GED High School Diploma

If you did not finish high school, you may write the GED (General Education Development) tests to receive your Grade 12 diploma. 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 landed immigrant;
  • 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 will be awarded a Prince Edward Island Grade 12 equivalency diploma if you pass all five GED tests in the following subjects:

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

How can I apply to write the GED test?

  • You can register to write the test online through the GED Testing Service.
  • If you can confirm that a physical, psychological, or learning disability will affect your ability or test-taking skills, you may request special accommodation to write a paper-based test.  To register for a paper-based test, submit the completed Application for GED Test.

What is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline. The date of your test will be mailed to you about two weeks before you write. If you cannot write on the scheduled date, you must contact the GED office at (902) 368-4650.If you fail to appear on test day, you will have to wait six months to register again.

How long will it take to write the test?

The five tests take about seven hours to complete over a two-day period.

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.

How can I prepare to write the GED?

  • You may prepare 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 Acadie Î.-P.-É, or the Institute of Advanced Learning. To register for the practice test, call Holland College at 1-800-446-5265 (option 3).

What should I bring to the test session?

You will be required to show photo ID bearing your name, birth date, address, and signature in order to write the GED, e.g. driver’s license, passport, 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 within two weeks. Because the results are confidential, they will not be offered over the phone. If you achieve a standard score of at least 450 on all five tests, you will be issued a high school equivalency diploma. You may rewrite any tests that you do not pass.

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

GED Testing Program
Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning
Atlantic Technology Centre
176 Great George Street, Suite 212
Charlottetown PE C1A 4K9
Telephone: (902) 368-4650
Fax: (920) 368-6144


Published date: 
May 23, 2016
Workforce and Advanced Learning

General Inquiries

Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning
3rd Floor, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street 
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-6290
Fax: (902) 368-6340