Students: GED Information

Do you want to earn your GED to get a better job or attend college? Please join us for our next Orientation Session, Saturday, January 13. Call to register at 570-421-0800, ext. 317. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to see if the library’s Success for Life GED preparation program is right for you!

Q. Are there other free GED programs in Monroe County?
A. Yes! Northampton Community College has an excellent program available at the Monroe NCC campus in Tannersville. They also provide ESL instruction. Classes at NCC run either four mornings per week or four evenings a week. For more information, contact the NCC Center for College and Career Readiness at 570-369-1883.

Q. How does the library GED program work?
A. One-on-one tutoring sessions are scheduled at the Hughes Library at times that work for both the student and tutor. When you and your tutor think you are ready to take the GED exam, it will be scheduled at an approved testing site. Northampton Community College, ESU and MCTI are all approved testing centers.

Q. What’s on the GED exam?
A. The GED exam consists of four separate exams. You do not have to take them all at once. The four exams are:

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) test
  2. Mathematical Reasoning test
  3. Science test
  4. Social Studies test

Q. What materials are available to help me study for the exam?
A. You and your tutor will both receive a copy of the Kaplan GED BookKaplan GED Test Premier workbook, the same book used at Northampton Community College.

Through the library, you will also have access to Learning Express Library. This database offers hundreds of free online GED practice exams. The test preparation materials and interactive practice exams are based on official tests. This service provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. This database is free to all library patrons. In addition to GED prep, the database also offers preparation for many career exams. First time users need to set up an account to access the exams.

Approved Texas instrument calculators are available for use within the library and may be checked out on any day a student is taking a GED exam at Northampton.

Q. Are there any costs involved in getting a GED?
A. The library does not charge any fees and makes the GED textbook and other resources available to the students and tutors free of charge. The official exam is administered on a computer at official testing sites by a company called Pearson/Vue. There is a $30 fee for taking each section of the exam, a total of $120 to take all four sections. For this reason it is important to practice with the free exams through Learning Express. You should schedule a GED exam only when the practice exams indicate you are likely to pass the GED exam. Your tutor(s) can help you decide when to schedule the exam.

For more information about the library’s free GED tutoring program, please email Deborah Pemberton at or call the library at 570-421-0800, ext. 317.