General Educational Development

GED - The Key to the Future*

The General Educational Development Tests (GED Tests) provide the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma...a credential recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education and financial rewards.

What is the GED Test?*
The GED Test consists of five tests in the areas of language arts/writing, social studies, science, language arts/reading, and mathematics. The questions in each of these tests require you to use general knowledge and thinking skills. Few questions ask about facts, details or definitions. Even though you have not finished high school, you have probably gained knowledge and skills through experience, reading and informal training. The GED Tests are designed to measure the important knowledge and skills usually learned during four years of high school that you may have obtained in a different manner.

Who is eligible to take the GED Test?*
1. Pennsylvania residents, 16 and 17 years of age, not enrolled in an approved or licensed secondary school, must have one of the following:

  • A letter from an employer on company letterhead stating a registrant must pass the GED test to gain or maintain employment;
  • a letter from a college or university official who wlil accept applicants on the basis of GED test scores;

  • a letter from a recruiting officer with a branch of the armed forces;

  • a letter from the director of a state institution for residents, patients or inmates-no earlier than 90 days before their anticipated release or discharge from the institution


  • 2. must have an official school withdrawl letter stating last grade completed and withdrawl date.

2. Pennsylvania residents 18 years of age or older, not enrolled in an approved or licensed secondary school.

What is in a typical GED Test?*
With the exception of Part II of the language arts/writing test, which requires you to write an essay, all questions on the GED Tests are multiple choice. The questions range in difficulty from easy to hard, and cover a wide range of subjects. The content of the individual test sections is as follows:

Language Arts/Writing - (2 hours)
30% Sentence Structure
30% Usage
15% Organization
25% Mechanics

Mathematics- (90 minutes)
Part I (provided calculator may be used)

Number Relations
Data Analysis/Problem Solving

Social Studies (70 minutes)
40% History
20% Economics
25% Civics and Government
15% Geography

Science (80 minutes)
50% Problem Solving
50% Conceptual Understanding

Language Arts/Reading (65 minutes)
75% Literacy
25% Nonfiction

How should I prepare for the test?*
A GED preparation class is offered through the Community Education Program in the fall and spring terms. In this 10-week preparation class you will review the fundamentals of math and grammar and become familiar with the GED test format. The cost for this course is $85 and includes a GED preparation book and practice tests. Please contact the Community Education Office at 215-853-1029 for registration information.

*Information provided by American Council on Education

How do I register for the GED Test?
North Penn School District through the Community Education Program offers the GED Test. The 8-hour battery of tests is offered once a month on a two-evening schedule (Tuesday from 5:15-10:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 5:15 - 9:30 p.m.). Below please find the schedule for testing during the remainder of the school year.

To request registration forms, or for more information, call 215-853-1028 or 215-853-1029.

The registration office is located in the ¾
Educational Service Center
North Penn School District
401 East Hancock Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone Numbers: 215-853-1028 or 215-853-1029
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by mail to the above address.

What is the cost for the test?
$70 Payable at registration
Retest: $20 per part
Make checks payable to: "North Penn GED"

Where is the GED Test administered?

Penndale Middle School IMC (Library)
400 Penn Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

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