High School Equivalency Options Summary

  • Eligibility Criteria

    The Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma may be issued to an applicant who:

    • Is a resident of Pennsylvania;
    • Is at least 18 years of age (or, for 16 and 17 year olds, has an approved age waiver from the Pennsylvania Department of Education);
    • Does not possess a secondary school diploma from the United States;
    • Is not enrolled in a public, licensed private, registered accredited or licensed nonpublic secondary school; and
    • Has either scored a passing score on a high school equivalency test in the same language OR has completed 30 semester hours of study at a U.S. accredited institution of postsecondary education.


      HiSET® Exam GED® Test 30 College Credit Option


    Test in five subjects

    • Language Arts Reading
    • Language Arts Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies

    Test in four subjects

    • Reasoning through Language Arts
    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Science
    • Social Studies

    Alternative for eligible applicants with at least 30 semester hours from an accredited postsecondary institution in the United States


    Passing score of 8 on each subtest, 2 on the essay and a minimum score of 45 on the complete battery.

    Passing score of 145 on each subtest

    Submit the following to PDE:

    • 30-College Credit Option application
    • Proof of PA residency
    • Official college transcripts


    Computer-Based Test:

    $93.75 or $18.75 per subject
    Paper-Based Test:
    $115.00 or $23.00 per subject

    $120 for all four subject tests (or $30 per subject)

    Cost of 30 college credits at the postsecondary institution

    Test Format

    • Paper-based
    • Computer-based
    • English, Spanish
    • Computer-based
    • English, Spanish