Listed here are all GED®-HiSET prep sites and testing centers in the Altoona region.
Pennsylvania embraced the computer-formatted GED exam for High School Equivalency (HSE) testing.
The state additionally welcomed the HiSET for this purpose which is available on-computer and on-paper.
The HSE exam is for adults without a high school diploma and gives them the opportunity to earn an equivalent credential.
Both exams measure an applicant’s knowledge at a level that compares to that of graduating high school seniors.
The GED has four separates tests in Math, Science, Literacy, and Social Studies that need to be dealt with in maximally two years.
The HiSET exam has individual writing and reading tests, so five in total, that cannot be taken separately.
Altoona GED-HiSET prep classes
Literacy Council of Blair County
1600 5th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602, Ph: 814.946.1544
AASD Community Education Ctr *)
200 East Crawford Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602, Ph: 814.946.8330
Career Link of Blair County
3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona, PA 16602, Ph: 814.940.6200
Altoona Area Public Library **)
1600 5th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602, Ph: 814.946.0417
Greenwood Head Start HSE Program (Altoona Community Education)
319 Sycamore Street, Altoona, PA 16602, Ph: 814.946.8229
Sacred Heart Church Adult Education
200 E Crawford Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602, Ph: 814.946.8229
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Locations around Altoona (cities by alphabet)
PA CareerLink-Bedford County
1 Corporate Drive, Ste 103, Bedford, PA 15522, Ph: 814.623.6107
Bedford County Jail HSE Program
Imlertown Road, Bedford, PA 15522, Ph: 814.623.2955
Not open to the public
Bellwood Hope Center (Altoona Comm. Education)
421 Main Street, Bellwood, PA 16617, Ph: 814.946.8229
Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School (Altoona Comm. Education)
240 C K Elementary Drive, Claysburg, PA 16625, Ph: 814.946.8229
Appalachian Youth Services
115 S Marion Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931, Ph: 814.472.7875
Admiral Peary AVTS (Altoona Comm. Education)
948 Ben Franklin Hwy, Ebensburg, PA 15931, Ph: 814.946.8229
Center for Community Action
195 Drive-In Ln, Everett, PA 15537, Ph: 814.623.9129
Glendale Junior-Senior High (Altoona Comm. Education)
1466 Beaver Valley Road, Flinton, PA 16640, Ph: 814. 946.8229
Hagerstown Community College GED Classes
11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742, Ph: 240.500.2313
More Hagerstown area locations are here: Hagerstown GED Classes
Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School (Altoona Community Education)
1000 Hewitt Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, Ph: 814.946.8229
Employment and Training Inc.
54 Pennsylvania Avenue, Huntingdon, PA 16652, Ph: 814.641.6408
Huntingdon County Child and Adult Development Corporation
52 Juniata Avenue, Huntingdon, PA 16652, Ph: 814.643.5199 x 125
Employment and Training, Inc.
Fairground Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652, Ph: 814.643.3093
Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center
445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904, Ph: 814.266.6073
Click here to see all Johnstown prep locations
Saint Francis University HSE curriculum
117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, PA 15940, Ph: 814.472.3149
Northern Cambridge HSE Classes
813 35th Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714, Ph: 814.946.5184
Adult Education HSE Program
4200 Crawford Avenue, Suite 200, Northern Cambria, PA 15714, Ph: 814.269.9549
Community Action-Career Development Project
200 E Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767, Ph: 814.226.4785
See all Punxsutawney options here
Spring Cove Middle School (Altoona Community Education)
185 Spring Garden Cir, Roaring Spring, PA 16673, Ph: 814.946.8229
Adult Education Center State College
411 S Fraser Street, Room 119, State College, Pennsylvania 16801, Ph: 814.235.5582
For all State College-area locations go to State College GED-HiSET Classes
Tyrone-Snyder Public Library
1000 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tyrone, PA 16686, Ph: 814.684.1133
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Altoona area GED-HiSET testing centers
Altoona Area High-HSE testing
1415 6th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602, Ph: 814.946.8277
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College-Richland Campus
101 Community College Way, Johnstown, PA 15904, Ph: 814.262.6451
Saint Francis University, Saint Francis Hall (between Torvian Dining Hall & the Chapel)
132 Franciscan Way, Loretto, PA 15940, Ph: 814.472.3000
Somerset Co. Technology Center HSE testing
281 Technology Drive, Somerset, PA 15501, Ph: 814.443.3651 (ext. 6156)
What is the GED?
The GED exam is a battery of four tests that differ from ordinary school tests. The GED exam provides you with a chance to demonstrate your skills and knowledge that you gained through study, experience, and reading. You are not required to take all four GED tests at the same time, you can take one or more tests whenever you think you are properly prepared within a 2-year period of time. This is not possible with the HiSET.
The Pennsylvania GED costs $120 (or $30 per sub-test), the HiSET will set you back $90. The required minimum score on each GED subtest was adjusted from 150 to 145 in early 2016. Read all about this decision here.
To take the GED or the HiSET exam in Pennsylvania, you need to be a Pennsylvania resident and at least 16 years old. You will not qualify if you are signed up for any education program or already have a secondary education credential. Applicants need to be Pennsylvania residents, no less than 17 years old, not already have a secondary education credential, and are not currently enrolled in another school program
Candidates who are 16 or 17 must have a letter of withdrawal signed by the superintendent or principal of their school district and a request in writing from an employer, a representative of a college, a university, a technical or trade school, an armed forces recruiting officer, or from the director of a state institution for residents, patients, or inmates. For qualification requirements go to GED-HiSET in Pennsylvania.
Preparation is key
The new GED exam has only a few multiple choice questions left, you’ll have to answer most answers in essay style. The HiSET contains only multiple-choice questions, except for the essay part. A lot of community colleges provide quality instruction to assist you with getting ready for the exam. There is mostly no charge for attending these preparation classes and there are also great online learning options available.
Though applicants are not required to attend prep classes before sitting for the GED or HiSET tests, it is strongly recommended that they at least take a practice test to find out if they indeed are sufficiently prepared. Visit GED.com for all sorts of information regarding the entire GED program, and applicants must sign up with MyGED, an online portal that will guide them all the way through the process, from registration to employment market developments.
The GED passing score
The required score for each individual GED test was 150 (on a scale of 100 to 200). This standard appeared to be set at a too high level so it was reduced to 145 in early 2016. On the HiSET you must come to a total score of no less than 45 (minimally 8 out of a possible 20 on each of the 5 subtests, and your essay score must be at least a 2 out of 6). Practically all U.S. employers and colleges and universities accept the GED credential just like a high school diploma for employment, job advancement, and admissions purposes.
Pennsylvania issues the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) to applicants who successfully pass the four tests of the new GED exam or the HiSET. The Tests of General Educational Development (GED ) were established in the 1940’s to determine a high school level of knowledge and academic skills for adults who had not graduated from high school.
The GED exam was originally applied to assess returning World War II veterans who had gone to war before completing their regular high school program and determined if these adults were qualified for institutions of higher education and decent employment. Although since January 2014 more competing assessment programs are available to all states (HiSET and TASC testing programs), are most states still using the GED exam as the basis for issuing their HSE (high school equivalency) diplomas.
*) Altoona Area School District – Community Education Center
The Altoona Area School District’s Community Education Center offers HSE prep classes at these locations: Admiral Peary Vo-Tech, Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School, Community Education Center – Stevens School, Blair Co. CareerLink, Spring Cove Middle School, Glendale High School, Hollidaysburg Jr. High School, Northern Cambria HS, Tyrone Area Publ. Library, Greenwood Headstart, Bellwood Hope Ctr, and Evergreen Manors.
**) Altoona Area Public Library
It is the mission of the Altoona Area Public Library to educate adults who lack sufficient basic reading and writing skills. Basic literacy skills are offered to adults including ESL classes (English as a Second Language). Students learn in a one-on-one situation with instructors and these services are offered at no charge and are confidential.
The library works to increase literacy in the region and does this via collaboration with regional providers of adult education services. It is the library’s purpose to serve adults who want to learn to read (better), and the library matches adult learners with tutors who work on a voluntary basis. The library supplies study materials, education, and support services, and serves ABE (Adult Basic Education) and ESL (English as a Second Language) students from Blair, Cambria, and Huntingdon Counties.
Thousands of adults in Blair County don’t have the ability to read other than at the elementary level, and many residents cannot read the English language at all as it is not their first language. The library is always looking for volunteers who are open to being trained to become tutors for adult learners in the library’s programs. All the library’s services are offered free of charge. You see that the library is not offering actual HSE preparation classes, but they play a crucial role in Altoona area’s literacy development. Great Work!
Training classes for volunteers are held several times a year, and anyone who holds a college degree is welcome to become a volunteer tutor. The library’s tutors educate adults all eight county libraries, and in the Community Education Center in Altoona, at CareerLink and more places. The library is at the service of adults who need help to prepare for the HSE exam or to get employment, and everything is confidential and the library’s tutors are flexible to meet students’ convenient times.