Pennsylvania GED Test Programs
Ms. Janice Wessel
State Department of Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Pennsylvania GED Information
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above criteria and also provide written verification from your school superintendent or principal stating that you are withdrawn from school to be eligible to take the GED test.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?