GED Test - General Education Development

You may write the GED (General Education Development) tests to receive your high school equivalency if you did not finish high school. Many community colleges and universities will accept you as a mature student if you have a satisfactory GED score. In order to write the GED tests you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Out of school for at least one full year, and
  • Without a Grade 12 certificate from another school

You must pass all five GED tests in the following subjects to earn a GED certificate:

  • mathematics
  • reading
  • social studies
  • science, and
  • writing

How can I apply to write the GED test?

You may prepare for the test on your own with the GED preparation book from your local library or bookstore or you can register to attend a GED preparation course at Holland College, Collège de l'Île, or the Institute of Advanced Learning. To register for a practice test, call Holland College at 1-800-446-5265 (Adult Education Option).

To be eligible to register for the official GED Test  on PEI, it is mandatory to successfully complete each Official Practice Test (OPT) at an approved educational test centre with an approved test administrator on PEI.

You may request special accommodation to write a paper-based test if you have a physical, psychological or learning disability that will affect your ability or test-taking skills. To register for a paper-based test, contact the GED Testing Program through the Province of Prince Edward Island.

What is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline. Testing centres do testing once a month for computer based testing. If you are unable to attend your scheduled test, you must contact Pearson Vue at least 24 hours before the exam. If you fail to appear on test day, you will have to wait six months to register again.

Do I have to pay to write the GED?

There is no fee to apply or to write your GED or the GED practice test.

What should I bring to the test session?

You will be required to show photo ID with your name, birth date, address, and signature in order to write the GED, e.g. driver’s license, passport or military identification. This is the only item you can take into the testing session. Everything you need to write the test will be provided. Personal items including purses and cell phones must be stored with the examiner when you arrive.

When will I know if I passed?

You will receive your results in the mail upon completion of five tests.  All results can be found on your profile.  Results are confidential and will not be offered over the phone. You will be issued a high school equivalency diploma if you get a score of at least 450 on all five tests. You may rewrite any tests that you do not pass.

Who do I contact for more information about the GED program?

GED Testing Program
Province of Prince Edward Island
Atlantic Technology Centre
176 Great George Street, Suite 212
Charlottetown PE C1A 4K9

Telephone: (902) 368-4650
Fax: (902) 368-6144




Published date: 
November 24, 2020
Education and Lifelong Learning

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062