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Eligibility Requirements for High School Equivalency Testing

The Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) 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 has earned a passing score, on all subtests in the same language of a high school equivalency test (GED® or HiSET®)

Eligibility Requirements to Test at Age 16 or 17

If you are 16 or 17 years of age and have officially withdrawn from secondary school in Pennsylvania, you must meet all of the above criteria and also provide the following to meet the requirements of Title 22, §4.72, Pennsylvania Code:

  • Completed Age Waiver form for the respective test (GED® or HiSET®) AND one of the following documents:

    • A letter from an employer, on company letterhead, stating that you must pass the high school equivalency test (GED® or HiSET®) in order to gain or maintain employment; OR

    • A letter from a college or postsecondary training institution stating that you must pass the high school equivalency test (GED® or HiSET®) for enrollment; OR

    • A letter from a branch of the Armed Services stating that you must pass the high school equivalency test (GED® or HiSET®) for induction; OR

    • A letter from the director of a state institution in which you are a resident, patient or inmate requesting the high school equivalency test (GED® or HiSET®)

Candidates who pass a high school equivalency test prior to turning 18 will be issued a transcript. The Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma will be issued on their 18th birthday.

No persons under the age of 16 are eligible to take a test of high school equivalency.