Listed in this article are all GED®-HiSET prep classes and testing sites in the Reading region.
Pennsylvania offers two options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the GED and the HiSET.
HSE testing is done at a level that is comparable to that of HS students upon graduation.
The GED must be taken on a computer while the HiSET is offered in both a paper-based and a computerized format.
The GED has four individual subtests (or modules) in Literacy, Math, Science, and Social studies.
You can take one (or more) of the four GED modules at a time as long as you complete the entire GED battery within two years.
The HiSET contains five subtests as it comes with two literacy tests, one in writing, one in reading.
If you want, you may also take the five HiSET subtests individually.
Reading GED prep facilities
Reading Area Community College Adult Basic Education Program
10 S 2nd St, Reading, PA 19603, Phone: 610-372-4721 ext. 5322
RACC offers also the KEYS GED Bridge program where students can prepare for and take the GED test while at the same time receive academic support to navigate college.
Multicultural and Literacy Institute (MALI)
201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601, Phone: 610-375-2316
MALI is a non-profit organization that promotes Education and Literacy via Cultural Understanding. MALI provides after-school tutoring programs, GED prep classes, and computer literacy programs.
Miller Center for the Arts (RACC)
4 N Second St, Reading, PA 19601 Phone: 610-607-6227
The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks *)
35 S Dwight St, West Lawn/Reading, PA 19609, Phone: 610-670-9960
Pennsylvania CareerLink-Berks County
1920 Kutztown Rd, Suite F, Reading, PA 19604, Phone: 610-988-1300
Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center
2615 Warren Road, Reading, PA 19604, Phone: 610-921-7300 x 7321
United Community Services YouthBuild Reading
1251 N Front Street, Reading, PA 19601, 610-374-3319
The Salvation Army of Reading
301 S Fifth Street, Reading, PA 19602, 610-373-5208
Berks Community Action Program
518 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601, 610-376-6571
I-LEAD Charter School HiSET Program
401 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601, 855-453-2327
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Locations around Reading (cities by alphabet)
Lehigh Valley CareerLink
555 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109, Ph: 610-437-5627
All Allentown area classes are listed here: Allentown GED Courses
Coatesville Public Library HSE Classes (DCCC)
501 U.S. 30, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320, Phone: 484-237-6244
Ephrata Middle School (Literacy Council – Lancaster-Lebanon)
957 Hammon Ave, Ephrata, PA 17522, Phone: 717-606-136
Hamburg Area Middle School
701 Windsor St, Hamburg, PA 19526, Phone: 610-562-3990
Harrisburg High HSE Classes
2451 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17003, Ph: 717-703-4300
Discover all Harrisburg area GED courses here Harrisburg GED Programs
Lancaster Adult Education (HACC)
1641 Old Philadelphia Pike – Lancaster – Pennsylvania 17602 – Phone: 717.358.2966
Check out all Lancaster area locations at Lancaster GED Programs
735 Cumberland St, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042, Phone 717-270-4222
Lebanon Adult School HSE Program
1 Cumberland St, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Phone 717-606-1793
Lebanon County PA CareerLink
243 Schneider Dr, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046, Phone 717-274-2554
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29
17 Maple Ave, Mar Lin, PA 17951, 570-544-9131
Norristown Adult School
1900 Eagle Dr, Norristown, PA 10401, 610-630-5066 x 6
You can find all Norristown area options here
The Open Link HSE Classes
425 Penn St, Pennsburg, PA 18073, Phone: 215.679.4112
The Open Link provides HSE (high school equivalency) preparation via an 8-week course that is delivered by a committed and experienced teacher. Classes meet two times per week for 2.5 hours, and issues addressed are the testing subject areas of the HSE exam: writing, reading, math, social studies, and science. HSE instruction covers as well topics such as essay writing and test-taking strategies. The Open Link (TOL) offers three courses starting in spring, in fall, and one in the winter.
YWCA Adult Literacy Ctr
315 King St, Pottstown, PA 19464, Phone: 610-326-7323
YWCA literacy center
1830 E High St (Lower Level), Pottstown, PA 19464, Phone: 610-326-7323
Lifelong Learning Center (Yorkville Center)
2221 W Market St, Pottsville, PA 17901, 570.628.5761
203 East Arch St, Pottsville, PA 17901-3512, 570.622.5253
Keystone Opportunity Center
104 Main St, Souderton, PA 18964, 215.723.5430 x 115
Abraxas Youth Detention Center HSE Program
10058 South Mountain Rd (Building 3), South Mountain, PA 17261, Phone: 717-749-3066
Not publicly available
Lehigh Carbon Community College (Morgan Center)
234 High St, Tamaqua, PA 18252, Phone: 570-668-6880
Literacy Council of Reading-Berks (Joan M. Breisch Adult Learning Center)
35 S Dwight St, West Lawn, PA 19609, Phone: 610-670-9960
Berks Technical Institute HSE Classes
2205 Ridgewood Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610, Phone: 866-542-8237
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Reading area GED-HiSET testing centers
Reading Area Comm. College
10 S 2nd St, Reading, PA 19603, Phone: 610-372-4721 x 5182
Montgomery County Community College West Campus
101 College Dr, Pottstown, PA 19464, Phone: 215-619-7327
Lebanon Valley College
1 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA 17042, Phone: 717-450-1500
The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks GED /HiSET Testing
35 S Dwight St, West Lawn, PA 19609, Phone: 610-670-9960
Check also Philadelphia area GED Classes
Who is the HSE exam for?
The GED (General Education Development) and the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) programs are meant for adults who never got their high school diploma, and GED-HiSET preparation classes support them in their efforts to secure a comparable diploma. The certificate or diploma that you are awarded upon completing the Pennsylvania GED or HiSET exam is accepted all across America as equivalent to a normal high school diploma by government institutions, businesses, and universities.
In Pennsylvania, students who are older than 18 and who don’t have a high school diploma, are in general eligible to take the GED or HiSET exam. The majority of colleges and universities as well as employers require that applicants have a secondary education credential (i.e. a high school or GED diploma). Visit GED-HiSET in Pennsylvania to see if you qualify. You can also check out this page that lists all GED prep sites in America.
The GED passing score
To pass the totally rebuilt GED exam, candidates need to have a minimum score of 145 points on each test, so at least 580 points in total for all four GED tests. The four subject fields are Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, and Science. The minimally required score was brought down from 150 to 145 a mere two years after its implementation because studies had shown that quite a few GED holders were doing better than high school graduates in college.
The HiSET contains five sub-tests and you need to score in the 8-20 points range to pass each of the five tests. Your essay result must be in the 2-6 points area and your total score cannot be less than 45. So passing the four GED test has become slightly easier as it was decided to bring down the passing score by five points to 145 on each test. Read the full story on this GED news page.
*) The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks
The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks provides educational classes and training to the county’s adult learners and businesses. The council’s program center on four key outcomes: to improve adults’ reading and writing skills, to turn them into successful community members, to get them ready for the job market, and to enhance their chances to become effective at work. The Literacy Council recently received a $10,000 grant from United Way of Berks County via their Rapid Release Fund to enable the realization of a night-time high school equivalency class.
The Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that by the year 2020, over 90 percent of all American jobs will be requiring at least some form of academic training beyond a regular high school education, and the GED program offers a great chance to earn a high school equivalent credential. The call for more classes where adults can prepare for the high school equivalency diploma was never stronger than today.
In Berks County, over 60,000 adults don’t have a high school diploma or equivalent. Thanks to this fantastic grant from United Way of Berks County, the council will be able to continue to offer adults the opportunity to get hold of this great credential so they can become productive members their communities.