Sometimes called a General Equivalency Diploma, the GED® is a computer-based test offered at various test sites in Pennsylvania (see below). To earn a GED credential, a student must pass four subject tests, with a passing score on each. Earning a GED generally is recognized as having the qualifications equivalent to a high school diploma. For more information and/or to register for a test, visit www.ged.com.
Students must be 18 years or older. All students are assessed before being placed in a class or with a tutor. Interested adults must call to register for orientation and assessment at 610.876.4811.
In January 2014, the GED Testing Service changed the GED test. The content of the new test is more complex than the previous test, and the test is now administered on the computer.
Not having a high school diploma can hurt a person’s ability to get a job and to earn a living wage once employed. In Delaware County there are 50,400 adults, 9% of our population, who did not complete high school. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that people without a high school diploma or GED have an unemployment rate 50% higher than people with a diploma or GED.
According to the GED Testing Service, adults who take the GED test on computer are finishing faster and scoring higher. The video below clarifies the difference between a computer-based test and an on-line test (which is not an option for the GED).