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Testing Information

Welcome to the GOVS Testing Information page! 

You will find everything you need to know about required state testing on this page.


Fall Ohio State Testing

Testing in the fall is ONLY for 11th and 12th graders.  If you are in grades 7-10, you do not have to test until the spring.  Not every junior/senior has to test this fall.  You most likely have to test if:

  1. You missed a required test last year.
  2. You need to retest because of a poor score.

What tests do you have to take?
If you are an 11th or 12th grader, to see your individual Test Schedule, CLICK HERE.  You can then enter your 4-digit student ID number in the box.  The website will tell you what test(s) you have to take.  It will also show you a list of all the testing locations, dates, and times.

If you do not know your ID number, you can find it on your student ID card.  Or, even easier, your student ID is your VLA LOGIN!  The 4 digits you use to complete your work.

The main GOVS testing site is NO LONGER in the conference rooms @ the GOVS Office in Lebanon.  This was discussed in the GOVS Success class you completed on your first day this year.  The main GOVS testing site has been moved to Great Wolf Lodge in Mason (right by Kings Island).  

Besides Mason, you can also test in:

  • Franklin (at the St. Mary's Learning Center)
  • Hamilton (at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel)
  • Middletown (at the MidPointe Library)
  • West Clermont/Eastgate (inside Crossroads Church Eastside by Jungle Jims)

Which location is best for you?  SEE THIS INTERACTIVE MAP.  This will open up a map that shows you all five of the testing locations.  You can even type in your address and get directions.


Your next steps...

To see the Fall 2019 Testing Schedule (dates, times, and locations), visit the Google form at this link:  FALL TESTING SIGNUP.  You are able to sign-up for a test session and reserve your spot -- however, don't worry; you can simply attend any session and be able to take your test(s).  One test per session.  Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the session begins for registration.  Please bring your GOVS ID to testing!

After you enter your student ID number above and determine which test(s) you need to take, you should do some reviewing for the tests.  

GOVS provides three different methods of review:

  1. Interactive practice tests via the Ohio Means Jobs website.
  2. Interactive practice tests via the Ohio Department of Education website.
  3. Downloadable paper practice tests for every test, including additional review materials.
     

Option #1:  Ohio Means Jobs Remediation
CLICK HERE to access the website. Choose to use the system anonymously or create an account, click on Elementary, Middle, and High School Skills Improvement, then OMJ Assessment & Training Center, then School Center.

Option #2:  Ohio Department of Education interactive practice tests
CLICK HERE to access the website.

Option #3:  Paper Practice Tests
CLICK HERE to view and download the paper practice tests.

 

If you would like some general/misc. prep,  CLICK HERE.  

 

Why do you have to test?

The state of Ohio requires all students to take end-of-course tests every year, called the Ohio State Tests.  7th graders test in English and Math.  8th graders test in English, math, and science.  

If you are in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, you have seven OST's you have to complete (and pass) in order to meet requirements for a high school diploma.  In order to graduate, you need to accumulate 18 testing "points" on these tests.  You can take the tests multiple times.  The seven tests are:  

  • English/Language Arts I
  • English/Language Arts II
  • Algebra I (or Integrated Math I)
  • Geometry (or Integrated Math II)
  • Biology
  • US History
  • Government

Juniors & Seniors can retake tests in the fall.  All students grades 7-12 test in the spring.