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Preparing to Take the GED Test

GED® Testing

Introduction to GED® Testing

The General Educational Development (GED®) Program provides people who have not completed high school an opportunity to obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma. Candidates are required to take a battery of five (5) tests -

  • Writing Skills (75 minute multiple-choice and 45 minute essay)
  • Social Studies (70 minutes)
  • Science (80 minutes)
  • Literature (65 minutes)
  • Mathematics (90 minutes)

Temple offers the GED® Tests in three (3) languages - English, Spanish and French. (Test times vary for Spanish and French.)

GED® Testing at Temple

At Temple, GED® Testing is offered on Saturdays (English and Spanish) and Fridays (French) at the Main Campus. All testing is by appointment only. To arrange for GED® Testing at Temple, call 215.204.8613, Monday-Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Click here for information about Express GED® Testing.

  • If you have never taken a GED® Test or this is your first time at Temple, your first step will be to register in person.
  • To register you must provide the following -
    • Proof of Pennsylvania Residency
    • Proof of Age (at least 18 years old). *See below for exceptions.
    • Government-Issued Photo Identification (current) with signature
    • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Payment
  • Registration will occur on scheduled Saturday test dates between 9 am and 1 pmCall the telephone number above for Registration dates.
  • If you have tested at Temple since 2001, it may be possible for you to call for an appointment. Call the telephone number above for details.
  • New candidates should also register for on-line access to your account. You will have 24/7 access to your scores and will be able to print score reports, update personal information, get scores as early as 48 hours (2 business days) after testing, etc... You will need an email account. Simply go towww.ged123.org and follow the directions. Be sure to bring the "Proof of Registration" and L5 forms when you come to our "in person" registration.

- If you have previously tested at a location other than Temple, you must bring an official Score Report issued by the Department of Education from the state where you tested, when you come to register. 
- You may only take a particular test a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.

FEE: The battery of five (5) tests costs $65, and each test/retest costs $13.

*Information for 16 and 17 Year Olds

The minimum age to take the GED® Tests is 16. Candidates who are 16 or 17 years old may only test if they submit written verification from their school superintendent or principal stating that they are withdrawn from school AND a written request from one (1) of the following:

  • an employer for whom high school equivalency must be established for job opportunities,
  • a college or university official who will consider enrollment on the basis of GED® test scores,
  • a post-secondary educational, technical, and/or training institution official who will consider acceptance on the basis of GED® test scores,
  • an Armed Services recruiting official stating a high school equivalency is a prerequisite for induction, or
  • the director of a state institution in which the candidate is a resident, patient, or inmate.

These letters must be written on company/school/institution letterhead and signed by the appropriate staff. Persons 16 or 17 years old, who are under the direction of correctional facilities or parole/probation offices, are eligible to take the GED® Test while enrolled in school, if ordered by a court. In Pennsylvania, no persons under the age of 16 are eligible to take the GED® Test.

You must bring both letters when you come to register for the GED® Test.

GED® Score Reports

All official score reports are issued by the Commonwealth Diploma Program, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126.

Candidates usually receive their GED® Testing score report three (3) weeks after the test date. To receive a diploma, candidates must obtain at least 410 standard score points on each individual test, and a total of at least 2250 standard score points on the battery of five tests.

If a candidate fails, he/she should wait at least 90 days before retesting in a particular subject. Retests in any subject must be taken with a different form of the test. Candidates are encouraged to consider preparatory manuals and/or tutorial classes as means of sharpening their skills in the areas in which they failed. When a candidate retests, only the highest score of that particular test will be counted.

Additional GED® Test Information

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