Pennsylvania GED Requirements

In Pennsylvania, to earn your GED diploma, you need to pass 4 GED subject tests. Testing can be done online or at one of Pennsylvania’s official GED testing centers.

To register for the GED® test or the GED Ready® practice tests, you need to create your account on the website

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Pennsylvania GED Requirements

  • In Pennsylvania, the minimum age is 16.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds must meet additional criteria. They must, for example, hold parental consent and have permission from their school boards.
  • Pennsylvania requires test takers to be state residents.
  • Applicants cannot have a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • Applicants can also not be registered for another school program.
  • Applicants are not required to attend a GED prep course or attain passing scores on the GED Ready practice test, except when they take the exam online.

Pennsylvania GED Price

In Pennsylvania, the price for GED testing is $30 per individual subject test when taken at a Pennsylvania test center, so, in total, $120.

When taken online, the GED exam costs $36 per subject test (so, in total, $144); you should, however, also add $28 to your total cost since you are required to buy and reach sufficient scores on four GED Ready tests ($6.99 each).

To qualify for taking the GED exam online, you must first reach passing scores (in the “green” zone) on the GED Ready practice test. There is a GED Ready test for each individual GED sub-exam, so four in total, that you need to buy on the website for $6.99 each. So, your total cost of online GED testing will end up being $172.

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Pennsylvania GED Online Classes

At Onsego, we realize that, for so many GED learners, life can be quite hectic. So we designed a complete GED preparatory program with online GED classes and practice tests that make learning for your GED easier.

We cut up the entire GED curriculum into small, bite-sized chunks, and our video lessons cover one of these GED topics at a time. This will make you retain the presented information better, and you can learn with our short lessons whenever you’ve got some minutes free.

With our online GED classes, you will learn every single detail that’s on the GED tests, and we’ll also teach you the best techniques and strategies to produce correct answers to even very complicated GED questions.

Online GED Testing

As said earlier, the GED exam is available in an online format as well. In the past, you needed to take the tests in person at an official testing center, but that has changed. To learn all about the online GED exam, visit The online proctored GED test.

FAQ About GED In Pennsylvania

How to get a GED in Pennsylvania?

To earn your GED credential in Pennsylvania, you must pass the four tests included in the GED exam. The four tests are independent modules that measure your proficiency in Mathematics, English Language Skills, Social Studies, and Science. You may also want to see this page about the online Pennsylvania GED exam.

What are the Pennsylvania GED testing requirements?

GED testing is only open to Pennsylvania residents who never completed their high school education. In Pennsylvania, there’s no requirement first to attend a preparatory course or take a qualification test unless you take the exam online. Test-takers must be at least 16 years old, though 16 and 17-year-old applicants only qualify if they meet additional strict criteria.

What is the GED cost in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania GED test costs (for the entire GED battery) $120 ($30 per module) if you sit for the exam at an official Pennsylvania GED test center. When taken online, the GED exam costs $36 per subtest or $144 overall. You should, however, also count the additional cost associated with four GED Ready tests, which totals your cost at $172. Onsego’s My Advantage students get four GED Ready tests for free.

For more information:
Pennsylvania State Department of Education
Adult Basic & Family Literacy Education
Division of Adult Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Phone: 717.783.6861