Earn Your GED
Official GED Exam
General Educational Development (GED) Testing is a program designed to prepare individuals who do not have a formal high school education to take a series of tests in order to qualify for a High School Equivalency Diploma.
In order to take the GED exam, an applicant must be:
- Pennsylvania resident (valid ID required)
- 18 years of age or older
- Not enrolled in an approved or licensed secondary school
Testers that are of the ages 16 to 18 must have a letter of withdrawal from a school district superintendent as well as an additional letter of request from one of the following:
- An employer who requires a high school equivalency for job opportunities,
- A college, trade school, or university official who accepts applicants on the basis of GED test scores,
- A recruiting office for individuals who are required to have a high school diploma or equivalency to enter a branch of the armed forces, or
- A director of state institutions for residents, patients, or inmates requesting testing before their anticipated release or discharge from the institution.
PA has a compulsory school age of 17, thus individuals that are 16 must have:
- A letter from the superintendent stating that they are withdrawn from the school and are permitted to obtain a GED, or
- A work permit, and
- One of the five additional letters of request listed above.
As of January 2014, the GED Exam is computerized through the service provider Pearson VUE. Tests are administered in the upper level of the Learning Resources Center (Library), room 209. To view the test schedule, register to take the exam, and schedule appointments to take the exam go to www.GED.com. Appointments and payment may no longer be accepted by the test center staff. Click here for detailed step-by-step directions.
Contact the GED Testing Center at 724-480-3434 for further information or the Pearson VUE call center at 1-877-EXAM-GED (392-6433) for technical questions and assistance with the website.
For information regarding GED preparatory classes, contact Adult Literacy Action at 724-773-7810.
For GED transcript requests, contact the PA GED department in Harrisburg at 717-783-6788.
How to Schedule the GED Test
Click here to download the step-by-step instructions on how to schedule the test, select the location/date/time, and pay for the test online via credit or debit card.
Commonwealth Diploma Program / 30-College-Credit Option
A Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma may be issued to any Pennsylvania resident who does not possess a secondary school diploma and who is at least 18 years of age upon presentation of evidence of full matriculation and the satisfactory completion of a minimum of one full year or 30 semester hours of study at an accredited institution of postsecondary education located in the United States. An official college transcript is acceptable evidence for award of this diploma.
Applicants must complete and sign a request form certifying that they meet the criteria for award of a Commonwealth Diploma. You can download the form, which includes all the requirements, by clicking here.