General Educational Development (GED)
Community College of Philadelphia offers both GED classes and the GED test. For information about GED classes, please call 215-751-8376. Candidates will hear a recorded message of class times and registration dates. To enroll in GED classes, candidates must come in to the Enrollment Service desk located on the ground floor of the Bonnell Building on the Main Campus. Classes are held at the Main Campus and Regional Centers.
The GED test is administered approximately two times a month on the Main Campus only. Candidates wishing to take the test will be scheduled for three evenings to complete the full battery of tests. The tests are given on a consecutive Monday, Wednesday, and Monday evening schedule.
1st Monday – Writing (120 Minutes)
Wednesday – mathematics and Reading (Mathematics – 90 Minutes, Reading – 65 Minutes)
2nd Monday – Social Studies and Science (Social Studies – 70 Minutes, Science – 80 Minutes)
All candidates must register in advance to take the GED test. Candidates who are taking the test for the first time since January 1, 2002, need to report at 8:45 am to one of the following registration appointments for 2007:
The registration is held in Room BG-14 in the Bonnell Building on the Main Campus. The registration process will take approximately one and half hours. At the time of registration, please bring a valid Pennsylvania state photo ID (driver's license or non-driver's ID) and $75.00 non-refundable fee. Cash, check, or money order is accepted.
To be eligible for the GED test, you must be 18 years of age, a resident of Pennsylvania, not have a high school diploma or be currently enrolled in high school. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years old may be eligible to test if a written request is provided from one of the following:
- An employer for the applicant who must establish high school equivalency for job opportunities,
- A college or university official who will consider acceptance of the applicant on the basis of GED scores,
- A recruiting official for persons who wish to enter a branch of the Armed Forces for which high school equivalence is a prerequisite.
In addition to one of these written requests, all candidates under the age of 18 must provide a letter from the last high school that they attended stating that they are no longer enrolled.
In order to pass the GED test, you must have a total score of 2250. You also must score at least 410 for each individual section. If you do not pass the test, it is suggested that you wait 90 days before taking the test again. The cost for retesting is $15.00 per test. To schedule for a retest, please come to Room BG-14 Monday through Friday between 9am and 3pm. If you pass the test, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will send you a diploma in the mail.
People who receive public assistance may be eligible to have the Department of Public Welfare pay the test fee.
People who need special accommodations because of a learning disability must furnish the examiner with documented proof of the disability and a description of the accommodations they need before testing. The forms that need to be completed to request a special accommodation may be picked up in Room BG-14. Once the forms are completed, they are sent to Harrisburg for approval.