence Diplomas are still considered valid.

The High School Equivalence (HSE) office at the Ohio Department of Education offers three options for testing to earn High School Equivalency: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™. Click here for a side by side comparison of the tests and here for a list of approved testing centers.

  • The GED, which stands for General Educational Development, but is also referred to as a General Education Diploma, is a set of tests that when passed certify the test taker has met high school level academic skills.
  • The HiSET exam is a five-part test states use in the process of issuing a high school equivalency credential. The exam allows out of school youth and adults to show they have the same academic knowledge and skills as a high school graduate.
  • The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) was added to the list of high school equivalency exams for adults in Ohio.

HSE Practice Tests

  • The Testing & Education Reference Center has great practice tests and study guides for all three of Ohio’s High School Equivalency Tests – GED, HiSET and TASC. You'll need a library card number and PIN to sign in.

Ohio's Adult Diploma Program

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma and industry credentials aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs.

What makes this program different from a traditional high school setting is the delivery of instruction to adults. Instead of measuring academic achievement through clock hours, seat time or credits earned, the focus is on a competency-based approach that provides a self-paced option. Once competencies have been learned, adults then demonstrate mastery of skill. Each eligible adult works with the provider to create a customized student success plan.

22+ Adult High School Diploma Program

The 22+ Adult HSD Program helps adults earn a high school diploma. The program is free to adults who are over 22 years old, living in Ohio and do not have a diploma or a High School Equivalency credential.

Counselors work with the adult learners to develop individual plans to identify the courses and assessments needed to graduate and earn a diploma. Providers try their best to schedule instructional dates and times to meet the needs of adult learners.

Adult Education Classes in the Community

Need help studying? There are a number of Adult Education classes throughout the area, including those listed below.

GED Practice tests