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 610-607-6227.

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 previous test takers: If you have taken the GED test after 2002 and have not yet passed the completed test, your test is invalid as of December 2013. You will be required to retake the full GED test beginning January 2014.

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.).