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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  • A letter from the superintendent stating that they are withdrawn from the school and are permitted to obtain a GED, or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 2019, 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 9224. 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 Pittsburgh Literacy at 724-773-7810.

For GED transcript requests, contact the PA GED department in Harrisburg at 717-783-6788option 1. There is a fee for each transcript requested.

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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 image

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.

GED FAQ’s

Who is eligible to take the GED Test in PA?
If you are 18 years old or older, you must meet the following criteria:

  • PA resident
  • Have not graduated from high school or received a high school diploma
  • Are not enrolled in a public, licensed private, registered accredited, or licensed nonpublic secondary school  
  • Provide PA photo ID

If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you must meet the above criteria and also provide written verification from your school superintendent or principal stating that you are withdrawn from school.  In addition, you must provide a letter from one of the following:

  • A letter from an employer stating that you must pass the GED Test in order to gain or maintain employment 
  • A letter from a college or postsecondary training institution stating that passing GED test scores are required for enrollment
  • A letter from a branch of the Armed Services stating that passing GED scores are necessary for induction
  • A letter requesting GED test scores from the director of a state institution in which you are a resident, patient, or inmate 

Can I take GED preparatory classes? 
Pittsburgh Literacy holds free classes in several locations throughout Beaver County. Call 724-773-7810 to make an appointment, or for further information. Under the What is the minimum passing score.

What is the minimum passing score?
PA requires a passing score of 540 total points on all four GED tests. Each individual test score can be no lower than 145 points.

Is retesting allowed?
Yes. Applicants are encouraged to attend GED preparatory classes before retesting.

How do I get a diploma? 
Upon successful completion of the GED test, the PA Department of Education will issue a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. It will be sent to the address given by the applicant, along with a transcript. Duplicate Diplomas are not issued. 

When are GED tests given, and how do I schedule to take one?
You will pay for all tests online with a credit or debit card. Appointments to take the test are not available through the college. You will see all available testing sites when you enter your zip code.