GED in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is offering two options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED® and the HiSET® exams. HSE testing offers adults who never completed high school the chance to earn an equivalent degree.

The GED is completely computer-based while the HiSET is available on-computer and on-paper.

Pennsylvania awards the CSSD (Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma). This is the state’s high school equivalency credential that Pennsylvania residents who didn’t graduate high school can earn if they meet the state’s qualification requirements.

The CSSD is achieved if they pass the HiSET or the GED exam, or if they complete the state’s thirty College Credits Option. The Pennsylvania CSSD is the equivalency of a regular HS diploma.

The GED has four independent subtests as writing and reading are combined. The subtests can be taken separately.

The HiSET exam includes five tests (literacy reading, literacy writing, social studies, science, and math). For both exams counts as well that the subtests may be taken separately.

The HiSET is cheaper than the GED ($93.75 or $115 vs. $120) and is available in both paper-based and computer formats whereas the GED exam can be taken on a computer only.

GED requirements in Pennsylvania

Minimum age: 16 years. For applicants 16 and 17, additional restrictions and requirements apply. Contact your nearest GED testing site.

Underage candidates (16 and 17) must submit an official age waiver issued by Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. They also must provide a written request from a college admissions office, employer, military recruiting office, or the director of an official state institution that indicates obtaining a GED is required for the applicant.

In Pennsylvania, GED and HiSET testing is open only to state residents that never completed their high school education and are not in another school program.

Completing the GED or HiSET successfully will give you better professional options and unlock doors of colleges and universities. Each year, more than half a million people finish the GED-HiSET exam successfully, and you may very well be one of them.

Fee: $120 for the entire GED test ($30 per subject), HiSET: $93.75 or $115 (read more below).

You do not first have to take the GED Ready® practice test or the HiSET official practice tests and taking a GED or HiSET prep course is also not required.

GED prep classes in Pennsylvania

You can prepare for the GED test by studying online. You can also choose to follow a traditional GED prep class. Click on your city or a city near you to discover all the prep sites in your area.

Pennsylvania GED testing centers

Allentown
Lehigh Carbon Comm Coll (HiSET) – 718 Hamilton St – Allentown – PA 18101 – Ph: (610) 799.1940
Altoona
Altoona School District (GED) – 1400 7th Ave – Altoona – PA 16602 – Ph: (814) 946.8332
Ctr for Comm Action (HiSET) – 200 E Crawford St – Altoona – PA 16602 – Ph: (800) 323.9997

Ambler
Temple University (GED) – 580 Meetinghouse Rd – Ambler – PA 19002 – Ph: (215) 204.8611
Bartonsville
Monroe Career & Tech Inst (GED) – 194 Laurel Lake Rd – Bartonsville – PA 18321, Ph: (570) 629.2001
Bethlehem
Northampton Comm Coll (GED) – 3835 Green Pond Rd – Bethlehem – PA 18020 – Ph: (610) 861.5360
Bloomsburg
CSIU- Adult Learning Ctr (HiSET) – 1000 Market St (Ste 37) – Bloomsburg – PA 17815 – Ph: (570) 317.2806
Bloomsburg University of PA (GED-HiSET) – 411 Lightstreet Rd – Bloomsburg – PA 17815 – Ph: (570) 389.5294
Blue Bell
Montgomery Co Comm Coll (GED) – 340 DeKalb Pike – Blue Bell – PA 19422 – Ph: (215) 641.6646
Camp Hill
American Personnel & Managers Consultants Inc (GED) – 3607 Rosemont Ave (Ste 101) – Camp Hill – PA 17011 – Ph: (717) 303.0229
Carlisle
Employment Skills Ctr (GED) – 29 S Hanover St – Carlisle – PA 17013 – Ph: (717) 243.6040
Chambersburg
Franklin Co Career & Technology Ctr (GED) – 2463 Loop Rd – Chambersburg – PA 17202 – Ph: (717) 263.9033
Franklin Co Literacy Council (HiSET) – 101 E King St – Chambersburg – PA 17201 – Ph: (717) 504-4459 x 3501

Clarion
Clarion University (Stevens Hall, GED) – 840 Wood St – Clarion – PA 16214 – Ph: (814) 393.2404
Clifton Heights
Amudipes Test Ctr (HiSET) – 59 E Baltimore Ave – Clifton Heights – PA 19018 – Ph: (610) 284.3601
Collingdale
Community Solutions (HiSET) – 217 Clifton Ave (Ste 5) – Collingdale – PA 19023 – Ph: (610) 522.8000GED in Pennsylvania
Corry
Warren Forest Higher Ed Council (HiSET) – 2210 N Center St – Corry – PA 16407 – Ph: (814) 723.3222
Corry Higher Education Council (HiSET)- 221 N Center St – Corry – PA 16407 – Ph: (814) 734.8393
Coudersport
Potter County Ed Council (GED) – 5 Water St – Coudersport – PA 16915 – Ph: (814) 274.4877
Donora
PA Careerlink Mon Valley (HiSET) – 570 Galiffa Dr – Donora – PA 15033 – Ph: (724) 938.3241 x 257
East Stroudsburg
E Stroudsburg Univ of PA (GED) – 562 Independence Rd – East Stroudsburg – PA 18301 – Ph: (570) 422.7943
Easton
ProJect of Easton (GED) – 200 Ferry St – Easton – PA 18042 – Ph: (610) 258.1100
Erie
Greater Erie Comm Action Committee (GED) – 809 Peach St – Erie – PA 16501 – Ph: (814) 459.4581
Blasco Memorial Library (IU5, HiSET) – 160 E Front St – Erie – PA 16507 – Ph: (814) 734.8393
Warren Forest Higher Ed Council (HiSET) – 2951 W 38th St – Erie – PA 16506 – Ph: (814) 723.3222

Everett
Center for Comm Action (HiSET) – 195 Drive-in Lane – Everett – PA 15537 – Ph: (800) 323.9997
Exton
Chester Co OIC (HiSET-GED) – 479 Thomas Jones Way (Ste 500) – Exton – PA 19341 – Ph: (610) 280.1010
Greensburg
Private Industry Council (GED-HiSET) – 219 Donohoe Rd – Greensburg – PA 15601 – Ph: (724) 836.2600
Harrisburg
Harrisburg Area Comm Coll (GED) – 1 HACC Dr – Harrisburg – PA 17110 – Ph: (717) 780.2456
Tri-County OIC (GED-HiSET) – 500 Maclay St – Harrisburg – PA 17110 – Ph: (717) 238.7318
Hawley
Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance (GED-HiSET) – 92 Main Ave – Hawley – PA 18428 – Ph: (570) 390.3613
Homestead
Allegheny Intermediate Unit (GED-HiSET) – 475 E Waterfront Dr – Homestead – PA 15120 – Ph: (412) 394.5700
Huntingdon
Ctr for Comm Action (HiSET) – 207 5th St – Huntingdon – PA 16652 – Ph: (800) 323.9997
Indiana
Indiana University of PA (GED) – 201 Pratt Dr – Indiana – PA 15705 – Ph: (724) 357.4994
ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 (HiSET) – 2895 W Pike Rd – Indiana – PA 15701 – Ph: (724) 463.5300
ARIN IU 28 Ctr for Education (HiSET) –  300 Indian Springs Rd – Indiana – PA 15701 – Ph: (724) 463.5300 x 2307
Jim Thorpe
Carbon Career & Techn Inst (GED) – 150 W 13th St – Jim Thorpe – PA 18229 – Ph: (570) 325.3682
Johnstown
Pennsylvania Highlands Comm Coll (GED) – 101 College Way – Johnstown – PA 15904 – Ph: (814) 262.3815
Kittanning
Armstrong Ctr for Comm Learning (GED-HiSET) – 81 Glade Dr – Kittanning – PA 16201 – Ph: (724) 543.2599
Lancaster
Bright Side Opportunities Ctr (GED) – 515 Hershey Ave – Lancaster – PA 17603 – Ph: (717) 947.1250
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13-PA CareerLink (HiSET) – 1016 N Charlotte St – Lancaster – PA 17603 – Ph: (717) 606.1708
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13-McCaskey East High (HiSET) – 1051 Lehigh Ave – Lancaster – PA 17602 – Ph: (717) 606.1649
Lebanon
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13 (HiSET) – 1 Cumberland St – Lebanon – PA 17042 – Ph: (717) 450.1525
Leola
Fed Testing Ctr (GED) – 12 Keystone Crt (Ste 12) – Leola – PA 17540 – Ph: (717) 661.3217
Lewisburg
Central Susquehanna IU (HiSET) – 1339 St Mary St – Lewisburg – PA 17837 – Ph: (570) 768.4960
Lewistown
PA CareerLink-Mifflin Co (GED) – MCIDC Pl (Bldg 58) – 6395 PA 103 N – Lewistown – PA 17044 – Ph: (717) 248.4942
Lock Haven
Lock Haven University of PA (GED) – 301 W Church St – Lock Haven – PA 17745 – Ph: (570) 484.3131

McConnellsburg
Ctr for Comm Action (HiSET) – 216 N Second St (Ste D) – McConnellsburg – PA 17233 – Ph: (800) 323.9997
HCCTC-Fulton Co (HiSET) – 122 W Market St – McConnellsburg – PA 17233 – Ph: (717) 485.5131
Meadville
Laurel Tech (GED) – 11618 Cotton Rd – Meadville – PA 16335 – Ph: (814) 724.0700
Media
Delaware Co Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 910 S Media Line Rd – Media – PA 19063 – Ph: (610) 325.2776
Mill Creek
Huntingdon Career & Techn Ctr (HiSET) – 11893 Technology Dr – Mill Creek – PA 17060 – Ph: (814) 643.0951
Monaca
Community Coll of Beaver Co (GED) – 1 Campus Dr – Monaca – PA 15061 – Ph: (724) 480.3434
Montrose
Trehab-Montrose (HiSET) – 14 Public Ave – Montrose – PA 18801 – Ph: (570) 257.4158
New Castle
Lawrence Co Comm. Action Partnership (LCCAP, GED-HiSET) – 241 W Grant St – New Castle – PA 16101 – Ph: (724) 658.7258
New Oxford
Lincoln Interm. Unit 12 (GED-HiSET) – 65 Billerbeck St – New Oxford – PA 17350 – Ph: (717) 624.6411
Newport
Perry Co Literacy Council (GED-HiSET) – 133 S 5th St – Newport – PA 17074 – Ph: (717) 567.7323
Newtown
Bucks County Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 275 Swamp Road – Newtown – PA 18940 – Ph: (215) 968-8068/8466
Norristown
Montgomery Co OIC (GED-HiSET) – 1101 Arch St – Norristown – PA 19401 – Ph: (610) 279.9700
North East
Warren Forest Higher Ed Council (HiSET) – 49 Smedley St – North East – PA 16428 – Ph: (814) 723.3222
Oakdale
Pittsburgh Techn College (GED) – 1111 McKee Rd – Oakdale – PA 15071 – Ph: (412) 809.5211
Oil City
Oil City Public Library (HiSET) – 2 Central Ave – Oil City – PA 16301 – Ph: (814) 734.8393
Skills for Success (GED) – 679 Colbert Ave (Ste 101) – Oil City – PA 16301 – Ph: (814) 677.7707
Pennsburg
The Open Link (HiSET) – 452 Penn St – Pennsburg – PA 18073 – Ph: (215) 679.4112
Philadelphia
Comm Coll of Philadelphia (GED) – 18th & Callowhill – Philadelphia – PA 19130 – Ph: (215) 496.6170
Temple University (GED) – 1803 N Broad St – Philadelphia – PA 19122 – Ph: (215) 204.4976/4634
Congreso de Latinos Unidos (GED) – 2800 N American St – Philadelphia – PA 19133 – Ph: (215) 763.8870

Connection Training Services (GED) – 2243 W Allegheny Ave (3rd Fl) – Philadelphia – PA 19132 – Ph: (215) 320.5521
Community Learning Ctr (GED) – 229 N 63rd St – Philadelphia – PA 19139 – Ph: (215) 463.2305
New World Association (GED) – 9857 Bustleton Ave – Philadelphia – PA 19115 – Ph: (215) 856.7316
Training & Upgrading Fund (HiSET) – 100 S Broad St (10th Fl) – Philadelphia – PA 19110 – Ph: (215) 568.2220
Rock Ministries of Philadelphia (HiSET) – 2755 Kensington Ave – Philadelphia – PA 19134 – Ph: (215) 913.9035
Peasant Kings Mentoring (HiSET) – 2233 W Allegheny Ave (1st Fl) – Philadelphia – PA 19132 – Ph: (610) 764.9262
Tioga Family Center (HiSET) – 1822-26 W Tioga St – Philadelphia – PA 19140 – Ph: (215) 634.9600
Victoria’s Tutoring Service (HiSET) – 6353 Germantown Ave (3rd Fl) – Philadelphia – PA 19144 – Ph: (267) 331.8735
Northeast Learning Ctr (HiSET) – 7222 Castor Ave – Philadelphia – PA 19149 – Ph: (215) 745.0141
Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh (GED) – 4200 5th Ave – Pittsburgh – PA 15260 – Ph: (412) 624.7215
Goodwill of SW Pennsylvania (GED-HiSET) – 118 52nd St – Pittsburgh – PA 15201 – Ph: (412) 632.1847
Literacy Pittsburgh (HiSET) – 411 7th Ave (Ste 525) – Pittsburgh – PA 15219 – Ph: (412) 393.7600
Allegheny Intermediate Unit (HiSET) – 950 2nd Ave – Pittsburgh – PA 15219 – Ph: (412) 350.2249
Pleasant Gap
Central PA Inst of Science & Techn (GED) – 540 N Harrison Rd – Pleasant Gap – PA 16823 – Ph: (814) 359.2793
Port Allegany
Potter County Ed Council (GED) – 219 Edison Bates Dr – Port Allegany – PA 16743 – Ph: (814) 545.1333
Pottstown
Montgomery Co Comm Coll West (GED) – 101 College Dr – Pottstown – PA 19464 – Ph: (610) 718.1995
YWCA-Pottstown (HiSET) – 724 Adams St (2nd Fl) – Pottstown – PA 19464 – Ph: (610) 326.7323
Pottsville
Lifelong Learning Ctr (HiSET-GED) – 2221 W Market St – Pottsville – PA 17901 – Ph: (570) 628.5761
Reading
Reading Area Comm Coll (GED) – 10 S 2nd St – Reading – PA 19603 – Ph: (610) 372.4721
I-LEAD Inc (HiSET) – 401 Penn St – Reading – PA 19601 – Ph: (484) 529.3293
Reynoldsville
Jefferson Co/Dubois AVTS (GED) – 576 Vo-Tech Rd – Reynoldsville – PA 15851 – Ph: (814) 653.8265
Scranton
Lackawanna College (GED) – 501 Vine St (2nd Fl) – Scranton – PA 18509 – Ph: (570) 961.7883
Selinsgrove
Educators, Inc (GED) – 12 Commerce Ave – Selinsgrove – PA 17870 – Ph: (570) 884.3740
Shamokin
CSIU-Shamokin Adult Ed. Ctr (HiSET) – 2 E Arch St – Shamokin – PA 17872 – Ph: (570) 509.2246
Sharon
Laurel Technical Inst (GED) – 200 Sterling Ave – Sharon – PA 16146 – Ph: (724) 983.0700
Sharon Hill
Neighbor to Neighbor (GED-HiSET) – 814 Clifton Ave – Sharon Hill – PA 19079 – Ph: (610) 461.8140
Slippery Rock
Slippery Rock University (GED) – 105 Maltby Ave – Slippery Rock – PA 16057 – Ph: (724) 738.2028
Somerset
Uptown Works (HiSET) – 109 E Main St – Somerset – PA 15501 – Ph: (814) 701.0762
Somerset Co. Technology Ctr (GED) – 281 Technology Dr – Somerset – PA 15501 – Ph: (814) 443.3651
St. Mary’s
Community Ed Council (HiSET-GED) – 4 Erie Ave (Ste 100) – St. Mary’s – PA 15857 – Ph: (814) 781.3437
Sunbury
CSIU-PA CareerLink (HiSET) – 225 Market St – Room 201 – Sunbury – PA 17801 – Ph: (570) 523.1453
Tannersville
Northampton Comm Coll (GED) – 2411 Rte 715 – Tannersville – PA 18372 – Ph: (570) 369.1810
CDE Career Inst (GED) – 2942 Rte 611 – Tannersville – PA 18372 – Ph: (570) 629.2690
Towanda
Bradford County Action (GED) – 500 Wiliam St – Towanda – PA 18848 – Ph: (570) 265.4434
Trehab-Towanda (HiSET) – 428 Main St – Towanda – PA 18848 – Ph: (570) 933.7583
Tunkhannock
Trehab Tunkhannock (HiSET) – 106 Warren St – Tunkhannock – PA 18657 – Ph: (570) 836.6840
Uniontown
Laurel Business Inst (GED) – 18 N Beeson Blvd – Uniontown – PA 15401 – Ph: (724) 439.4900
Intermediate Unit 1 (HiSET) – 11 E Penn St – Uniontown – PA 15401 – Ph: (724) 550.4555
Upper Darby
Upper Darby Comm Outreach Corp (HiSET) – 248 Long Ln – Upper Darby – PA 19082 – Ph: (610) 352.7008
Warren
Warren Forest Higher Ed Council (GED-HiSET) – 589 Hospital Dr (Ste F) – Warren – PA 16365 – Ph: (814) 723.3222
Washington
Penn Business/Techn School (GED) – 242 Oak Spring Rd – Washington – PA 15301 – Ph: (724) 222.5330
Waynesboro
Waynesboro Sr. High School (GED-HiSET) – 702 E 2nd St – Waynesboro – PA 17268 – Ph: (717) 762.1191
Waynesburg
PA Careerlink Green Co (HiSET) – 200 Greene Pl – Waynesburg – PA 15370 – Ph: (724) 852.2900 x 226
West Chester
West Chester University (GED) – Ste 129 – 25 W Rosedale Ave – West Chester – PA 19383 – Ph: (610) 436.2413
West Lawn
Lit Council Reading-Berks (GED-HiSET) – 35 S Dwight St – West Lawn – PA 19609 – Ph: (610) 670.9960
Williamsport
Centr Susquehanna Opportunities (HiSET) – 329 Pine St -Williamsport – PA 17701 – Ph: (570) 601.5730
Wyomissing
Berks Technical Inst (GED) – 2205 Ridgewood Rd – Wyomissing – PA 19610 – Ph: (484) 651.1824
York
York Co. Literacy Council (HiSET) – 800 E King St – York – PA 17403 – Ph: (717) 845.8719
York Co. School of Technology (GED) – 2179 S Queen St – York – PA 17402 – Ph: (717) 741.0820

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Online GED or HiSET testing

In the state of Pennsylvania, you will be awarded the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma, and you can take the exam in English, Spanish or French. The GED and HiSET needed to be taken in person at an official testing center, but that’s changing. The HiSET exam is now available in a proctored online version and GED Testing Service has also introduced an online proctored GED exam.

GED-HiSET cost and retakes

The four GED modules (subject tests) may be taken and paid for separately and cost $30 each (so $120 for the complete exam). You get two retests per subject test a discounted rate of $10 (for the test center fee) and these must be completed within a 12-month period. After that, regular fees count again.

There is no wait time for retesting in Pennsylvania if you fail a subtest but when you fail a subtest three times, there’ll be a 60-day waiting period before you can take that test again.

The HiSET exam includes five modules that cost when taken on a computer, $18.75 each ($10.75 fir ETS fee, $8 for the test center) so $93.75 in total. When taken in a paper0based format, the HiSET subtests are $23 each ($15 for ETS fee, $8 for the test center) so $115 in total.

You will get two retests per subject test but you need to pay the $10 test center fee each on all retesting occasions.

Continue your education

The General Education Development (GED) exam and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) are developed to support adults with improving their professional options.

The diploma not only will boost your job options, but also qualifies graduates for continued education at college, university, or technical/vocational school. Please request all possible information regarding registration policies from the schools’ admissions staff so you can work towards better financial health and a better life in general!

Prepare well

In the U.S. there are approximately 40 million people who never completed high school, and the GED program is particularly designed for them. Good preparation is absolutely important. Check this page to find all locations where GED prep programs are offered (click on your nearest city above and register). Online courses are often also a good way to get all set fast.

GED-HiSET passing score

The GED passing score is 145 on each one of the four GED subtests. Scoring is done on a 100-200 scale and goes as follows: 100-144: Below Passing; 145-164: High School Equivalency Score; 164-174: College-Ready Score; 175-200: College-Ready Plus College Credit Score.

The five HiSET subtests are scored on a scale up to 20 and the passing score is 8. The essay result must be at least a 2 out of 6 and the overall score needs to be at least 45 points.

Free GED online prep in Pennsylvania

One test at a time

The GED exam includes four independent subtests in these academic segments: Literacy or Language Arts (reading and writing combined), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and the total of four exams will take a little over 7 hours to complete.

The GED exam allows you to take one of the four tests at a time, so test only if you are well-prepared, and you only pay for that part. The HiSET subject tests can also be taken individually.

Nowadays, a high school diploma or equivalency is absolutely the lowest degree you’ll need for practically any sort of work and is a requirement for access to post-secondary education. In case you don’t possess a secondary degree, improvement in all employment fields will be virtually impossible.

Your future

In America, there are some four million available jobs that require a high school diploma or similar, and in case there will not be sufficient workers who have a high school or equivalent education, we may encounter difficulties filling these jobs, and the overall economy cannot function as it should.

Obtaining your GED test or HiSET diploma will provide you with the opportunity to secure a better-paying position. This will result in a better personal income for you, and help boost the regional and national economy as well.

Even skilled labor apprenticeships nowadays require that you have a high school diploma or similar and if you want to go to college or university, you cannot do without a high school diploma or equivalent. Securing your GED-HiSET diploma is your first step toward a brighter future for you and your family.

In Pennsylvania, there are many locations where you can get well prepared to take the HiSET or the GED test confidently.

Check out the list above to learn all about Pennsylvania prep locations and this website additionally offers numerous free practice tests to help you get all set for the real thing fast. Students who pass the GED or HiSET exam earn the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma, the official Pennsylvania high school equivalency diploma.

 

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