GED® test information

What tests are in the GED®?

The GED® test is composed of five tests:

• Language Arts: Writing

• Language Arts: Reading

• Mathematics

• Social Studies

• Science

Are there requirements needed to write the test?

You may take the GED® test if:

  • You are at least 18 years old*
  • You have not graduated from high school
  • You have been out of the school system for at least one full year
  • You are 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.

How can I prepare to write the tests?

•  Visit our link to Test Preparation: https://www.ilc.org/en-ca/GED/prepare/study-and-test-tips

•  Take a GED® preparation course (see our website for Preparation programs in your

    region: https://www.ilc.org/en-ca/GED/prepare/how-prepare

What mark do I need to pass?

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

What if I fail one of the five tests? Do I have to rewrite all the tests?

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

If I fail one or two of the tests how long do I have to wait before I can rewrite them?

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

How long are the tests?

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.

What do I need to bring to the 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.

In what order are the tests given?

Day One       

• Language Arts: Writing

• Language Arts: Reading

Day Two                   

• Mathematics

• Social Studies

• Science

Are all the tests multiple-choice?

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

How do I apply?

Please register here

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

What is the cost?

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

If I fail a test or tests and need to re-write is there a charge?

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

What if I am scheduled for a test and need to cancel?

If this is your first cancellation, please 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. After the first re-scheduling fee is applied, any additional cancellations will require a new registration and fee.

Where and when can I write the tests?

Please consult our schedule finder page for the location and dates of tests. 

How long may it take for my registration to be processed?

It can take up to two weeks to process registrations.

What is a Date of Leaving Letter?

A Date of Leaving Letter can be requested by the last Secondary School you attended. The letter must be on school letterhead, with a recent date and signature.  The letter must state: the date you officially left, that no further timetable was created for you, that you are not attending any secondary school at the time of the course request, and that you have not arranged to return to school for the next semester or term.

 Who needs to include a Date of Leaving Letter?

If you are 18 years of age or younger you require a letter from your last school indicating your final date(s) of study. To write the GED® you must have be out of school for one year. If you are 19 years of age or older you do not need a School Leaving Letter.

Is a letter required for home schooled candidates?

Home-schooled students 18 years of age or younger must provide a letter from their local Board of Education indicating they were home-schooled.

Group/off-site testing

What is group/off-site testing?

Group/off-site testing allows your organization to offer the GED® tests to a number of candidates at the same time at a convenient location.

How many candidates are required to host an off-site testing session?

20 candidates are recommended.

How much notice is necessary to request an off-site testing session?

A minimum of eight weeks prior to the planned dates for your GED® testing session is required to determine whether the dates of interest are available.

 How do I request an off-site testing session?

Complete the “Request for an Off-site Testing” form and email it to us at ged@tvo.org  

What costs are associated with hosting an off-site testing session?

Travelling costs, accommodations, and meals for the examiner and proctor are the responsibility of the organization hosting the testing session.  The rates for meals and travelling costs are established by TVO.  Proctors and examiners will be travelling from the nearest GED® testing site.

Is there a contact for off-site testing?

Please contact the GED Coordinator at: 416-484-2600 or 1-800-613-0513 Ext 5134 or via email at ged@tvo.org

Accommodations

I have heard that you can get accommodations like extra time or a large print test. How do I get accommodations for my test?

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.

Where can I get the Accommodation forms?

Please visit the GEDTS website: www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/paper-accommodations

Select the appropriate accommodation for your need. Print the form, complete it (include documentation) and return it with your registration package.

How long will it take before I receive confirmation of my Accommodations request?

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

How long does it take for my tests to be scored and results sent to me?

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

I have passed all the tests 2 years ago and now I need an additional transcript for work. How do I order a transcript? 

Use the GED® Test Results Request Form. Please include a payment of $10.00 for each for each transcript or certificate. Transcripts can be sent to universities or colleges upon request. Be sure to nclude your college or university application number.

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