Improving your reading and math skills may increase your chances of getting a job. If you did not finish high school, your first step is to work toward a GED. A GED is a certificate for people who did not finish high school and do not have a high school diploma. In order to get a GED, you will need to pass a GED test. There are programs that will help you improve your skills so you can earn your GED.

The Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) Program offers help for adults who want to improve their basic reading and math skills or prepare for the GED test. Some places offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), social studies, science, employment skills, and citizenship preparation. These classes are free of charge but there will be a fee for the GED test. The test must be taken by computer and the cost to take the test is $120.

To find places offering GED classes to help prepare for the test, call United Way 2-1-1.

Project: LEARN
5225 Library Lane
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137
Information: Provides classes and tutoring as well as other skills instruction. Offers GED instruction specifically to the formerly incarcerated.

Ohio Department of Education - Ohio High School Equivalence Office
Information: Offers information on where to go for GED testing and copies of GED test scores.

  • You must register online to take the GED test (you must have an email address). You must register at:
  • Copies of your GED test scores (or transcripts) can only be requested via the GED Testing Service website. There is a $15 fee for transcripts:

State Library of Ohio
Information: Provides the opportunity to study for the GED through a computer-based program.