The HiSET and GED are both tests that can be taken in Pennsylvania in order to qualify for a High School Equivalency Diploma. They cover the same content but there are a few differences in how they are administered.
- The GED can only be taken on a computer, the HiSET can be taken on a computer or with pencil and paper.
- The HiSET consists of 5 separate tests, the GED consists of 4.
- The cost of taking the full set of GED tests is $120; the cost for the full set of HiSET tests is $90.
- The HiSET consists of multiple choice questions and one essay question only; the GED involves multiple choice, essay, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and technology-enhanced questions.
- You can only retake each HiSET subtest 3 times in one calendar year; you can retake the GED as many times as you like, though after the third time you take a subtest, you have to wait 60 days before you can take it a fourth time.
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Note that you must be a PA resident to take the GED in Pennsylvania.
To request copies of your GED transcript for Pennslyvania, go to Diploma Sender, which now handles all GED and HiSET transcripts for PA. You can order a transcript online or by phone. LUTHERAN SETTLEMENT HOUSE DOES NOT ADMINISTER DIPLOMAS. PLEASE DO NOT CALL REQUESTING YOUR GED OR HiSET TRANSCRIPTS.
Cost: $15 per transcript
Payment Method: Online payment, Money order, or cashier’s check
Public School Transcript
To request copies of your public school transcript, visit the Philadelphia School District Records Request Page and complete the Diploma Replacement Request Form.
Cost: $10 for the first copy, $3 for each additional copy, plus $4.15 processing fee for each mailing address.
Payment Method: Paid online through Amazon payments.
Private (non-Catholic) School Transcript
If the school is still open, contact the school directly. If the school is closed, you may request a transcript from the PA Department of Education by mail.
Cost: $3 per transcript
Payment Method: Money order or cashier’s check
Catholic School Transcript
If the school is still open, contact the school directly. If you attended a Catholic school that is now closed, you must contact the diocese in which the school was located, if the school was in Philadelphia, you should contact the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.