What is GED® Testing?
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GED® Testing is for adults who left high school without a diploma. The GED® was established in 1942 and is recognized throughout Canada and the United States.
People who take and pass the GED® tests earn an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate. The ILC is the exclusive provider of GED® Testing in Ontario.
What the Tests Show
The GED® Tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to demonstrate high-school level knowledge and skills.
Why People Write the GED® Tests
The GED® Tests are for you if you want to:
- receive a high school equivalency certificate
- qualify for employment
- gain promotion within your own organization
- apply for admission to an educational or training institution
- enter an apprenticeship program
Who Can Take the GED® Tests
To take the GED Tests in Ontario, you must:
- 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
What is On the GED® Tests
The GED Tests are a set of five tests in the core high school curriculum areas:
- Language Arts: Writing
- Language Arts: Reading
- Part 1 (use of calculator)
- Part 2 (no calculator)
- Social Studies
The tests measure important knowledge and skills (such as your ability to understand and apply information; to evaluate, analyze, and draw conclusions; and to express ideas and opinions in writing) that are usually acquired during a regular high school program of study. See the complete test outline.
- The tests contain questions that require the use of important ideas and thinking skills.
- Few of the questions ask for isolated details, definitions, or specific facts.
- Multiple-choice questions are used for each of the five tests.
- The Language Arts: Writing Test includes an essay component that a candidate must pass in order to receive a score for the test.
- The Mathematics Test includes the use of standard and coordinate plane grids and a calculator.
Types of Tests
The tests are available in English and French. Special editions and testing accommodations are available to help people with special needs and physical and/or learning disabilities.
The tests used in Canada have been developed especially for Canadians.
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