Ontario CAEC Test

Canadian GED Replaced by CAEC

All across Canada, the GED exam was replaced with the Canadian-made CAEC (Canadian Adult Education Credential) on May 3, 2024. GED results remain valid for three years. You can read more on our page about the transition from GED to CAEC in Canada.

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In Ontario, the complete 5-test CAEC exam costs $100.00, or $20.00 per subject test. Registration for the exam must be done online on the CAEC website.

These fees are applied to the GED exam, and we assume that they will also be applied to the new Canadian CAEC exam.

Onsego offers online CAEC prep classes. For more information and to register for the exam, visit this Ontario Educational Communications Authority page.

CAEC testers need to be Ontario residents and 18 years old or older. Applicants 18 years of age must also provide a “date of leaving letter” issued by the last high school they attended, and home-schooled test-takers must submit proof that they were home-schooled.

For success on the CAEC exam, proper preparation is required, and one of the best ways to get all set fast is by attending the Canadian online CAEC classes provided by Onsego GED Prep, a course qualified by GED Testing Service® as fully GED test-aligned. Onsego has created a CAEC-aligned version as well.

The CAEC (Canadian Adult Education Credential) exam is offered throughout Ontario and in French and English. The Ontario CAEC exam is usually given over two days, usually starting on Friday evenings and continuing on Saturday mornings.

If you want to take the CAEC exam in another province or territory, please note that not all Canadian provinces allow students from other provinces or territories to take the exam there, so please be well informed.

In Ontario, CAEC applicants don’t have to register for a prep course or attain sufficient results on the CAEC official practice test prior to registration. In Ontario, paper-based CAEC testing is NOT possible. All candidates must take five CAEC sub-exams on a computer.

What is the CAEC diploma?

  • The CAEC diploma is Ontario’s HSE (high school equivalency) certificate for adults who could not complete their high school education.
  • The diploma is recognized and accepted by employers, schools of post-secondary education, the Ontario government, other Canadian governments, and across North America.
  • The CAEC credential allows for a college education and will certainly lead to better employment options.

The CAEC exam includes five independent, separate sub-exams (modules) that assess a candidate’s proficiency in the academic subject areas of Language Arts Reading, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts Writing, and Mathematics.

Challenging Exam

The five CAEC sub-exams measure analytical thinking skills and academic proficiency at a level similar to that of students after their years in high school. The CAEC passing standards are rigorous; some 40% of high school graduates would fail the GED exam on the first try.

The CAEC test questions range from quite easy to challenging, and they cover a wide array of subject areas. The full exam will take around 7.5 hours to complete.

The CAEC exam is Canada’s HSE (high school equivalency) exam. It provides adult learners who never completed their high school curriculum with one more chance to secure a secondary education degree that’s accepted just like a common high school diploma.

Ontario CAEC qualification requirements

To qualify for the Ontario CAEC exam, applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens and residents of Ontario
  • at least 18 years old or older
  • 18-year-olds must submit additional documentation
  • not already have a high school or equivalent diploma
  • have been out of Ontario’s public school system for at least one year

Preparation is key!

As said earlier, the CAEC exam is challenging. Your knowledge is measured at a level that’s similar to that of high school seniors upon graduation, so getting optimally prepared is the key to your success!

We work with the online CAEC prep program designed by Onsego. GED Testing Service, the creator and publisher of the GED test, identifies Onsego’s comprehensive but very affordable online GED prep course as totally in line with the most recent GED exam, a qualification that is awarded to only 20 GED online preparatory courses. Onsego has designed a Canadian version as well!

Onsego’s entertaining CAEC prep program includes lots of short video lessons that explain each and every topic found on the CAEC exam. The sort, bite-sized video lessons allow you to retain the covered subjects more easily.

Practice tests

The Onsego CAEC prep course also includes tons of practice tests so you can check your knowledge. This way, you’ll learn all about your weak and strong points and identify the subject areas that you’ll have to center on most.

There are also timed practice tests. so you can get accustomed to the CAEC testing format. This is important because timed tests help you to become optimally prepared and learn how to score well under time pressure.

Some CAEC students study better when guided by an instructor in a brick-and-mortar classroom. But there are also students who are self-disciplined and like to study independently with books or a top-notch, accredited online CAEC preparatory course. For these students, the online CAEC prep course designed by Onsego is a fantastic option.

Online learning gives you lots of flexibility. It allows you to study where you want, at times that fit your schedule, and it will save you lots of time and money as there’s no need to travel to and from a physical prep facility.

Ontario’s ACE Program

For adult learners looking to brush up on their skills to ace their future, Ontario’s community colleges offer the ACE (Academic & Career Entrance) program. This high school equivalency program is delivered in class and online through ACE Distance by the College Committee for Academic Upgrading.

Ontario’s ACE program provides courses in mathematics, language arts, the sciences, personal management, and computer/keyboarding skills. The ACE Certificate is accepted in lieu of an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) by community colleges in Ontario and government agencies.

At this time, we do not know if this option remains open to students in Ontario or if the CAEC will replace the ACE program as well. We will keep you informed!

Ontario CAEC testing centers

Eastview College Business Health Technology, 239 Queen St E, Unit 22, Brampton, ON L6W 2B6, Ph: (905) 497-0507
Canadian College of Business, Science & Technology Inc, 350 Rutherford Rd S, #110, Brampton, ON L6W 4N6, Ph: (905) 488-5627
triOS College, 4 Hughson St S, 5th Fl, Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z1, Ph: (905) 528-8972
Academy of Learning Career & Business College, 1469 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7M 3E9, Ph: (613) 544-8973
Pathways Educational Services Inc, 248 Stirling Ave S, Unit 3, Kitchener, ON N2G 4L1, Ph: (519) 772-1477
BITTS International Career College, 230-7895 Tranmere Dr, Mississauga, ON L5S 1V9, Ph: (866) 399-2055
ITechSkills Academy, 2550 Argentia Rd, Unit 115, Mississauga, ON L5N 5R1, Ph: (289) 914-0235
Mississauga Career College, 6341 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 1A5, Ph: (905) 813-8883
Mississauga College of Technology, 33 City Centre Dr, Ste 240, Mississauga, ON L5B 2N5, Ph: (905) 32-8628
CIMT-Mississauga, 250 Dundas St W, Suite 105, Mississauga, ON L5B 1J2, Ph: (905) 671-9999
Canadian Institute of Telecommunications, 7200 Goreway Dr, Ste 100, Mississauga, ON L4T 2T7, Ph: (905) 671-9999
Infoventure Technologies Inc, 1351 Matheson Blvd E, Unit 20, Mississauga, ON L4W 2A1, Ph: (905) 625-2727
Network Expert Inc, Unit 203, 5170 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 1E3, Ph: (877) 706-3933
North York
Ontario Learning Development Foundation Inc, 87 Irondale Dr, 2nd fl, Ste 200, North York, ON M9L 2S6, Ph: (416) 628-3786
Willis College, 20-1200 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1K 3B8, Ph: (613) 233-1128
Pearson Professional Centres, 11 Holland Ave, Ste 512, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4S1, Ph: (613) 695-9600
Owen Sound
Academy of Learning Career College, 1043 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H8, Ph: (519) 371-6188
CCBST College, 4900 Sheppard Ave E, Suite 208, Scarborough, ON M1S 4A7, Ph: (416) 850-6028
CIMT College, 1711 McCowan Rd, Ste 202, Scarborough, ON M1S 2Y3, Ph: (905) 671-9999
NetPLUS College of Information Technology, 1891 Kennedy Rd, Unit 3, Scarborough, ON M1P 2L9, Ph: (416) 292-0003
Ferro Technics Inc, 1580 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3G9, Ph: (416) 297-0008
College Boreal, 21 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON P3A 6B1, Ph: (705) 560-6673
Thunder Bay
Confederation College, 1450 Nakina Dr, Thunder Bay, P7C 4W1, Ph: (807) 475-6476
TVO ILC, 2180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 2T1, Ph: (416) 484-2704
Pearson Professional Centres (Midtown), 21 St. Clair Ave E, Ste 501, Toronto, ON M4T 1L9, Ph: (416) 962-2167
Pearson Professional Centres (Downtown), 1075 Bay St, Ste 525, Toronto, ON M5S 2B1, Ph: (416) 925-2786
Pearson Professional Centres (West), 1 Eva Rd, Ste 400, Toronto, ON M9C 4Z5, Ph: (416) 620-9111
Humber College, 30 Carrier Dr, Toronto, ON M9W 5T7, Ph: (416) 675-6622
triOS College, 425 Bloor St E, Ste 200, Toronto, ON M4W 3R4, Ph: (416) 922-4250
Yukon Consulting Services, 4789 Yonge St, Ste 414, Toronto, ON M2N 0G3, Ph: (647) 799-0666
Voice Boot Camp, 705 Progress Ave, Unit 110, (Office Building), Toronto, ON M1H 2X1, Ph: (866) 777-0060

The above-listed facilities administered the GED test, and we assume that they will administer the new CAEC exam as well, though that may be uncertain for Pearson Professional Centers since Pearson co-owns the GED test. Please get well-informed!