Pennsylvania (PA) GED Information and Requirements

Students over the age of 18 who haven't graduated from high school are generally qualified to take the GED examination in Pennsylvania. Many postsecondary institutions and employers require applicants to hold either a high school diploma or a GED certificate. Keep reading to learn more about how to obtain a GED in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania GED Information and Requirements

In Pennsylvania, the official credential awarded upon passing the GED (or General Educational Development) exam is the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. Students may take the test in English, Spanish or French at several locations across Pennsylvania.

State Requirements

In order to take the GED test in Pennsylvania, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age, be a resident of the state, have not graduated from high school and be able to show documents proving his or her identity. In some circumstances, applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age can take the GED test. These individuals must be able to provide written verification that they have withdrawn from school and must supply a recommendation from an employer, college or postsecondary school, a branch of the Armed Services or a state institution.

Testing Information

In order to pass the newly updated 2014 GED exam, students must receive a minimum total of 600 points on all four GED tests. Applicants may score no lower than 150 points on any individual test. Applicants are also allowed to retake any individual test they do not pass. Although there is no waiting period required to retest, GED exams can be taken only three times per year in Pennsylvania. The individual GED subject areas include:

  • Reasoning through language arts
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Social studies
  • Science

Test Preparation

Students can prepare to take the GED exam with free classes located throughout Pennsylvania. Study assistance may be available at high schools, adult learning centers and community colleges. More information on GED preparation and testing can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (www.portal.state.pa.us).

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