General Educational Development (GED)
General Educational Development (GED) is currently using the 2002 test series. The 2002 computer-based test series is guaranteed until December 31, 2019.
After this date, any incomplete testing from this series will no longer be valid. Decisions about the future of GED testing are made at the national level.
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.
Special accommodations are available for test-takers who have a documented disability.
You can take the GED tests in Nova Scotia if you:
- are at least 19 years of age on the date of the test;
- have not received a grade 12 graduation certificate from any institution;
- have been out of the public-school system for at least one year; and
- are a resident of Nova Scotia
The GED tests are computer based and must be completed at one of the approved testing centers in Nova Scotia.
- 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
Rewrite Policy for Paper and 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.
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.
How to Apply
Ready to sign up? Send an email to GED@novascotia.ca 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. There is a $19.35 fee for this service. The completed form and payment can 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 have passed all GED tests, and have not received your credentials within four weeks, please call 1-877-466-7725.
Special Accommodations for Testing
If you have a documented disability that could keep you from taking the GED tests in the way they are usually given, you may be entitled to modified testing accommodations.
Accommodations are available for people with (but not limited to) the following:
- Physical disabilities (such as blindness, low vision, deafness, impaired hearing, or mobility impairments);
- Learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, receptive aphasia, or written language disorder);
- Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder;
- Psychological disabilities (such as bipolar disorder or Tourette’s syndrome);
- Chronic health issues.
Accommodations may include:
- Audiocassette edition
- Braille edition
- Large-print edition (no documentation required)
- Vision-enhancing technologies
- Use of video equipment for candidates who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in composing the Language Arts, Writing essay
- Use of a talking calculator or abacus
- Certified sign-language interpreter; use of a scribe
- Extended time with supervised extra breaks
- Use of a private room
- One-on-one testing at a health facility
- Other reasonable accommodations as warranted, based on individual needs
Special Accommodation Form
Please complete the Special 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 GED@novascotia.ca.
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.