All About the GED: Pennsylvania

If you live in Pennsylvania and don't have a high school diploma, passing the GED is a way to earn your Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. This is equivalent to a high school diploma and is accepted by almost all colleges and universities, as well as employers and the military.

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Answering Your Questions about Taking the Pennsylvania GED Test

Am I Eligible?

As an adult who's at least 18 years old, you must be a resident of Pennsylvania. You can't be a high school graduate, nor can you be currently enrolled in a secondary school. Individuals that are 16 or 17 years of age may be eligible to take the exam if certain criteria are met and required written statements are provided. You'll need to provide appropriate documentation to verify your identity.

What Is the Minimum Score to Pass?

Pennsylvania requires that you score at least 145 on each individual test and a 580 on the entire test. Individuals who fail one of the subject area tests are able to retake the test two times without a waiting period between retakes. After the second retake, there is a 60-day waiting period before another attempt at the GED test can be made.

How Is the GED Structured?

The GED consists of four subject areas that require about seven and a half hours to complete. The subject areas covered in the exam are:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning through Language Arts.

Sections are comprised of a combination of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. A calculator is provided for the math section of the test. The GED test is available in English and Spanish in Pennsylvania.

How Do I Register in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has 30 testing centers throughout the state where you can register and take the GED test. To find a center near you, visit the GED website. Contact your center for test times, current fee to take the exam and registration details.

Can I Take the Test Online?

You can't take the GED test online in Pennsylvania or in any other state or jurisdiction. The test is given only in official testing centers.

How Can I Prepare for the GED Test?

If you prefer help from a teacher, consider taking a GED test preparation class. Pennsylvania Department of Education's Adult Basic Literacy Education program offers free classes in community colleges, school districts and learning centers throughout the state. Take a look at Pennsylvania's Department of Education for more information.

Pennsylvania offers the option of preparing for the GED test without having to come to a class. Test candidates can work with a teacher using the Internet, video and workbooks. The distant study program is also free but requires a separate enrollment and orientation, you can sign up on the Department of Education website. Other at-home and online preparation aids are available on the GED Test Service website.

Are There Special Accommodations?

Persons taking the GED tests can apply for special accommodations if they have a disability, including physical, mental or emotional, which would interfere with their best performance on the test. Call the chief examiner at your test center for the appropriate forms. You can also review the general procedure for special accommodations on the GED Testing Service website.

How Do I Get My Diploma and Scores?

Once you pass the GED test all diplomas and transcripts will be managed by DiplomaSender. All information can be found on the DiplomaSender website where you can also create an account and login to receive your scores and request your transcript.

Why Get your GED in Pennsylvania?

Attaining your GED increases job stability and will give you a stronger educational future. More and more jobs today require a high school diploma or GED. The GED is a nationally recognized test that lines up with the present high school standards. Earning your GED will permit you to gain the knowledge and skills that are desired in a large amount of available jobs today. Prepare and train for the work force by earning your Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma in the state of Pennsylvania.

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