Nova Scotia GED Test

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In Nova Scotia, the GED exam is offered for free. The Nova Scotia GED exam is available to students 18 years of age and or older. Canadian citizenship and Nova Scotia residency are required.

In Nova Scotia, GED® applicants are not required to follow a GED prep course in a physical classroom or pass the GED official practice test before they qualify for the GED exam.

However, since the GED test is quite challenging, becoming perfectly prepared for the five subtests is the key to your success. A proven way to prepare fast is by attending the Canadian online GED classes created by Onsego GED Prep, a premium course accredited by GED Testing Service.

The Nova Scotia GED exam is exclusively available in a computer-based format. Paper-based testing is a thing of the past.

What is the GED exam?

The GED (General Educational Development) exam is an internationally recognized HSE (high school equivalency) assessment. The Canadian GED exam contains five independent, modular subtests and offers adults who were not in the position to complete their high school curriculum the opportunity to earn an equivalent credential.

Students who pass the five sub-exams are awarded the GED Certificate, a credential that is, all across North America, recognized and accepted in the same way as a regular high school degree by practically all government agencies, colleges, universities, and employers. As said before, the GED exam is free for residents of Nova Scotia.

The five GED sub-exams assess academic proficiency in the subject fields of Mathematics, Language Arts Reading, Social Studies, Language Arts Writing, and Science.

The GED is quite a challenging exam that measures a candidate’s skills and knowledge at a level comparable to that of graduating high school seniors.

GED scoring

The five GED subtests are scored on a scale that goes up to 800. The passing requirements are quite rigorous, and the passing score is 450 on all five subtests and averaging is not possible. So, across the five GED subtests, your combined score must be at least 2250.

The five sub-exams contain questions that range from relatively easy to quite challenging and cover a wide spectrum of subject fields. In total, you’ll need a little over seven hours to complete the GED exam. Usually, GED testing takes place on Friday evening and the following Saturday.

GED eligibility requirements

Students looking to earn their GED diplomas in Nova Scotia are required to meet these criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must be a Canadian citizen
  • You must be a Nova Scotia resident or hold permanent residency status
  • You are not currently enrolled in high school
  • You do not already have a high school or equivalent diploma

Prepare well

We said it before, but please be aware that the GED is a challenging assessment. Your academic knowledge and skills are measured at a level that generally may be expected of students upon completion of their high school curriculum. So getting well prepared is your key to success!

Students used to online study programs may very well benefit greatly from the affordable, yet very complete online GED course designed by Onsego. The official GED organization, GED Testing Service, identifies this GED preparatory course as being 100 percent in line with the most recent version of the GED exam, a recognition granted to just twenty GED prep courses.

Onsego’s GED preparatory course contains tons of short video lessons that cover every single topic of the five GED subtests. These short, bite-sized video lessons make sure that the covered subject matter will be retained more easily.

There are also numerous practice tests that allow you to learn all about which subjects you already know and which subject fields require your time and attention most. You can read more about the Onsego GED prep course here.

If you take a timed practice test, you’ll also get accustomed to time-pressured testing. The GED subtests are timed assessments, and many people who failed the GED exam by just a few points said that if only they had a bit more time, they would have passed. If you take a timed practice test regularly, you’ll boost your important time-management skills and attain better scores.

Nova Scotia GED test centers

In Nova Scotia, the GED exam must be taken in a computer-based format at one of Nova Scotia’s testing centers. The testing centers are located throughout Nova Scotia at campuses of Nova Scotia Community College:

  • NSCC Amherst – Amherst Learning Center
  • NSCC Bridgewater – Lunenburg Campus
  • NSCC Dartmouth – Akerley Campus
  • NSCC Dartmouth – Ivany Campus
  • NSCC Digby  – Digby Learning Center
  • NSCC Halifax – Institute of Technology Campus
  • NSCC Kentville – Kingstec Campus
  • NSCC Lawrencetown – Center of Geographic Sciences (COGS, Annapolis Valley)
  • NSCC Middleton – Annapolis Valley Campus
  • NSCC Port Hawkesbury – Strait Area Campus
  • NSCC Shelburne – Shelburne Campus
  • NSCC Springhill – Cumberland Campus
  • NSCC Stellarton – Pictou Campus
  • NSCC Sydney – Marconi Campus
  • NSCC Truro – Truro Campus (McCarthy Hall)
  • NSCC Yarmouth – Burridge Campus

For more information, please contact:

Labour, Skills, and Immigration
GED Testing Service, Adult Education Division
P.O. Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
Phone (toll-free): 1.877.466.7725
GED@novascotia.ca