GED Test In Canada- How It Works

The GED test is also available to Canadian students.

Upon successfully passing 4 GED tests (5 tests in Canada), students get their High School Equivalency Diploma. This diploma has the same value as a common high school diploma.

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The GED Testing Service (GED TS), the official GED® test organization, offers this exam for students worldwide, including in Canada.

Canadian students who want to prepare for the GED test can use GED prep programs offered by publishers accredited by the GED TS, such as Onsego.

Onsego offers GED preparation programs for the Canadian GED test.

Canadian GED test vs. US GED test

The GED exam in Canada and the U.S. are the almost same. The only differences are that the passage examples are related to Canadian History and Government & Civics on the Social Studies subtest.

However, the Social Studies tests (both Canadian and U.S.) check your reading comprehension skills, not your knowledge of dates or facts.

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Another minor difference is that the GED in Canada offers Reading and Writing tests separately, while the GED test in the U.S. combines these two subjects into one 150-minute exam.

How long is the Canadian GED exam?

For students that take the exam at a testing facility, the GED exam is administered over two days. Often, the tests are scheduled for a Friday evening and the following Saturday with short intervals between the five tests. The Canadian GED exam can also be taken in an online proctored format and then the five sub-exams can be taken one at a time when the student is ready, and in any order.

Individual subtest times are as follows: Language Arts Writing (including an essay): 120 minutes; Language Arts Reading: 65 minutes; Mathematics: 120 minutes; Science: 80 minutes; Social Studies: 70 minutes.

GED Canada facts

  • The Canadian GED exam is issued by the same organization that publishes the GED exam in the U.S., GED Testing Service.
  • The Canadian GED diploma is equivalent to a common Canadian High School Diploma and is accepted as such by practically all North American employers, institutions of higher education, and government agencies.
  • The contents of the Canadian and U.S. GED tests are the same except for the sections that cover History Government & Civics and the Canadian GED exam includes five sub-exams while the U.S. version has four.
  • The minimum age to qualify for GED testing is 19 in Labrador, Manitoba, and Newfoundland. The minimum age is 18 in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, PEI, and Saskatchewan.
  • On part 1 of the Canadian GED Math test, you are allowed to use a calculator that will be provided at your test center. In part 2, you cannot use a calculator.
  • To pass the Canadian GED exam, you will have to reach at least a scaled score of 450 out of a possible 800 on each of the five GED subtests. So an overall score of 2250 is the minimum requirement and averaging is not possible.

To summarize, you may very well use Onsego to get all set for the GED exam in Canada.