Earning Your GED in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, individuals who want to earn their high school equivalency diploma can do so by taking the GED exams. They can also opt to take the HiSET tests instead. The state's GED test policies may be factors that individuals want to consider when determining which tests to take and whether they qualify.
Minimum Testing Age
The minimum age requirement to take the GED exams in Pennsylvania is 18. In some cases, individuals who are 16 or 17 years old may be eligible to take the GED tests. They must be able to demonstrate that they are no longer enrolled in high school and have a formal request to test from an approved source, such as a military recruiting officer. Other approved sources that can request testing approval for 16- or 17-year-old applicants include employers. Testing approval will also be granted to individuals who have been ordered to complete their GED by the courts.
Examinees must be able to establish that they live in Pennsylvania to take the GED exams in that state. Accepted forms of identification include a state driver's license.
In Pennsylvania, testing applicants are not expected to complete a GED course or take pretests to demonstrate that they are ready to take the exams.
However, it is a good idea to consider using one or more of the many online courses, videos and study resources available so that you know what you'll be asked about on your test and so that you are familiar with the question formats used. The resources available through these links can help you get ready to take your GED exams. All of them are self-paced and can be accessed from your computer, laptop or smartphone.
- GED Study Guide
- GED Science: Life, Physical and Chemical
- GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
- GED Social Studies: Civics & Government, US History, Economics, Geography & World
- GED Math: Quantitative, Arithmetic & Algebraic Problem Solving
- GED Information and Study Strategies
Each GED exam costs $30 to take the first time. If a student fails a test or opts to retake an exam, they must pay a $10 retake fee for the first and second retakes. If they retake the test a third time, they must pay the $30 fee again.
The total cost of earning the GED is $120 if the applicant is successful on their first attempt on each test.
Requirements to Pass
With a minimum passing score of 145 on each of the 4 GED exams, applicants will earn their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma.
It is also possible to earn GED College Ready or GED College Ready + Credit scores. College Ready scores fall in the 165- to 174-point range. College Ready + Credit scores begin at 175.
Pennsylvania follows a standard retake policy that's applicable in most states. You can retake a test immediately. There is no retest waiting period applied until after your third time taking a test. Applicants then need to wait 60 days before they take the test again.