General Educational Development (GED) Preparation Program
To 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 610-607-6227.
The GED test is administered at Reading Area Community College several times each month. Pennsylvania residents (adults 18 years and older, as well as 16- and 17-year-old participants meeting specific qualifications) are eligible to take the eight-hour exam. All paper-based registrations for the GED test are completed in person at RACC's Berks Hall in the Cashier's Office. The fee is $120 for the full test or $24 for each of the 5 parts.
To earn a GED, candidates must demonstrate a specific level of competency in the following five subject areas:
- Writing Skills
- Social Studies
- Reading Skills
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.
RACC is also giving computer-based GED tests. The fee for the computer-based test is the same as the paper test, $120 for the full test, which includes the same five parts as the paper-based test.
Adults who take the GED test on computer are scoring higher and finishing faster, according to GED Testing Service. In fact, 88% of people passed the GED test on computer compared to 71% for those who tested on paper.
We're so confident you'll do well that if you don't pass your first GED test subject on computer, GED Testing Service will pay for your second shot! It's that simple. You pass or they pay. Visit GEDtestingservice.com/secondshot to learn more.
To register for a computer-based GED test go to www.GEDcomputer.com and follow the online instructions. You can also find tutorials on their website to walk you through the registration and scheduling process.
For more information on GED Testing contact RACCs GED Testing Center at 610-607-6262, ext. 6231 or 610-607-6262, ext. 5182.
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 610-607-6227 or submit your information on the ABE/GED/ESL form.
Additional Literacy Programs
Reading Area Community College also offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (E.S.L.).