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 can be found 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
  • meet the eligibility requirements

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

Bow Valley College

403-410-1400

Cold Lake

Portage College

780-639-0030

Drayton Valley

Norquest College

780-542-5400

Edmonton

Norquest College

780-644-6000

Edson

Grande Prairie Regional College, Edson Learning Centre

780-723-5206

Fairview

Grande Prairie Regional College

780-539-2707

Fort McMurray

Keyano College

780-791-4800

Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie Regional College

780-539-2707

Hinton

Grande Prairie Regional College, Hinton Learning Centre

780-865-7666

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

Manning

Manning Community Adult Learning Centre

780-836-8664

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat College

403-529-3896

Red Deer

Red Deer College

403-356-4909

Rocky Mountain House

Rocky Community Learning Centre

403-845-3276

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

Whitecourt

NorQuest College, Whitecourt Campus

780-778-2000

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

To connect with the Business Coordination, Exam Administration, Special Cases Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-492-1400
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: special.cases@gov.ab.ca

Address:

2nd Floor, Dentistry/Pharmacy Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2N8