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OGT Family Guide

The Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) are a key part of Ohio’s education reform to establish an aligned system of standards, assessments and accountability for Ohio schools. The testing requirements were established by the Ohio General Assembly in 2001 based on recommendations by the Governor’s Commission for Student Success.  Tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies make up the OGT.

The graduating class of 2007 was the first class responsible for taking the OGT and passing all five tests as a graduation requirement. Students have multiple opportunities to take the tests during their high school careers.

The purpose of this guide is to provide students and their families with the following information:

 • An overview of what may appear on the OGT in reading, mathematics, writing, science, and

social studies;

• Sample OGT questions;

• Test-taking tips and strategies that will help students

prepare for the OGT;

• Frequently asked questions about the OGT;

• A graduation checklist;

• Information about the Alternative Pathway to


• Helpful OGT Web sites.

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) encourages students and families to talk with their high school teachers and/or guidance counselors to find out more detailed information about the OGT. Additional information and resources also can be found on the ODE Web site at, keyword search: “OGT”.