General Educational Development/ General Equivalency Diploma, (GED)
The Philadelphia Prison System is an Official Pennsylvania GED Testing Center. We currently have six certified GED Examiners who are all PPS Staff and have been trained and certified to administer the GED.
The General Educational Development is a set of five tests in the core high school curriculum areas of:
Language Arts: Writing
Language Arts: Reading
Mathematics: Part 1 (with calculator)
Mathematics: Part 2 (without calculator)
The tests measure important knowledge and skills that are taught and learned during a regular high school education. Some of these skills include reading comprehension, basic mathematics and basic English and composition skills. The main focus of the tests is on critical thinking and the ability to draw conclusions based on the information presented. The tests are not focused on rote repetition or memorization. GED testing is offered for inmates who are identified by the TABE.
Testing and Assessment
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
The test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a diagnostic test used to determine a person’s skill level and aptitude. This test is given to all inmates who do not have a high school diploma or GED to determine their academic level. Once an inmate’s academic level is identified he/she will be placed in the appropriate academic programs