Canadian General Educational Development (GED)

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The GED certification qualifies an individual for High School equivalency (High School Diploma) in the US and Canada.  It is used extensively in Ontario and Alberta. The Canadian GED is equivalent to the Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate and the Alberta Certificate of School Completion.

Successful completion of the General Education Development Test places the candidate with the top 40% of high school seniors.

The US and Canada GED are slightly different – The Canadian version has questions on Canadian History and Canadian Government.

More detailed information on the GED and the American Council on Education Homepage.


Who can take the GED?

The age limit to take the GED varies by Province.

You must be 19 in: 

  • Ontario
  • Newfoundland
  • Labrador
  • Manitoba

You must be 18 in:

  • Saskatchewan
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • PEI

    There is a separate test for Canadians and Americans. You will need to check with your local Testing Center (Ontario, Alberta etc. ) for specifications of test fees and registration procedures which can vary a little according to the jurisdiction.


What is on the GED?

I am having difficulty understanding what is on the test



  • There are 5 sub tests
  • Social Studies (History and Government – Canadian or US)
  • Language arts, writing,
  • Language arts, reading
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts, Writing — 50 multiple choice questions, one essay — 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Social Studies — 50 multiple choice questions — 2 hours (75 min. for multiple choice, 45 min. for essay)
  • Science — 50 multiple choice questions — 1 hour 30, minutes
  • Language Arts, Reading — 40 multiple choice questions — 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Mathematics — 50 multiple choice questions — 1 hour 10 minutes.



What is a good score on the GED?

What is a passing score?



  • The score report is a total of all the five tests along with its average.
  • Maximum Score – 800 which will put the individual among the top 1%.
  • Individual Test Section – Above 410
  • Overall Test Section – 450
  • Each correct answer is worth 1 point
  • Passing scores are determined by the jurisdiction of your test center.


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20 thoughts on “Canadian General Educational Development (GED)”

  1. Hi, I´m not really sure if I understand, but does the person need to be a native American or a Canadian citizen to be able to take this test? Or can it be anyone from around the world?. Thank you.


  2. Hey, I was curious about if this was an online test or if i go to a place in my city for it? How long is prep usually for the test? I am also getting an educational evaluation soon enough, if i come up to have a learning disability is there aids in place for me ?

    1. Hello – you cannot take the GED online! Any website that offers a GED certificate online is a fraud. Your test preparation time will depend on how well you understand the material. Yes there are accommodations for student with disability/challenges. Talk to your school or college.

  3. In the above comments you state that the GED exams can be taken at age 16 in Canada. Ontario raised the school leaving age to 18, and it is my understanding that Ontario residents cannot take the GED until after they turn 18. If the other provinces still allow their students to sit the GED at age 16, then this is discrimination. Is there any way of taking the GED exams in Ontario before one turns 18 years old? Thank you.

    1. Thanks for the feedback – I have updated the page with a partial list of ages and provinces – Looks like you have to be 18 or 19 in Canada.

  4. Very informative content. Passing the GED test unlocks doors of opportunities that were once closed. It can significantly improves an individual’s life in terms of their further education and career. More or less 3 months of test prep suffices for one to get a good score in the GED, and studying for it has to be taken seriously.

  5. When I get ged can I enter the faculty of engineering and study computer engineering Without a high school diploma ? , and which universities accept this certificate in Canada?

    1. The GED is the same as a high school diploma – any College or University will accept the GED. There are different GED for Canada and the US

  6. Hello, I want to know if I can take the GED from outside Canada, like taking it online or something like that? And if no, is there anything like that an international student can take?

    1. Unfortunately not! Nobody has the exact same questions and they change all the time. You can practice with similar questions though

  7. I am very interested in this opportunity.
    I do need my highschool certificate as I only have one credit for grade 12.

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