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GED Test Information

The GED test is composed of five tests:

  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Language Arts: Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Candidates need to meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 18 years old *
  • have not graduated from high school
  • have been out of the school system for at least one full year
  • be a resident of Ontario

* Candidates who are 18 years old must provide a date of leaving letter from the last high school they attended. Home-schooled candidates must provide written proof that they have been home-schooled.

A passing score of 450 out of 800 on each of the five tests is required to receive an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate.

You are only required to re-write those tests that you have failed. You are not required re-write tests you have passed.

If your score is between 400 – 440 you can apply to re-write immediately. If you achieve a score of less than 400 you must wait 3 months before writing again. During this time we encourage you to engage in extra study and preparation. If it is essential that you write again prior to the 3 month waiting period an appeal can be made to the GED Administrator.

GED testing is divided into two days, usually Friday evening and all day Saturday. Individual test times are broken down as follows:

• Language Arts: Writing 120 minutes
• Language Arts: Reading 65 minutes
• Mathematics 120 minutes
• Social Studies 70 minutes
• Science 80 minutes

Short breaks are provided between each test.

When you come to write your tests, you must bring an original photo identification with your signature, for example, a driver’s licence, photo health card, or passport.

All supplies, such as paper, pencils, pens, and calculator (Casio fx–260) will be provided at the testing session. You will NOT be permitted to use any other materials such as reference books, dictionaries, a slide rule, or your own personal calculator when writing the tests.

Day One

  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Language Arts: Reading

Day Two

  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

All tests are multiple-choice but both the Language Arts Writing and Mathematics have additional features. The Language Arts Writing test also includes an essay. The Mathematics Test includes the use of standard and coordinate plane grids and a calculator. Candidates are allowed the use of a supplied calculator for Part 1 of the Mathematics test only. All relevant Mathematical formulas are included in the Mathematics test booklet.

Applications and Registration

Go to our website: www.ilc.org/ged/reg_forms.php.

Unfortunately online registration is unavailable. You will be required to print your application form, complete it, sign it and return with payment.

  • Email: ged@tvo.org
  • Address: GED® Coordinator at the Independent Learning Centre, PO Box 200, Station Q, Toronto, ON M4T 2T1

Test registration costs $100.00. We accept money order, certified cheques, VISA and MasterCard. We cannot accept Debit Visa.

If you need to re-write any or all of your tests you are required to submit a new application form along with $100.00 registration fee.

If you need to cancel 1st time contact our office at least ONE WEEK before the testing date to reschedule. Failure to do so will result in a $25.00 rescheduling fee. Subsequent cancellations will require a new registration and fee of $100.00.

Consult our website for the location and dates of tests: www.ilc.org/ged/reg_test_sched.php.

It can take up to two weeks to process registrations.


If you have specific learning and/or physical disabilities, you may be granted special accommodation to write the GED tests. Accommodations can include: extra time to write the tests, frequent breaks during testing, a separate testing area, a scribe, a special edition of the tests, etc. To request special accommodations, you must submit a completed copy of the appropriate form with documentation along with your application form and fee.

Due to the time required to review these cases, you must submit your application form, GED fee, accommodation form and documentation at least TWO MONTHS prior to the preferred writing date.

Results Transcripts and Certificates

It usually takes 4 – 6 weeks for results to be sent to candidates.

Go to our website: www.ilc.org/ged/reg_forms.php. Use the GED Test Results Request Form. Please include payment of $10.00 for each for each transcript or certificate. Transcripts can be sent to universities or colleges upon request. Include your college or university application number.

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