The General Education Development credential measures high school level knowledge and skills and is accepted as an equivalent to a high school diploma by 98 percent of colleges and 96 percent of employers.
Delaware County Community College offers preparation for candidates interested in earning their GED credential. Adult Basic Education levels and more advanced preparation classes are available.
Delaware County Community College operates as an official Pennsylvania GED Testing Center for residents in Delaware and Chester Counties. The GED testing consists of five separate tests: Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Reading. Candidates who successfully pass the GED test will earn a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma.
Who is eligible to take the GED Tests in Pennsylvania?
If you are 18 years old or older, you must meet the following criteria to take the GED Tests in Pennsylvania:
- Be a resident of Pennsylvania
- Have not graduated from high school or received a high school diploma or equivalency certificate
- Are not enrolled in a public, licensed private, registered accredited, or licensed nonpublic secondary school
- Can provide necessary documentation to prove your identity
If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you must meet the above criteria and also provide written verification from your school superintendent or principal stating that you are withdrawn from school. In addition, you must provide a letter on official letterhead from one of the following:
- An employer stating that you must pass the GED Tests in order to gain or maintain employment
- A college or postsecondary training institution stating that passing GED test scores are required for enrollment
- A branch of the Armed Services stating that passing GED test scores are necessary for induction
No persons under the age of 16 are eligible to take the GED Tests in Pennsylvania.
If you have a physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability that makes it difficult for you to take the GED tests, you may request special testing accommodations. Ask your test examiner for the appropriate request form and instructions. Each request is considered on an individual basis.
Passing the GED
There are two parts to passing the GED. First, a candidate must obtain a cumulative total score of 2250 (an average of 450 per test). Second, no test standard score may be less than 410. If these scores are not achieved, an applicant may retest. Because an applicant may take each exam only three (3) times within a calendar year, it is recommended that he/she wait 90 days before retesting. This allows time for applicants to better prepare for and pass the exam. An applicant may choose to retake one or more tests to acquire the score necessary to qualify for the diploma. It is mandatory that any test score below 410 be retaken.
For further information about the GED test visit www.education.state.pa.us.
Volunteer Tutor Program
The College’s grant-funded Adult Basic Education and GED® program offers volunteer tutors and volunteer classroom assistants the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
Being a volunteer requires your time, sincerity and commitment over a six-month period. Volunteers work one-on-one or with small groups, three hours per week and meet in a public place.
Our list of those waiting to receive tutoring include:
- English-speaking immigrants who need to improve basic reading, writing and math skills before advancing to a GED® classroom
- Adult students from Delaware and Chester counties who need to improve basic reading, writing and math skills before moving into a GED® classroom
- Students who have not completed their GED® credential and are in need of higher level math skills
Classroom assistants are needed to support GED® instructors and students in the classroom as they work to improve skills for GED® completion. Classes are held on all College campuses in Delaware and Chester Counties. Day and evening hours are available and are site dependent.
Volunteer training is offered September, January and April. To participate in our tutoring program, you are required to have or be pursuing a four-year degree, pass state and federal background checks, and complete a 30-minute College online training program.
If you have questions please contact Jenn Kacimi, Instructional Coordinator, at 610-723-1013 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in becoming a tutor or a classroom assistant, begin the process by clicking on the link below.