Pennsylvania is using the new computer-based GED test for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program but additionally approved the HiSET alternative to be used for this purpose. In Pennsylvania, there are many locations where you can get well prepared to take the HiSET or the GED® test confidently. This post lists all.
Five HiSET and four GED subtests
The HiSET includes five tests (literacy reading, literacy writing, social studies, science, and math) that cannot be taken separately, while the new GED exam (four sub-tests; writing and reading were combined) is modular, meaning you can take one test at a time, and your scores will stand for two years.
The General Education Development (GED) exam and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) are developed to support adults with improving their professional options and the diploma allows for continued education at a college, university, or technical/vocational school. Check also our post on how to sign up for the GED exam with MyGED.
GED prep classes in and around (click on the city closest to you):
GED Requirements in Pennsylvania
- Minimum age: 18 years. For applicants 16 and 17 restrictions apply. Contact your nearest GED testing site
- Fee: $120 for the entire test ($30 per subject), HiSET $90
- Retesting: $30 per subject (GED)
- Pennsylvania residency is needed
- You cannot be a high school graduate or be 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.
Pennsylvania GED-HiSET testing centers:
Lehigh Carbon Community College, 718 Hamilton Mall, Allentown, PA 18101, 610-799-1940
Altoona Senior High School, 1415 Sixth Ave, Altoona, PA 16602, 814-946-8277
Monroe Career & Technical Institute, Laurel Lake Dr, Bartonsville, PA 18321, 570-629-2001
Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St, Bethlehem, PA 18018, 610-691-7200
Northampton Community College, 511 E 3rd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-332-8650
Floyd C. Fretz Middle School, 150 Lorana Ave, Bradford, PA 16701, 814-362-3845 x 5318
Butler Junior High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd, Butler, PA 16001, 724-214-3414
Upland School District, 200 West Ninth St, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013, 610-447-3733
Central Intermediate Unit 10, 1125 Linden St, Clearfield, PA 16830, 814-765-1131
Intermediate Unit 1, 1 Intermediate Unit Drive, Coal Center, Pennsylvania 15423, 724-938-3241 x 242
Delaware Co. Community College, 100 Bond Dr, Downingtown, PA 19335, 484-237-6245
Bucks County Intermediate Unit 22, 705 North Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901, 215-348-2940 x 1560
Easton Area High School, 2601 William Penn Hwy, Easton, PA 18042, 610-250-2481
Cameron County High School, 601 Woodland Ave, Emporium PA 15834, 814-486-4473
School District of Erie, 148 W 21st St, Erie, PA 16502, 814-874-6100
Center for Community Action, 195 Dr in Lane, Everett, PA 15537, 814-623-2002
Armstrong School District, 410 Main St, Ford City, PA 16226, 724-763-5256
Lifelong Learning Center, 438 Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, Pennsylvania 17931, 570-874-0137
Private Industry Council, 219 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601, 724-836-2600
HACC, One HACC Dr, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110, 717-780-2475
Tri-County OIC, 500 Maclay St, Harrisburg, PA 17110, 717-238-7318
LCCC Hazleton Center, 100 W Broad St, Hazleton, PA 18201-6304, 570-822-3728
Wayne Highlands School District, 459 Terrace St, Honesdale, PA 18431, 570-253-5900
Huntingdon County Adult Literacy Coalition, 54 Pennsylvania Ave, Huntingdon, PA 16652, 814-641-6408
Carbon Career and Tech Institute, 150 W 13th St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, 570-325-9364
Mountain View School District, 11748 State Rte 106, Kingsley, PA 18826, 570-434-2181
CareerLink, 1016 N. Charlotte St, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717-606-1389
Penndale Middle School, 400 Penn Street, Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446, 215-853-1029 x 1029
Lebanon School Services Center, 1 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042, 717-450-1500
TIU Community Education, 6395 SR 103 North, Lewistown, Pennsylvania 17044, 717-248-4942
Mansfield University, 20 Straughn Dr, Mansfield, PA 16933, 570-662-4746
Crawford Co. Career and Tech Ctr, 860 Thurston Rd, Meadville, PA 16335, 814-724-6024
Delaware Co. Community College, Rt. 252 & Media Line Rd, Media, PA 19063, 610-359-5322
Mercer County Career Center, 776 Greenville Road, Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137, 724-662-3000 x 1635
Delaware Valley High School, 252 Rte 6 and 209, Milford, PA 18337, 570-296-1850
Central Mountain H.S./AVTS, 64 Keystone Central Drive, Mill Hall, Pennsylvania 17751, 570-748-6584
Centr. Susquehanna Interm. Unit 16, 90 Lawton Lane, Milton, Pennsylvania 17847, 570-523-1155
Community Coll. of Beaver Co., 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, Pennsylvania 15061, 724-480-3422
Forbes Road Career & Tech Center, 607 Beatty Road, Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146, 412-373-8100
Lawrence County AVTS, 750 Phelps Way, New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101, 724-658-3583 x 7110
Lincoln Interm. Unit 12, 65 Billerbeck Road, New Oxford, Pennsylvania 17350, 717-624-6412
Newport School District, 420 Fickes Ln, Newport PA 17074, 717-567-2529
Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-968-8466
Norristown Area H.S., 1900 Eagle Drive, Norristown, Pennsylvania 19403, 610-630-5066 x 5130
Catasauqua High School, 2500 W Bullshead Rd, Northampton, PA 18067, 610-697-0123
Upper Bucks Co. AVTS, 3115 Ridge Rd, Perkasie, PA 18944, 215-795-2911
Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, 215-751-8006
District 1199-C Training Fund, 100 S. Broad St, 10th Fl, Philadelphia, PA 19110, 215-568-2220
Temple University (MARC), 1803 N Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19122, 215-204-8613
CCAC Testing Center, 625 Stanwix St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-394-6989
Port Allegany High School, 200 Oak St, Port Allegany, PA 16743, 814-642-2544
Montgomery County Community College West, 101 College Dr, Pottstown, PA 19464, 215-619-7327
Reading Area Community College, 10 S. 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19603, 610-372-4721 x5182
Jefferson County/Dubois AVTS, 576 Vo-Tech Road, Reynoldsville, PA 15851, 814-653-8265 x121
Ridgeway Area High School, 1403 Hill St, Ridgeway, PA 15853, 814-773-3156
Lehigh Career & Tech Institute, 4500 Education Park Dr, Schnecksville, PA 18078, 610-799-1361
Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St, Scranton, PA 18509, 570-961-7847
NE Intermediate School, Adams Ave. & Gibson St., Scranton, PA 18510, 570-348-3568
Shippensburg Area Sr HS, 317 North Morris St, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257, 717-530-2730
Clarion Co. Career Ctr, 447 Career Rd, Shippenville, Pennsylvania 16254, 814-226-5857
Somerset Co. Tech Center, 281 Technology Drive, Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501, 814-443-3651 x 6156
State College Area SD, 154 West Nittany Ave, State College, Pennsylvania 16801, 814-231-1062
Towanda Area High School, High School Dr, Towanda, PA 18848, 570-265-2101
Utica Elementary School, 3823 Academy St, Utica, PA 16362, 814-425-3279
Warren/Forest Higher Ed. Council, 185 Hospital Dr, Warren, PA 16365, 814-723-3222 x 23
Waynesboro GED Test Center, 702 E 2nd St, Waynesboro, PA 17268, 717-762-1191 x 1372
CCAC South Campus, 1750 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122, 412-469-6258
James M. Coughlin Sr High School, 80 N Washington St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, 570-826-7222 x 2
Luzerne County Comm. College, 2 Public Sq, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1992, 570-740-0601
Williamsport Area SD, 201 W 3rd Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701, 570-327-5500 x 3506
Wyalusing Valley Jr/Sr High School, R D 2, Wyalusing, PA 18853, 570-746-1498
William Penn Sr. High School, 101 W. College Ave, York, PA 17403, 717-849-1218
York Co. School of Technology, 2179 S. Queen St, York, PA 17402, 717-741-0820 x 4300
Westmoreland Co. CC, 145 Pavilion Ln, Youngwood, PA 15697-1814, 724-925-4133
State Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 If you have any questions, call Pennsylvania’s state office at: 717-787-5532.
GED vs. HiSET
The HiSET is cheaper than the GED ($90 vs. $120) and is available in both paper-based and computer formats whereas the GED exam can be taken on a computer only. Students who pass the GED or HiSET exam earn the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma, the official Pennsylvania high school equivalency diploma.
The HiSET exam contains five tests and the questions are multiple-choice, apart from the literacy essay part, and for the math section a calculator will be available. The GED exam is only offered on a computer and comes with four independent sub-tests that can be taken separately (modules) within two years and costs $120 ($30 per sub-test).
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 classes are offered (click on your nearest city above). Online courses are often also a good way to get all set fast.
GED passing score
At the introduction of the latest edition of the GED program in 2014, the minimally required score to pass each one of the four GED subtests was set at 150 (on a 100-200 scale), but studies indicated that this was slightly too high when compared to what graduating high school seniors must command, so the passing score was lowered to 145 in early 2016. The HiSET is scored in a different way.
The new GED exam
If you want to take on the GED exam in the near future, be aware that recently some significant modifications have been made to the GED exam. The most significant change is that the four-test series now is only available computer-based. You don’t need to bring any pencils with clean erasers anymore.
One GED test at a time
The new GED exam includes four independent tests 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! Your scores are valid for the duration of two years.
GED-HiSET and the economy
Nowadays, a high school diploma (or equivalent) 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.
No online GED-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. Beware that the GED and HiSET must be taken in person at an official testing center, the exams are NOT available online. Websites that tell a different thing are fraudulent.
Jobs with a GED-HiSET diploma
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.
The GED exam gets revised about once every ten years to bring it up to date with the industries’ ever changing requirements. Every decade, technological developments are integrated into the test and the requirements to pass the exam are increased. However, this is the greatest overall change of the testing process in its 70-year history. Gone are many multiple-choice questions in favor of essay-style answering.
These essays evaluate your writing skills as well as your knowledge of social studies and ability to think critically. They are designed to be more in tune with modern workplace requirements. By passing the test, you will be better able to deal with real life circumstances. As said before, you have to go to an official testing site to take the GED or HiSET, they are just not available online, although there are many fraudulent websites that advertise otherwise. Do not be conned by these scam artists, they are only interested in taking your money. Is a facility not included? Don’t hesitate to inform us here.