General Educational Development (GED)

Nova Scotia residents can now write the GED test for free.

The General Educational Development (GED) is an internationally recognized high school equivalency testing program. It’s a series of five tests for individuals who don’t have a high school diploma. The tests are in Math, English Language Arts Reading, English Language Arts Writing, Science, and Social Studies.

Once individuals pass all five tests, they will receive their GED certificate. Writers must achieve a minimum score of 450 on each of the five tests to successfully complete the GED.

Accommodations are available for test-takers who have a documented disability.

You can take the GED tests in Nova Scotia if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older;
  • a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident or refugee/protected persons;
  • a Nova Scotia resident;
  • currently not in school; and
  • do not have a high school diploma recognized by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

The GED tests are computer based and must be completed at one of the approved testing centers in Nova Scotia.

Testing centres:

  • NSCC Akerley Campus, Dartmouth
  • NSCC IT Campus, Halifax
  • NSCC Truro Campus, Truro
  • NSCC Marconi Campus, Sydney
  • NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) Campus, Lawrencetown
  • NSCC Amherst, Amherst
  • NSCC Lunenburg, Bridgewater
  • NSCC Burridge, Yarmouth
  • NSCC Kingstec, Kentville
  • NSCC Strait Area, Port Hawkesbury
  • NSCC Pictou, Stellarton

Rewrite Policy for Computer-based Testing

If a person does not pass a test they have a 30-day waiting period. If a writer is unsuccessful after their second attempt, there is another 30-day waiting period. If after the third attempt the writer has not passed the test, they must wait until the next calendar year to write that test. Writers must not exceed three attempts per calendar year.

GED Preparation Information


There are two Canadian GED preparation books:

  • Steck-Vaughn Complete Canadian GED Preparation (ISBN: 0-7747-1631-2)
  • Barron's How to Prepare for the GED, 5th Canadian Edition (ISBN: 0-7641-2959-7)

Books are also available at the local library.

Preparatory Courses:

Some Community Learning Organizations can help you prepare to write the GED. It is strongly recommended that you take advantage of this free support and service.

If you want information in French please contact : Sonia Losier at Université Sainte Anne, Phone : 902-424-8979 or e-mail :

How to Apply

Ready to sign up? Send an email to to get started. You will receive a response within 2 business days containing detailed information on how to register and schedule your test.

Transcript or Certificate Replacement

To request a replacement transcript or certificate, please complete the Transcript or Certificate Replacement form. The completed form can be dropped off at one of our offices, or mailed to GED® Testing, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, PO Box 697 Halifax, NS B3J 2T8.

Note: If you are requesting a replacement transcript or certificate, please expect 7-10 business days for your request to be processed. If you have passed all GED tests, and have not received your credentials within four weeks, please call 1-877-466-7725.

Accommodations for Testing

Accommodations are available for test-takers who have a documented disability that could keep them from taking the GED tests in the way they are usually given; test accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Once a complete GED Accommodations Request (including all supporting documentation) has been received, a decision will be provided within 10 business days. Once a decision is provided, the test-taker is responsible to follow through with instructions to both finalize the Accommodations Request and schedule accommodated testing through

Accommodation Form

Please complete the Accommodations form.

Return the completed form with diagnosed documentation to GED Testing Service - located in the Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

or mail it to:

GED Testing Service
PO Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8

or email a scanned copy to

Each request is considered on an individual basis.

If the accommodations are approved, the GED Testing Service will arrange with you to conduct the testing with the approved accommodations. There will be no additional cost for accommodations.

Contact Information

Labour and Advanced Education
GED Testing Service
Adult Education Division
PO Box PO Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8

Phone: 1-877-466-7725 (toll-free)