What is GED Testing

What is GED or General Educational Development Testing?

It is a program for adults who didn’t complete high school. GED tests measure the level of “educational maturity” gained through life experience and informal learning, which is often equal to or above the level of a high school graduate.

People who take and pass the GED final test earn an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the Ministry of Education. Employers and colleges usually recognize it as equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

The Independent Learning Centre is the only provider of General Educational Development (GED) Testing in Ontario. There are many test sites throughout Ontario.

In the Peterborough area Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough is the official test site.

What do I need to know to pass the Test?

The GED Test provides adults who did not complete a formal high school program with the opportunity to demonstrate high-school level knowledge and skills.

The GED Test is scheduled over a 2-day period. There are timed tests in 5 core high school curriculum areas:

  • Writing (Essay and Grammar)
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Why Do People Write the GED Test?

The GED Test is for you if you want to:

  • have the satisfaction of having a Grade 12 Equivalency Certificate..
  • qualify for a job that requires an equivalent to Grade 12.
  • be promoted on the job.
  • apply for admission to some post secondary education or training programs that requires the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (some additional upgrades in math and science may be needed).
  • enter an apprenticeship program (some additional upgrades in math may be needed).

What does the GED Test cost?

Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough charges $115.00 ($100.00 application fee + $15.00 administrative fee) to write the GED Test if you pay there in person. You can also use their online service to pay for the GED Test. There it will cost you $118.75.

At Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough your application, ID and payment is forwarded to the GED Head Office on your behalf. Your test date will be confirmed by letter to the address you provided. You will not be able to write this exam without receiving a letter of confirmation.

NOTE: this process often takes from four to six weeks so if you have a particular date in mind, you need to apply well before that date. For specific dates for the test and to see the cutoff dates for application for these dates, visit the Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough website and look for GED Certification under I want my GED.

Why should you come to Peterborough Native Learning Program to prepare to write the GED Test?

There is NO FEE to students to STUDY for the GED Test at Peterborough Native Learning Program and NO COST for materials that are used.

Since most people who want to pass the GED test have been out of school for a while, it’s a good idea to get the kind of professional help that we can offer.

  • At your initial assessment we will be able to determine your readiness to write the GED Test. You do not need to do a pre-GED test. At the end of the assessment you will be told where your studying should start and a school schedule will be set up to get you started.
  • Our materials are up to date and relevant to studying for the GED Test. Much of our material, including the quizzes and tests, are from the same people who provide the GED Test.
  • We regularly use specific quizzes and tests to measure your readiness for sections of the GED Test. This will give you an ongoing idea of where you are in your studies and will help us determine where you need to do more work or what you need to do next.
  • We have trained teachers of adults who have experience helping learners successfully study for the the GED Test
  • All this is free to you

How long does it take to be prepared to write the GED?

Every learner is different. Some may only need to brush up on one or two areas and could be ready in a few weeks.

Others may need to do much more studying in all areas. On average a learner who left high school in Grade 9 may need 6 to 8 months of 25 hours a week studying at school and at home to be ready to try the GED Test. This may seem like a long time but that learner will be covering all the core school subjects that take high school students 4 years to learn.

If you have any questions about our GED test preparation program, please feel free to contact us at 705-741-0798 (toll-free at 800-211-6048) or by email at info@pnlp.org