Work towards your goals one step at a time. Still Under construction use whatever you want!!

Pennsylvania GED Information


Pennsylvania Department of Education (

Who is eligible to take the GED in Pennsylvania?

If you are 18 years old or older, you must meet the following criteria to take the GED tests in Pennsylvania:

1. Are a resident of Pennsylvania

2. Have not graduated from high school or received a high school diploma or equivalency certificate

3. Are not enrolled in a public, licensed private, registered accredited, or licensed nonpublic secondary school

4. Can provide necessary documentation to prove your identity

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above criteria and also provide written verification from your school superintendent or principal stating that you are withdrawn from school to be eligible to take the GED test.

In addition, you must provide a letter from one of the following:

1. A letter from an employer stating that you must pass the GED tests in order to gain or maintain employment

2. A letter from a college or postsecondary training institution stating that passing GED test scores are required for enrollment

3. A letter from a branch of the Armed Services stating that passing GED test scores are necessary for induction
4. A letter requesting GED scores from the director of a state institution in which you are a resident, patient or inmate

How do I get a diploma?

Upon a candidate's successful completion of the GED test, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will issue a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. Only one diploma will be issued per candidate; duplicate diplomas are not issued. The diploma will be sent to the address the applicant provides. Transcripts are issued with diplomas and can be re-issued upon request. Candidates who take the GED tests before turning 18 years old will be issued diploma on their 18th birthday.

Is the GED test available online?

You can study for the GED online but you cannot earn your GED online. There are no online GED testing programs recognized by the GED Testing Service of the American Council of Education or by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Authentic Commonwealth Secondary School Diplomas earned by passing the GED tests in Pennsylvania are only issued by the GED office of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

How can I get a copy of my GED transcript?

Individuals who have passed the GED tests may fill out a GED transcript request form online, then mail in the form and $3.00 fee per transcript in the form of a money order. The $3.00 fee is nonrefundable.
Click here for online GED request form.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania GED Testing Locations

1)     CC of Philadelphia  1700 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia PA 19130215-751-8006 

2)     District 1199C Training Fund 100 S. Broad St. 10th Floor Philadelphia PA 1911


3)     Temple Univ. (MARC) 1803 N Broad St Philadelphia PA 19122 215-204-8613 

GED® Testing at Temple University

Introduction to GED® Testing

The General Educational Development (GED®) Program provides people who have not completed high school an opportunity to obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma. Candidates are required to take a battery of five (5) tests -

  • Writing Skills (75 minute multiple-choice and 45 minute essay)
  • Social Studies (70 minutes)
  • Science (80 minutes)
  • Literature (65 minutes)
  • Mathematics (90 minutes)

Temple offers the GED® Tests in three (3) languages - English, Spanish and French. (Test times vary for Spanish and French.)


GED® Testing at Temple cont:

At Temple, GED® Testing is offered on Saturdays (English and Spanish) and Fridays (French) at the Main Campus. All testing is by appointment only. To arrange for GED® Testing at Temple, call 215.204.8613, Monday-Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Click here for information about Express GED® Testing.

  • If you have never taken a GED® Test or this is your first time at Temple, your first step will be to register in person.
  • To register you must provide the following -
    • Proof of Pennsylvania Residency
    • Proof of Age (at least 18 years old). *See below for exceptions.
    • Government-Issued Photo Identification (current) with signature
    • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Payment
  • Registration will occur on scheduled Saturday test dates between 9 am and 1 pm. Call the telephone number above for Registration dates.
  • If you have tested at Temple since 2001, it may be possible for you to call for an appointment. Call the telephone number above for details.
  • New candidates should also register for on-line access to your account. You will have 24/7 access to your scores and will be able to print score reports, update personal information, get scores as early as 48 hours (2 business days) after testing, etc... You will need an email account. Simply go to and follow the directions. Be sure to bring the "Proof of Registration" and L5 forms when you come to our "in person" registration.

- If you have previously tested at a location other than Temple, you must bring an official Score Report issued by the Department of Education from the state where you tested, when you come to register.
- You may only take a particular test a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.

FEE: The battery of five (5) tests costs $75, and each test/retest costs $15.

*Information for 16 and 17 Year Olds

The minimum age to take the GED® Tests is 16. Candidates who are 16 or 17 years old may only test if they submit written verification from their school superintendent or principal stating that they are withdrawn from school AND a written request from one (1) of the following:

  • an employer for whom high school equivalency must be established for job opportunities,
  • a college or university official who will consider enrollment on the basis of GED® test scores,
  • a post-secondary educational, technical, and/or training institution official who will consider acceptance on the basis of GED® test scores,
  • an Armed Services recruiting official stating a high school equivalency is a prerequisite for induction, or
  • the director of a state institution in which the candidate is a resident, patient, or inmate.

These letters must be written on company/school/institution letterhead and signed by the appropriate staff. Persons 16 or 17 years old, who are under the direction of correctional facilities or parole/probation offices, are eligible to take the GED® Test while enrolled in school, if ordered by a court. In Pennsylvania, no persons under the age of 16 are eligible to take the GED® Test.

You must bring both letters when you come to register for the GED® Test.

GED® Score Reports

All official score reports are issued by the Commonwealth Diploma Program, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126.

Candidates usually receive their GED® Testing score report three (3) weeks after the test date. To receive a diploma, candidates must obtain at least 410 standard score points on each individual test, and a total of at least 2250 standard score points on the battery of five tests.

If a candidate fails, he/she should wait at least 90 days before retesting in a particular subject. Retests in any subject must be taken with a different form of the test. Candidates are encouraged to consider preparatory manuals and/or tutorial classes as means of sharpening their skills in the areas in which they failed. When a candidate retests, only the highest score of that particular test will be counted.

Additional GED® Test Information

For more information about the GED® Tests:

For more information about GED® Testing at Temple University, call 215.204.8613 .

Online GED testing Sites (Taking the test on the computer):

·  1 Type


Test on Computer



Center for Literacy, Inc.



399 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106




·  2



Test on Computer



Community College of Philadelphia



18th and Callowhill Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19130




3. Type


Test on Computer






4153 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104




·  4



Test on Computer



New World Association



9857 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115





GED Study Classes

1)    Philadelphia FIGHT

1233 Locust Street 3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
 (215) 985-4448 x171


Philadelphia FIGHT offers free GED preparation classes at ICJ, 21 S. 12th St, 7th floor. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 PM.  Tokens are provided.

The class size is small, fewer than 15 students at any one time, which enables the instructor to provide focused attention. Class work is based on the five topics covered in the GED test: reading, writing, social studies, science, and math. There is a combination of group and individual activities. Classes may be full because of the small size but you can contact us at any time to find out if there is an available slot.

Students move forward at their own pace, so the amount of time that they need in order to be ready to take the GED test depends on the individual. Some students need a few months, some need years. Of course, the more regularly someone comes to class, the quicker they will be ready for the GED test.

If you are interested in joining this class, or if you would like more information, contact Holly Pester, or (215) 985-4448  x 171.

ONLINE STUDY CLASSES: (still looking for free ones that are good)






GED testing services

GED test on the computer tutorial

GED products


GED testing Services


Practice taking exam:

Sample test questions

Try your hand at some sample test questions. When you’re finished, you can get more practice questions with the online Official GED Practice Test™.



Directions: Choose the one best answer to each question.

Questions 1 and 2 are based on the following information.

The history of the world is filled with stories of people migrating. Migration is the movement of people from one place to another as they seek a new home. Famine, overpopulation, limited resources, war, and religious and political persecution “push” immigrants to move to another country. Hopes for employment and a better life “pull” immigrants to new places.

Millions have migrated to North America since the 1600s. Spanish, French, English, and Dutch immigrants were the first European settlers to establish permanent colonies. They settled in lands originally populated by people from Asia. Many people from Africa were driven from their homes at this time to be enslaved to work in colonies in the Americas.

Throughout the 1800s, immigrants looking for employment came to North America from Japan, China, and southeastern Europe. In the 1970s and 1980s, Southeast Asians, Latin Americans, and Caribbean’s migrated to North America. Many of these immigrants fled from war-torn countries, political persecution, and economic difficulties.


Question 1: The government of a country may restrict the number of immigrants allowed to enter that country. These restrictions on immigration are most likely based on what belief?

  1. An economy can support unlimited numbers of people.
  2. The “push” factors justify most immigration.
  3. Immigrants enrich the culture of a country.
  4. A country has a limited number of jobs and services.
  5. A government should not interfere with the migration of people.

Question 2: Based on the information, which is an opinion rather than a fact about immigrants to North America? Immigrants…

  1. traveled long distances to find a better life
  2. migrated to find employment
  3. learned to live in a foreign culture
  4. escaped from political persecution
  5. found a better life

Find out the answers.


Directions: Choose the one best answer to each question.

Question 3: Clay soil forms a fairly effective barrier against the movements of water. It also swells and shrinks significantly as its water content changes. Sandy soil, in contrast, allows water to move freely and does not change shape as the water content varies. In which statement is the appropriate soil selected for its intended site?

  1. Sandy soil would make a good lining for a toxic waste site.
  2. Clay soil would work well in a drain field.
  3. Clay soil would be a good foundation for a large building.
  4. Clay soil would form a good liner if a person built a pond.
  5. A sandy lake bottom would prevent water from seeping out of the lake.

Question 4: A cook decides to recover some table salt that has been completely dissolved in water. Which of the following processes would be the most effective method of extracting salt from the solution?

  1. spinning the solution in a mixer
  2. boiling away the water
  3. pouring the solution through cloth
  4. dripping the solution through a paper filter
  5. bubbling oxygen through the solution

Find out the answers.


Directions: Choose the one best answer to each question.

Questions 5 and 6 refer to the following document:

How Shall Employees Conduct Themselves? 

Guidelines for Conducting Business with Those outside Our Company 

Our employees are the most effective advertisement of our values, beliefs, and abilities. Always keep in mind that when you are acting in your capacity as our employee, you are contributing materially to the public image and the ultimate success of this company.

Gifts for Influence  

No payment or gift of money, goods, or services should be given or received to influence government or business decisions. Accurate and complete records for all accounts will be strictly monitored for everyone’s protection. If it becomes apparent to you in the course of the performance of your business responsibilities that a payment of some kind is expected by your business associate, please contact your division president.
Conflict of Interest    

A conflict of interest can be described as a situation where a person has a vested interest in two areas of the business world that may give him or her an unfair advantage in business dealings. Our employees should be sensitive to any relationship that creates such a relationship—or even creates the appearance of such a relationship.  

Keep these rules in mind:

  • Throughout your employment period, be vigilant about potential conflicts of interest between this company’s interests and your personal or immediate family’s interests.
  • Don’t use your position with this company to obtain a personal benefit of any kind.  
  • Avoid any action or relationship that creates, or even creates the appearance of, a conflict of interest. For example, having an interest in a nonpublic company that competes or does business with our company or any of its affiliates might create the appearance of a conflict of interest and might prompt accusations and/or an investigation.  


This company respects your privacy, as well as your right to conduct your personal affairs without interference; however, you must make prompt, complete, and continuing disclosure of all facts relating to any factual or potential conflict of interest.   


Inquiries or investigations may be undertaken at this company’s direction by its attorneys, investigators, internal auditors, or independent public accountants. Employees should regard this vigilance as the company’s commitment not only to fair competition but also to the protection of its employees. Your cooperation is needed for your protection as well as that of this company, and it is a condition of your employment.

This excerpt is a composite of information from several business documents.

Question 5: Based on the information in this excerpt, what would be the company’s policy about accepting gifts or entertainment from people representing your competitors?

Accepting gifts or entertainment from people representing competitors would be considered

  1. dangerous
  2. practical
  3. reasonable
  4. unacceptable
  5. good business

Question 6: Based on the information in this excerpt, when is it permissible to give money that might be considered a bribe or a tip to a government official in order to facilitate business?

  1. It is never permissible to give a gift or other payment to influence government or business decisions.
  2. It may be necessary in certain foreign countries where it is expected.
  3. Payments to government officials can be made at any time with prior approval of the division president.
  4. Modest gratuities can be offered at any time.
  5. All payments or gratuities must be worth their fair trade value.

Find out the answers.


Directions: Choose the one best answer to each question.

Question 7: Last month, the balance in Tisha’s checkbook was $1219.17. Since then she has deposited her latest paycheck of $2425.66 and written checks for $850.00 (rent), $235.89 (car payment), and $418.37 (credit card payment).

What is the current balance in Tisha’s checking account?

  1. $921.40
  2. $2,140.57
  3. $3,215.27
  4. $3,929.92
  5. $5,149.09

Question 8: Byron purchased a $5,000 certificate of deposit (CD) at his local bank. The CD will pay him 7% simple interest. How much INTEREST, in dollars, will Byron have earned from his CD at the end of a 2-year period?

Find out the answers.


Directions: Choose the one best answer to each question.

Questions 9 through 10 refer to the following letter of application:

June 24, 2002

Jonathan Quinn
Employment Director
Capital City Gardening Services
4120 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016

Dear Mr. Quinn:


(1) I would like to apply for the landscape supervisor position advertised in the Sunday, June 23rd edition of the Washington Post. (2) My work experience and education combined with your need for an experienced landscape supervisor have resulted in a relationship that would profit both parties. (3) In May, I graduated from Prince William Community College. (4) Graduating with an associate of arts degree in horticulture. (5) My concentration within the program was designing gardens and choosing the appropriate plants for particular soils and regions. (6) I have also had considerable supervising experience. (7) For several years, I have worked with a local company, Burke Nursery and Garden Center, and have been responsible for supervising the four members of the planting staff.


(8) Our community knows that Capital City Gardening Services is a company that does excellent work and strives hard to meet the demands of its clients. (9) As my references will attest, I am a diligent worker and have the respect of both my coworkers and my customers. (10) I will be, as a landscape supervisor at your firm, able to put to use the skills and knowledge that I have obtained from my professional career and education. (11) I have included a copy of my resume, which details my principal interests education, and past work experience. (12) I have also included photographs of the landscape projects I have supervised as well as drawings of proposed projects.


(13) I am excited about the opportunities and many challenges that this position would provide. (14) Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.


Patrick Jones
1219 Cedar Lane
Manassas, VA 20109


Question 9: Sentence 2: My work experience and education combined with your need for an experienced landscape supervisor have resulted in a relationship that would profit both parties. Which correction should be made to sentence 2?

  1. insert a comma after education
  2. change combined to combine
  3. change have resulted to would result
  4. replace profit with prophet
  5. replace parties with party’s

Question 10: Sentences 3 and 4: In May, I graduated from Prince William Community College. Graduating with an associate of arts degree in horticulture. Which is the best way to write the italicized portion of these sentences? If the original is the best way, choose option (1).

  1. College. Graduating with
  2. College, I graduated with
  3. College. A graduation with
  4. College. Having graduated with
  5. College with

Find out the answers.



How did you do on the ten practice questions here? Each question is similar to questions that are on the official GED® test. Try more practice questions like this with the Official GED Practice Test™ online.

Do you want more practice questions? Try our online practice test, today.


Study Guide Zone: GED Test