GED Tests are one way to get an Alberta Education High School Equivalency Diploma and is the only high school equivalency program recognized by all Canadian provinces. GED exams not only cover each subject area, but also test a person's skills at communicating, processing information, problem solving, and critical thinking.
About GED tests
The GED tests certify a high school level of academic knowledge and skills in five subject areas:
1. Language Arts Writing
| 50 mc questions & essay
|| 75 min (MC) & 45 min (essay)
2. Language Arts Reading
| 40 mc questions
|| 65 min
| 3. Social Studies
|| 50 mc questions
|| 70 min
| 4. Science
|| 50 mc questions
|| 80 min
| 5. Math Part 1 & Part 2
|| 25 questions, each part
|| 45 min each part
Each test also includes an extra 20 minutes of instructions and 5 minutes for administrative setup. The GED tests are the computer-based GED 2002 series.
All five GED tests must be passed to receive your GED diploma.
Bow Valley College offers GED Preparation Programs. For more information about the preparation classes, click here.
Bow Valley College uses the Complete Canadian GED Preparation textbook, published by: Steck-Vaughn, ISBN: 9780774716314, available for purchase through our bookstore.
GED test dates
The GED Test is offered at Assessment Services on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and/or Saturdays. Login into MyGED for available dates and times.
Register to write the GED test
- Get your Alberta Student Number (ASN) from the Alberta Education website.
- Go to www.ged.com and create your own account.
- Once signed in, MyGED Dashboard will appear with six selections on the page.
- Click on Schedule and follow prompts on each page. Choose COMPUTER version. You may choose to write the five tests on any schedule, one at a time; OR any number of tests over a two day weekend. Select ONLY 2 or 3 subject tests at one time to find available times and dates. If you want between-test breaks longer than 10 minutes, register ONE test at a time.
- Pay the GED exam fees online: $40 USD per test or $200 USD for all five tests.
Registrations must be completed 24 hours before the scheduled test time. Registrations are refundable or transferable by contacting GED Testing at 1-877-392-6433 no later than 24 hours before the scheduled test time.
GED test day
- Bring your Government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport) for check in.
- No personal items (including cellphones or electronic devices) are permitted in the test session. Failure to comply can result in forfeiting GED test privilege and in denying access to your GED test record. Lockers are available to store all personal belonging.
- Assessment Services is located in the lower level of West Campus.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early for every test.
- All writing materials are provided (pens, erasable board, calculator, etc.)
GED test results
Results are available immediately following your test, except for Language Arts Writing, which may take 5 – 7 business days. The essay score is included in Language Arts - Writing, and is not shown separately.
For each of the five subjects, a passing grade is score of 450 or higher out of 800. (equivalent to 38 correct answers of 50, or 30 correct answers of 40).
Your Diploma is mailed by Alberta Education in Edmonton within one month. Ensure your address is accurate or up-to-date at www.ged.com.
Official transcripts are available at myPass.alberta.caone month after successful completion.
Enquiries for diplomas and transcripts should be directed to 1-780-427-9069.
Additional upgrading of high school courses may be required for students entering some post-secondary programs. It is your responsibility to check the requirements of any program.
Only failed tests may be rewritten. Clients who need a higher mark may rewrite only with documentation demonstrating this requirement and with approval from the GED Chief Examiner.
Passed tests are not required to be rewritten if all five are passed by June 30, 2018.
14 days is required between same test writings; for fourth and subsequent writings, candidates must wait 60 days for each rewrite, after last date of test being rewritten.
Supports and accommodations
Clients who have a diagnosed disability may be eligible for accommodations. To secure an accommodation, you must contact our office for the required forms, at least two months before registering for GED testing. Formal accommodation approval is required from the GED Chief Examiner.
**Paper-based GED tests are held by BVC at St. Luke's Outreach Centre in Okotoks in May and November of each year; Contact 403-441-2399 for registration information.