General Educational Development (GED)

The General Educational Development (GED) is an internationally recognized high school equivalency testing program. It’s a series of 5 tests for people who don’t have a high school diploma. When you pass all 5 tests, you get a GED Certificate. The GED is free for Nova Scotia residents.


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

  • are 18 years old or older
  • are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee/protected person
  • live in Nova Scotia
  • are not currently in school
  • do not have a high school diploma recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

GED tests

There are 5 GED subject tests. The subjects are:

  • English language arts reading
  • English language arts writing
  • math
  • science
  • social studies

To pass the GED, you need a score of at least 450 in each of the 5 subjects. Your official GED transcript and certificate will be mailed to you within 4 weeks of when you pass your last test.

Retake policy

If you don’t pass a GED subject test, you need to wait 30 days to try again. If you don’t pass the second time, you need to wait another 30 days before trying again. If you don’t pass the third time, you need to wait until the next calendar year. You can’t take the same GED subject test more than 3 times in a calendar year.

Test locations

GED tests are taken on a computer at a testing centre. Testing centres are located at Nova Scotia Community College campuses throughout Nova Scotia.

Accommodations for Testing

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

To request accommodations, complete an Accommodations Request Form and submit it, along with supporting documentation, to the GED Testing Service by mail or email.

Download Accommodations Request Form (PDF)

Once your request has been received (including all supporting documentation) we’ll provide a decision in 10 business days. If your request is granted, you’re responsible for following the instructions to finalize your Accommodations Request and schedule your tests.

Preparing for the GED

Many Community Learning Organizations in Nova Scotia offer free courses to help you prepare for your tests. There are also books and online resources to help you study for the 2002 Canadian GED test series.

How to register for the GED

When you’re ready to schedule your GED tests, you can register online through the GED Testing Service.


You’ll need to create an account if you don’t already have one. If you have questions or have trouble registering, contact the GED Testing Service.

Replacement transcripts and certificates

If you need a replacement transcript or certificate, complete the Transcript or Certificate Replacement form and submit it to the GED Testing Service by email or mail.

Download Transcript or Certificate Replacement Form (PDF)

It should take 1 or 2 weeks for your request to be processed.

If you passed all 5 GED tests and didn’t receive your transcript and certificate within 4 weeks of your last test, contact the GED Testing Service.

Contact Information

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

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