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)


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.

Community Writing centre Phone number
Calgary Calgary Learning Institute Ltd. 403-285-3555
Calgary Equilibrium Testing Centre 403-453-4224
Contact: Cara Jeronimo
Cold Lake Portage College 780-639-0030
Drayton Valley Drayton Valley & District Community Learning Association 780-542-3373 ext. 1
Drumheller Drumheller Community Learning Society 403-823-8300
Edmonton A&D Tutoring 780-444-9349
Edmonton Careers in Transition 780-496-9228
Edmonton Lokken College 888-565-5366 ext. 1
Edmonton Norquest College 780-644-6000
Edson Edson and District Community Learning Society (EDCLS) 780-723-6247
Contact: Ewen Murray
Fort McMurray Keyano College 780-791-4800
Grande Prairie Grande Prairie Regional College 780-539-2212
Grande Prairie Grande Prairie Public Library 780-357-7467
Hinton Hinton Adult Learning 780-865-1686
Lac La Biche Portage College 780-623-5518
Lacombe Burman University 403-782-3381
ext. 4141
Lethbridge Lethbridge College 403-320-3368
Lloydminster Lakeland College 780-871-5760
Maskwacis Maskwacis Cultural College 780-585-3925
Medicine Hat Medicine Hat College 403-529-3896
Red Deer Red Deer Polytechnic 403-356-4900
Rocky Mountain House Rocky Community Learning Centre 403-845-3276
Ryley Beaver County Community Adult Learning 780-663-3731
Slave Lake Northern Lakes College 780-849-8600
Stettler Stettler Adult Learning Centre 403-742-2280
St. Paul Portage College 780-645-5223
Taber Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association 403-223-1169
Wetaskiwin Wetaskiwin Community Learning Program 780-352-7257

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.


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]

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

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