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The Library has partnered with Owens Community College and Penta Career Center to provide High School Equivalency (HSE) (previously GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes across the community.

Owens Community College

WHO: Adults wanting to get an HSE/GED diploma.

WHAT: Tuition-free HSE/GED classes where students work at their own pace until they are ready to take the test. Face-to-face and remote learning options are available. Once enrolled, students will attend a two-day, in-person orientation.

WHEN: HSE/GED classes are available Monday through Thursday in the morning, afternoon, and evening, depending on the location.

Owens Community College HSE/GED Class Schedule


  • Lagrange: (M) and (W) 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Locke: (M) and (W) 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Kent: (M) and (W) noon – 4 p.m.
  • Heatherdowns: (Tu) and (Th) noon – 4 p.m.


  • Go to owens.edu/ccr.
  • Fill out the Student Registration and Release of Information Form.
  • Submit the form and someone from Owens’ Career Readiness Center will be in contact to schedule the New Student Orientation.

Questions or concerns? Contact Owens Community College by phone at 567.661.2227 or visit owens.edu/ccr.

Penta Career Center

WHO: Adults wanting to obtain an HSE/GED diploma.

WHAT: Free in person and online year-round HSE/GED classes. The program is self-paced and students continue with classes until they earn their HSE/GED diploma. Orientation is the first full week of each month and classes take place two days a week.


  • Kent: (Tu) and (Th) 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Main Library: (Sa) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Maumee: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Mott: (M) and (W) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Oregon: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Reynolds Corners: (M) and (W) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Toledo Heights: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • West Toledo: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Washington: (Tu) and (Th) 4 – 8 p.m.


Additional information is available at pentacareercenter.org/ASPIRE.aspx.

Washington Branch
Mondays, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
For more information call 419.824.8539.

Thursdays, 10 – noon
For more information call 419.824.8539.
Effective January 11, 2021, online proctoring is available for the High School Equivalency Program. The same guidelines are applicable for in-person proctoring.
  • All test takers must be Ohio residents, and are eligible for one voucher code per vendor;
  • Age requirements for test takers 16, 17, and 18 years of age remain the same; and,
  • Test takers who wish to take the GED Online Proctored (OP) exam, must take and pass the GED Ready. There are no discounted retakes for the OP exam.
Reminder: All test takers for the GED® and HiSET must be an Ohio resident.
Steps to apply for the GED® Test:
  1. Create an account on the GED® website.
  2. Contact your local Career Technical Planning District (CTPD) Office in order to receive a state voucher code. Voucher codes are available and expire June 30, 2023.
  3. Test takers who are 18 years of age must submit a current school year withdrawal form signed by a school official to:
    • State of Ohio HSE Office
    • Ohio Department of Education
    • 25 S. Front Street, MS 622
    • Columbus, Ohio 43215
  4. Test takers who are 16 – 17 years of age, must submit a current school year withdrawal form signed by a school official and the Department of Education signed/notarized parental consent form to:
    • State of Ohio HSE Office
    • Ohio Department of Education
    • 25 S. Front Street, MS 622
    • Columbus, Ohio 43215
  5. Once the withdrawal form and/or parental consent form have been received by the office, the age approval will be entered into the GED® system.
  6. Test takers will log back into their GED® account and complete the application process by scheduling the test, entering the voucher code, and making the payment.
The Test Series has changed effective January 2, 2014, and will only be given on computer at an authorized Computer Based Site. Scores for the 2002 Series or prior will not carry forward to the new Test Series.
GED® Fees
In-person testing: $120 ($40 with voucher)
Online proctoring: $144 ($64 with voucher)
Voucher codes are available by contacting one of your local Career Technical Planning Districts Offices http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/HSE-CTPD
Test takers: must be a resident of Ohio. Only first time test takers are eligible for a voucher code. All voucher codes expire on June 30, 2023.
There are new scoring requirements that an applicant must achieve to earn an Ohio GED®.
As of January 26, 2016, the passing scores has been recalibrated with a new scoring requirement. Test-takers from January 1, 2014 to current will be incorporated into the new scoring requirement, and should have received an email from GED Testing Services. The new scoring will update in the GED Manager system effective March 1, 2016.
  • The passing score for high school equivalence has moved from 150 to 145, for all test subjects.*
  • The new “GED® College Ready” performance level (score of 165-174) signifies readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses.
  • The new “GED® College Ready + Credit” level (score of 175-200) signifies that a student qualifies for up to ten hours of college credit.
  • The GED® test continues to measure the problem solving and critical thinking skills valued by employers and necessary for adults to succeed in the workplace and career or college programs:
  • Below Passing: 100 – 144
  • Passing Score: 145 – 164
  • Passing Score (GED College Ready): 165 – 174
  • Passing Score (GED College Ready + Credit): 175 – 200
Additional information can be found here.
GED® test subjects
The four subjects tested on the GED® are Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA), Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.