Earn a GED

General Educational Development (GED) Preparation Program

GEDTo prepare a student for the General Educational Development (GED®) test of high school equivalency, Reading Area Community College offers preparation classes, free of charge, to adults in our community. These classes meet both days and evenings at different locations throughout the county. An annual graduation is held in late Spring. Tutors are available to help students achieve success in their classwork.

For more information on these classes, please call 610-372-4721 x5322.

GED Test

The GED® test is administered at Reading Area Community College through Pearson Vue testing. Pennsylvania residents (adults 18 years and older, as well as 16- and 17- year-old participants meeting specific qualifications) are eligible to take the computerized exam. All registrations, testing times, locations and payment with credit card are completed at the website gedtestingservice.com. Payment is required at the time of registration.

To earn a GED®, candidates must demonstrate a specific level of competency in the following four content areas:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Everyone who successfully meets the scoring requirements established by the state of Pennsylvania will receive a High School Equivalency Diploma from the Department of Education. This diploma is accepted, by law, as a legitimate high school diploma by business, industry, colleges, and most branches of the armed services.

Note to previous test takers: If you have passed part of the GED® test between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2013, you may be eligible to receive credit for those sections. You will need to create an account at www.MyGED.com. One of the questions during registration asks, "Did you take any sections of the 2002 Series GED® test in Pennsylvania between 1/1/2002 and 12/31/13?" If you respond "yes," the reply alerts you that the Pennsylvania Department of Education will verify your prior test score(s) and notify you by email with the sections of the 2002 Series GED® that you will be credited and not have to retake with the 2014 test.

GED Transcript Information

Individuals who have passed the GED® Tests may fill out a GED® transcript request form (online or on paper). Completed forms should be mailed along with a money order made out to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There is a $3.00 fee per transcript.

Transcripts can be picked up at the GED® office at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, located at 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA.

With the $3.00 money order and a photo ID, a transcript can be issued while you wait. Duplicate diplomas are not issued.

Download a transcript request form here.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program

Adult Basic Education classes offer basic reading and math instruction to adults functioning from a second-grade level to those reading on an eighth-grade level. All materials used in these classes are adult-oriented and address pertinent daily skills. Classes are free.

For more information on these classes, please call the Literacy Programs Information Center at 610-372-4721 ext. 5322 or submit your information on the ABE/GED/ESL form. If you wish to visit us in person, the Literacy Programs Information Center is located in the reception area of the second floor of Schuylkill Hall.

Additional Literacy Programs

Reading Area Community College also offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (E.S.L.).