GED Preparation & Testing
GED® is for you if you want to:
- Receive a high school equivalency certificate
- Apply for admission to an educational or training institution
- Enter an apprenticeship program
- Qualify for employment
- Gain a promotion within your own organization
Many colleges of applied arts and technology and universities accept satisfactory GED® scores as one factor in their assessment for admission as a mature student. However, the Ministry of Education cannot guarantee that the certificate will be accepted by employers, post-secondary institutions or trainers in every instance.
What is the GED?
- The GED® test allows people who have not finished secondary school the opportunity to earn an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate signed by the Minister of Education.
- The GED® was established in 1942 and is recognized throughout Canada and the United States.
- TVO ILC is Ontario’s sole provider of the GED® test.
- Click here to learn more.
- The GED® test is made up of 5 subjects, broken into separate exams.
- If you take the test on computer, you don’t have to take all 5 tests at once.
- Instead, you can space them out however it suits you and go at your own pace.
- Click here to learn more about the GED Test Subjects.
Click on the Create an Account link to register for GED®, book your GED® tests and access candidate services!
- You choose how to prepare for the GED® test.
- You can find local GED® classes or study at your own pace with books or digital materials.
- Check here for Study and Test Tips from the Independent Learning Centre.
- If you would like to study on your own, we recommend using: The Complete Canadian GED Preparation Handbook by Steck Vaughn. It is available through Amazon.ca or Chapters.
Take the Test
- Once you’re ready, you will schedule your GED® test and take it at an official GED® test center.
- If you are testing on computer, simply log into your GED® account and select a day and time at a center near you.
- If you are testing on paper, you can schedule your test through your local test center.
What to bring on Test Day
When you come to write your tests, you must bring any one of following forms of identification to complete your registration:
- Government-issued driver’s license
- Permanent resident card
- Military identification card
- Province identification card
GED Calculator Policy:
All GED tests have an onscreen TI-30XS calculator.
Depending on the exam and the test center location, specific calculator models are sometimes permitted. In these situations, the candidate can bring a personal calculator or request a test center calculator (if the exact model is available).
The Casio fx-260 and TI-30XS models are the only approved handheld calculators in Canada.
Standard Passing Score:
You are required to score 450 on each test subject in order to pass and earn your GED® credential in Canada.
Test Retake Policies
If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?
- In Ontario, if your score is between 400 – 440 you can apply to re-write the test immediately.
- If you achieve a score of less than 400 you must wait 3 months before writing the test again.
- Tests may only be written twice per calendar year.
- If it is essential that you write the test again, prior to the 3 month waiting period, or you need to write more than twice in a year, an appeal can be made to the GED(r) Administrator