Adult Education

Click here to download our “Free Adult Education In Philadelphia” flyer


The AIDS Library collection includes the following:

  • McGraw-Hill’s GED: The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Test (2 COPIES)
  • Contemporary’s Pre-GED: Language Arts, Writing
  • Contemporary’s Pre-GED: Science
  • Contemporary’s Pre-GED: Social Studies
  • Writing and Reading the Essay: A Process Approach

All these books are reference only, which means they can’t be checked out of the library.  They can be used in the library, however, and we can make photocopies of small sections of them for clients.

In addition, the Free Library’s Reader Development Program has a great initiative where any person with a library card can get free GED and literacy textbooks (up to three books per person).  Call 215-686-5346 to find out more.


For a printable list of adult education classes in Philly that are free of charge, check out the flyer attached to this email.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) has webpage of ABLE Providers in Philadelphia.  These are organizations that do GED prep, ESL, literacy, math, family literacy, and more.  (All of the organizations AND MORE are on the attached flyer.)

You can also search for ABLE Providers in other parts of Pennsylvania.

To help locate the right class in Philadelphia, folks can call the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy at 215-686-4400.  They will help you find the right class in the right location.

To find literacy programs anywhere in the country, see the National Institute for Literacy’s Literacy Directory.


The American Council on Education’s GED Test webpages has some useful information including:

To ask questions about the GED, you can call the American Council on Education’s GED hotline: 1-800-62-MY-GED.

A division of the publisher Houghton Mifflin has a website of GED practice tests in English and Spanish, all free to take without registering.

The website Study Guide Zone has a Free GED Study Guide that is free to download.

There are lots of other Adult Basic Ed resources online.  Here are some that I’ve found that look useful for adult learners and their teachers/tutors.  All are free, but some require registration.


For learning outside a classroom, see the PA Department of Education’s website on its Distance Learning Project, which allows students to study on their own but with a teacher.  Subjects include GED prep, reading, math, and employment skills.

For folks looking for job skill education, see:

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