Adult Learner

GED® Testing Service
1-877 EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433)
Last update: October 2014


NOTE - All Canadian provinces use the 2002 Canadian GED testing series,
not the new 2014 testing series being administered in the United States.

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General Information on GED
Testing Information
Rewrite Policy
Request for Special Accommodations
Replacement of Transcript or Certificate
Preparation for GED
Helpful Web Links
Contact Information
Frequently Asked Questions

General Information
The General Educational Development (GED®) test can give you the opportunity to earn an equivalent to a high school diploma. These tests are designed to measure the general knowledge, ideas and thinking skills that are normally acquired through three years of high school. Many acquire knowledge and skills through work experience, reading and informal training.

The GED tests cannot be taken online.

You are able to 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
  • resident of Nova Scotia

The GED testing series consist of five tests in the areas:
Writing; Reading; Mathematics; Science, and Social Studies

The composition of the GED test is as follows:

  • Language Arts, Writing - Part I & II - 120 minutes
  • Social Studies - 70 minutes
  • Science - 80 minutes
  • Language Arts, Reading - 65 minutes
  • Mathematics - 90 minutes

The high school equivalency certificate is awarded upon the achievement of a minimum standard score of 450 on each of the five tests.

Sign Up to Write the GED

Computer-Based Testing

Starting July 2014, individuals will have the opportunity to write the GED tests on the computer through GED testing centres. The following are the GED test centre locations:

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Location
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

US$10 per test. There are five tests to complete. A person can register for one test at a time.

Fees are non-refundable.
Individuals scheduled to write must give 24 hours notice if cancellation is required or a change in date. After 24 hours, the individual will have to pay the testing fee again.

Credit cards - MasterCard and Visa
Pearson Vouchers

Not Accepted: Cash and personal cheques

Sign up to Register:
This is the link to register -
Click here for steps on how to register.

Click here for steps on how to schedule.

Need help registering or scheduling?
You don't have a computer to register?
Call 1-877 EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433) - registration can be done by phone

Tutorial on how to use a Computer:

Tutorial on how to register and schedule:

Tutorials on Calculators:
Watch the TI-30XS introduction video (English)
Watch the FX260 demonstration video (English)


Paper-Based Testing

Some Nova Scotia regions will not have computer-based testing available until the end of 2015. Therefore, we will continue to offer paper-based testing in these areas.

$45.10 for 5 tests or rewrites.

Mail in registration is required.

This is the link to the application that must be submitted with payment to GED Testing Service located in Halifax, Brunswick Place, 4th Floor, 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578, Halifax, NS, B3J 2S9.

Schedule for Paper-Based:

Testing Dates

Deadline to Apply


January 23 and 24, 2015 January 9, 2015 Kentville
May 22 and 23, 2015 May 8, 2015 New Glasgow
May 29 and 30, 2015 May 15, 2015 Port Hawkesbury
November 20 and 21, 2015 November 6, 2015 Port Hawkesbury
November 27 and 28, 2015 November 13, 2015 New Glasgow

Fees are non-refundable.
Individuals scheduled to write must give one week notice if cancellation is necessary. After one week notice, the individual will have to pay the testing fee again.

Money orders are accepted (payable to the Minister of Finance).
Credit cards - MasterCard and Visa

Not Accepted: Cash and personal cheques

Rewrite Policy for Paper and Computer-based Testing
If a person does not pass a test they have a 30 day waiting period. If after the second attempt and not passing then there is another 30 day waiting period. Third attempt with no pass, then the person must wait until the next calendar year to write that test, and may not exceed testing three times per calendar year.

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; 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 Forms
Please complete one of the following Request for Special Accommodations forms that apply to you:

Return the completed form with diagnosed documentation to GED Testing Service - located in Halifax, Brunswick Place, 4th Floor, 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578, Halifax, NS, B3J 2S9. 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.

Transcript or Certification Replacement
Please request through completing this form and submitting to GED Testing Service. Link to form

Transcript or Certificate:  $19.35

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 available at your local library or purchased at any bookstore.

Preparatory Courses:
Some Community Learning Organizations can help you prepare to write the GED. It is strongly recommended that you take advantage of this service.

Please click on this link to see what organization is near you.

Helpful Website Link
Sign Up and Schedule for a Test
(ie. creating email account / scheduling / tests)

Videos to help undertstand the changes to GED

For Educators:

Contact Us
Toll-free line:  1-877-466-7725

Department of Labour and Advanced Education

GED Testing Service
Adult Education Division
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS  B3J 2S9

Fax number 902-424-1171


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