Pennsylvania residents have three options for earning the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Scores from the GED® test and HiSET® exam cannot be combined. Read more about each option below or contact the ALTA Program for more information 570-740-0325.
Earn a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma with one of these three options:
Pass the GED® test
Eligible PA residents may earn a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma by passing all four parts of the GED® test: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. The GED® test is offered only in a computer-based format.
Pass the HiSET® exam
Eligible PA residents may earn a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma by passing all five parts of the HiSET® exam: Language Arts - Reading, Language Arts - Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The HiSET® exam is offered in a paper-based and computer-based format.
Earn 30 College Credits
The Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma may be issued to an applicant who is a resident of Pennsylvania; is at least 18 years of age; does not possess a secondary school diploma from the United States; is not in a public, licensed private, registered accredited, or licensed nonpublic secondary school; and presents evidence of satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of study (in postsecondary level courses) at a United States accredited institution of postsecondary education. Visit the PA Department of Education website for more details.
Preparing to take a High School Equivalency test
The Adult Learners' Training and Assistance (ALTA) Program at Luzerne County Community College offers instruction to help you prepare to take a high school equivalency test (GED® or HiSet®). There is no charge for attending the classes, however, there is cost to take the actual tests. Although it is NOT a requirement to attend classes before taking the actual tests, it is recommended that you at least try a practice test to see if you are sufficiently prepared. ALTA provides the Official Practice Test for both GED® and HiSet® for program participants once they are enrolled in a class.
All prospective students are asked to attend an orientation which entails a discussion about what the ALTA Program and taking the GED® tests can and cannot do for them; Program requirements, area careers-in-demand, and goal setting. Students will also need to take a placement test before being scheduled for classes. For more information about the class times and locations as well as to set up an appointment for orientation please, contact 800-377-5222, ext 7325.
GED Testing Service (Free Practice test & Testing Centers) - http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/freepracticetest
HiSet (Free Practice Test and Testing Centers) - https://hiset.ets.org/prepare/overview
GED Video Partners Workbooks - http://www.cdlponline.org/gedprint/
PBS Literacy Link/GED Connections - http://litlink.ket.org/
Free Online Practice Test - http://www.4tests.com/
Learning Express Library (need a library card) - http://www.luzernelibraries.org/
Study Guide Zone - http://www.studyguidezone.com/pdfs/gedteststudyguide.pdf
Purple Math - http://www.purplemath.com/
Web Math - http://www.webmath.com/index.html
Khan Academy (math video tutorials) - http://www.khanacademy.org/