Community-Based GED and Literacy Programs

Community-Based GED and Literacy Programs

Earning Your High School Equivalency Diploma

In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) is a high school equivalency credential available to PA residents who do not already have a high school diploma. This diploma is achieved in one of the following ways:

  • passing the Pennsylvania GED Test
  • passing the Pennsylvania HiSET Test
  • completing the 30 College Credit Option

To be eligible for the GED or HiSET test applicants must:

  • be a resident of Pennsylvania (must provide doumentation)
  • be at least 18 years of age (must provide documentation)
  • not posess a high school diploma from any other state in the U.S.
  • not be enrolled in any public, private or nonpublic high school

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the GED or HiSET test:

  • be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • not possess a high school diploma from any other state in the U.S.
  • be officially withdrawn from high school in Pennsylvania
  • provide a completed Age Waiver Form AND one of the following documents:
    • a letter from an employer, on company letterhead, stating that you must pass the GED or HiSET Test to gain employment
    • a letter from a college or postsecondary training institution stating that you must pass the Test for enrollment
    • a letter from a branch of the Armed Services stating that you must pass the test for induction, or
    • a letter from the director of a state instution in which you are an resident, inmate or patient requesting the Test.

No person under the age of 16 is eligible to take either the GED or the HiSET Test.

Some Facts About The Test

GED Test Information

  • The GED Test has 4 sections or modules
    • Language Arts (ability to read closely, write clearly, edit and understand written text)
    • Mathematics (quantitative and algebraic problem solving)
    • Social Studies (U.S. History, economics, civics & government, geography)
    • Science (life science, physical science, earth & space science)
  • The GED is a computer-based exam
  • You need a score of 145 on each module or a total score of 580 to pass the exam.
  • The GED is available in Spanish.
  • Pennsylvania charges $30 per module for the GED Test.
  • GED Test Preview Questions can be found here.
  • GED Preperation materials can be found here.
  • Register for the GED Test here.

**If you passed the GED and need a copy of your transcript, visit diplomasender.com. Only copies of your GED transcript will be available. Duplicate diplomas will not be issued.


HiSET Test Information

  • The HiSET Test will test you on the following:
    • Language Arts - Reading
    • Language Arts - Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • The HiSET is available in English or Spanish.
  • Pennsylvania charges $18 per test section or $90 for the entire exam.
  • The HiSET comes in a paper-based or computer-based format.
  • Download a HiSET Bulletin here.
  • HiSET Test Preview questions can be found here.
  • Find HiSET Preperation materials here.
  • Register for the HiSET Test here.

Helpful Links

High School Equivalency Options in Pennsylvania - download this one-page PA Diploma Equivalent Summary for a quick reference!

For more information of the PA High School Equivalency visit the Pennsylvanis Department of Educations's website: http://www.education.pa.gov

For more information of the Pennsylvania GED Test visit: https://ged.com/

For more information of the Pennsylvania HiSET Test visit: https://hiset.ets.org

Resources for Philadelphia Residents

GED, Adult Diploma, and Literacy Programs are available through numerous Philadelphia area organizations. The new GED test (revised in 2014) is aligned with Common Core Standards and meets College and Career Readiness guidelines.

As we compile more resources on these resources, we'll post them here. If you have information to share with our Region, feel free to e-mail us your links.

Below is information and resources for GED.

Office of Adult Education (OAE)
Since 1983, the Office of Adult Education (OAE) has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family and civic engagement. OAE is charged to work on behalf of literacy and workforce development programs to help the estimated 550,000 adults in the City who need to develop their workforce literacy skills, prepare to compete in our knowledge based economy, complete secondary education and prepare to participate in post-secondary programs. OAE works with community partners and stakeholders to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to a high quality education system, which supports personal and career advancement nd increased opportunities for adults in Philadelphia.

990 Spring Garden Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Streets
CCP offers GED prep classes to help you prepare for the Test. Classes meet Monday through Thursday for 2.5 hours each day, for 8 weeks. Classes usually begin in January, May and September and cost $80 per class. Click here for specific information about testing and registration.

District 1199C Training Center
100 South Broad Street, 10th Floor
215 568-2220
District 1199C offers the GED testing, English language and citizenship classes, Career Training and Youth Programming! Click here specific information about GED registration.

Temple University
Wachman Hall
1805 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Click here for more specific information about registration and testing dates and times. Or use the GED.com Website to register.

E3 Power Centers

E3 Centers Offer GED Prep classes, Job-Readiness Training, Post-Secondary planning, paid work experience, Life Skills and Leadership Development at 4 locations.

E3 Center City (JEVS) - 267-238-3180
E3 West (The Bridge) - 215-387-2134
E3 North (Congreso) - 215-763-8870 x7224
E3 Southwest (CISP) - 267-299-2513

Job Corps

Job Corps is a National Residential and Vocational Training Program for economically disadvantaged youth in the U.S. If you would like to find out more pease visit the website or call 215-985-3650.