The Pennsylvania GED

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The Pennsylvania GED can improve your future if you do not have a high school diploma. This article describes fundamental features of the PA GED test and how to get started on the road to fulfilling your personal goals.
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What is the Format?

You will be tested in four areas of study: Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, Science and Language Arts. The total testing time for all four sections is about seven and a half hours. Test questions can be in the form of multiple choice, drag and drop, fill in the blank, hot spot and short and extended answer. You will be provided a calculator in which to use for the second part of the Mathematics test; however, you will not be allowed to use a calculator for the five questions comprising Part I of this test.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

To pass the Pennsylvania GED you must attain a standard passing score of 150 on each test, or a total of 600 points for the entire exam.

So, what happens if you took the test and didn't pass? Don't worry. There is no waiting period for retesting and you can take a test in any subject area up to three times before having to wait two months to take again. There is no limit on many times you can take the exam in a year.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible to take Pennsylvania's GED if you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are 18 or older.
  • You are a Pennsylvania resident.
  • You aren't enrolled in a public, private or any other type of accredited secondary school.

There may be some exceptions to the above rules. If you don't meet the above qualifications, the best way to determine the most up-to-date eligibility is to contact your local testing center or check the GED Testing Service website at

How do I Register for the Test and What Will it Cost?

You are fortunate to be a Pennsylvania resident looking to take the GED, because there are over 150 certified testing centers to choose from. To find a testing center near you, go to, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 'Locate a test center in the United States' link.

The cost to take the GED in Pennsylvania is $30 per module. A discounted retake program is available. Check out to find out more.

How do I Prepare?

You are encouraged to attend a preparation class to improve your score on the GED. GED preparation classes are available in many areas throughout the state - and many are free. As the Pennsylvania Department of Education notes, you can call several hotline numbers to either reach an automated machine or a professional. You may also prepare for your GED online or by using workbooks and/or videos (many GED study materials are found at your local library.)

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