Important

The GED® will no longer be available in Canada as of May 3, 2024.

Albertans in the process of writing their GED® should plan to complete all their testing by May 3, 2024. Canadian Test Series prep courses and GED® writing centres should inform test takers of this date.

Alberta is leading the development of the Canadian Adult Education Credential as a replacement for the GED®. This new test will be available to Albertans and Canadians in 2024. Check this page for information and updates.

The following fact sheet has additional details. Please continue to check this page for information and updates.

Get a diploma through GED

Option 1: Apply to Principal of a High School

A person may apply to the principal of a senior high school in the community to obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma if they are:

  • 18 years or older as of September 1 of the current school year
  • have been out of school for at least 10 consecutive months
  • deficit in the credits needed for an Alberta High School Diploma

Additional information about this alternative is in the Guide to Education.

Option 2: Pass 5 GED Tests

The second method of obtaining a High School Equivalency Diploma requires that an individual write and pass the 5 General Educational Development (GED) tests.

The 5 GED Tests

Test 1: Language Arts – Writing Test (Part I and Part II)
Test 2: Social Studies
Test 3: Science
Test 4: Language Arts – Reading Test:
Test 5: Mathematics (Part I and Part II)

Eligibility

To receive a High School Equivalency Diploma by writing GED tests, a person must meet of the following eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • have been out of school for at least 10 consecutive months
  • pass all five tests in the General Educational Development (GED) test battery, with a standard score of 450 or better for each tests
  • have an Alberta Student Number (contact 780-422-9337 regarding Alberta Student Numbers)

GED writing centres

For information regarding registration deadlines, fees, and test dates, contact the writing centre of your choice.

CommunityWriting centrePhone number
CalgaryCalgary Learning Institute Ltd.403-285-3555
CalgaryEquilibrium Testing Centre403-453-4224
Contact: Cara Jeronimo
Cold LakePortage College780-639-0030
Drayton ValleyDrayton Valley & District Community Learning Association780-542-3373
ext. 1
DrumhellerDrumheller Community Learning Society403-823-8300
EdmontonA&D Tutoring780-444-9349
EdmontonCareers in Transition780-496-9228
EdmontonNorquest College780-644-6000
EdsonEdson and District Community Learning Society (EDCLS)780-723-6247
Contact: Ewen Murray
Fort McMurrayKeyano College780-791-4800
Grande PrairieGrande Prairie Regional College780-539-2212
Grande PrairieGrande Prairie Public Library780-357-7467
HintonHinton Adult Learning780-865-1686
Lac La BichePortage College780-623-5518
LacombeBurman University403-782-3381
ext. 4141
LethbridgeLethbridge College403-320-3368
LloydminsterLakeland College780-871-5746
MaskwacisMaskwacis Cultural College780-585-3925
Medicine HatMedicine Hat College403-529-3896
Red DeerRed Deer Polytechnic403-356-4900
Rocky Mountain HouseRocky Community Learning Centre403-845-3276
RyleyBeaver County Community Adult Learning780-663-3731
Slave LakeNorthern Lakes College780-849-8600
StettlerStettler Adult Learning Centre403-742-2280
St. PaulPortage College780-645-5223
TaberTaber and District Community Adult Learning Association403-223-1169
WetaskiwinWetaskiwin Community Learning Program780-352-7257

Some of the above writing centres also offer GED preparation classes. GED tests are available in French upon request.

Get your marks

If an individual has passed all 5 GED tests with a minimum standard score of 450 in each test, Alberta Education will mail out a High School Equivalency Diploma to the student.

The timeline for the High School Equivalency Diploma to be mailed to the student is 4 to 6 weeks from the writing of the GED tests.

GED Marks Online

View or request GED Marks through myPass, a secure self-service website for students to access their education information.

Contact

Connect with the Business Coordinator, Exam Administration, Special Cases Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-9242
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

Address:
Main Floor, 13140 St. Albert Trail
Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 4Y6