GED Classes & Testing

GED Classes & Testing

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 Reading and Writing; Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Candidates who successfully pass the GED test will earn a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma.

Community Education GED Program (Advanced)

This series of courses help you prepare for the new 2014 GED® test leading to the Pennsylvania High School Equivalency Diploma. Students should be at an 8th-10th grade proficiency level before registering for these courses. Call 610-359-5025 for course questions.

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Mathematical Reasoning 
CSP 2121 / Length: 12 hours 
Cost: $159
CRN 2259 Saturdays
Jan. 23-March 12
9 a.m.-Noon Marple Campus
CRN 2258 Mondays
Feb. 8-April 25
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus

Science 
CSP 2123 / Length: 12 hours
Cost: $99
CRN 3139 Wednesdays
March 23-April 27
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus
CRN 2261 Saturdays
April 23-May 14
9 a.m.-Noon Marple Campus
Reasoning Through Language Arts 
CSP 2122 / Length: 12 hours 
Cost: $99
CRN 3138 Tuesdays
Feb. 16-March 29
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus
CRN 2260 Saturdays
March 26-April 16
9 a.m.-Noon Marple Campus

Social Studies 
CSP 2124 / Length: 12 hours
Cost: $99
CRN 2262 Mondays
May 2-June 6
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus
CRN 2263 Saturdays
May 21-June 11
9 a.m.-Noon Marple Campus

ABLE Grant Funded GED® Program

(Funding provided by the Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education/ Pennsylvania Department of Education)

The mission of the program is to teach basic through higher level skills and to assist learners in developing the job readiness skills and credentials that will enable them to move into the workforce, training programs and/or higher education. Classes are open to anyone age 18 or older and are at no cost to the participant.

Learners may attend classes on college campuses and community locations. Classes scheduled during the day meet ten hours per week for seven weeks. Sessions begin September, January, March, and May. Evening classes meet six hours per week for 10 weeks. Sessions are offered September, January and April. Enrolled learners who obtain a GED® diploma are eligible for a College application fee waiver and invited to a graduation ceremony held annually on the Marple Campus.

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Testing

Testing Center Location
Delaware County Community College - Marple Campus
901 S. Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063.
610-325-2776

Registration for the Exam
Registration is online through www.ged.com. Please note: You must be at least 16 years old to sign up for MyGED™. Cost of test: Total test $120. Payment is made online. You may schedule for one or more tests at a time. The cost per subject is $30. Sign up online through any computer, tablet or smartphone.

The GED® Test Specifications
Four content areas:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) (150 minutes)
    - Section 1 (35 minutes*)
    - Section 2 (45 minutes)
    - Student Break (10 minutes)
    - Section 3 (60 minutes*)
    *The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
  • Mathematical Reasoning (90 minutes)
    - Part 1 - calculators not allowed
    - Part 2 - calculators allowed
  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies (90 minutes)
    - Section 1 (65 minutes)
    - Section 2 (25 minutes)
  • English and Spanish
  • 3 opportunities to test per year, per content area
  • Delivered on computer (not online)
  • Paper testing only available as an accommodation

The 2002 GED® Test
To request a transcript visit: www.ged.ed.state.pa.us

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.