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GED® Testing Series
1-877 EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433)
Last update: September 10, 2014


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General Information
The General Educational Development (GED®) test can give you the opportunity to earn an equivalent to a high school diploma. These tests are designed to measure the general knowledge, ideas and thinking skills that are normally acquired through three years of high school. Many acquire knowledge and skills through work experience, reading and informal training.

The GED tests cannot be taken online.

You are able to take the GED tests in Nova Scotia if you:

  • are at least 19 years of age on the date of the test
  • have not received a grade 12 graduation certificate from any institution
  • have been out of the public school system for at least one year

The GED testing series consist of five tests in the areas:
Writing; Reading; Mathematics; Science, and Social Studies

The questions range in difficulty from easy to hard, and cover a wide range of subjects. The five tests take about 7.5 hours to complete.

The composition of the GED test is as follows:

  • Language Arts, Writing - Part I
  • Language Arts, Writing - Part II
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Mathematics

The high school equivalency certificate is awarded upon the achievement of a minimum standard score of 450 on each of the five tests.

Sign Up to Write the GED
Starting July 2014, individuals will have the opportunity to write the GED tests on the computer through GED testing centres. The following are the location of the GED testing centres:

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Location
NSCC Akerley Campus Dartmouth
NSCC IT Campus Halifax
NSCC Truro Campus Truro
NSCC Marconi Campus Sydney
NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) Campus Lawrencetown

Cost:
$10 per test. There are five tests to complete. A person can register for one test at a time.

Payment:
Fees are non-refundable.
Individuals scheduled to write must give 24 hours notice if cancellation is required or a change in date. After 24 hours, the individual will have to pay the testing fee again.

Accepted:    
Credit cards - MasterCard and Visa
Pearson Vouchers

Not Accepted: Cash and personal cheques

Sign up to Register:
This is the link to register - www.GED.com
Click here for steps on how to register.

Schedule:
Click here for schedule.
Click here for steps on how to schedule.

Need help registering or scheduling?
You don't have a computer to register?
Call 1-877 EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433) - registration can be done by phone

Tutorial on how to use a Computer:
http://www.gedtestingservice.com/gedtutorial_en_web/

Tutorial on how to register and schedule:
http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/test-on-computer

Tutorials on Calculators:
Watch the TI-30XS introduction video (English)
Watch the FX260 demonstration video (English)

Videos:
http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/videos


Paper-Based Testing

Some Nova Scotia regions will not have computer-based testing available until the end of 2014. Therefore, we will be able to offer paper-based testing until then.

Cost:
$43.80 for 5 tests and any rewrites.

Registration:
Mail in registration is required.

This is the link to the application that must be submitted with payment to GED Testing Service located in Halifax, or your regional Adult Education office.

Schedule for Paper-Based:

Testing Dates

Deadline to Apply

Region

Nov 14 and 15, 2014 October 31, 2014 New Glasgow
Nov 21 and 22, 2014 November 7, 2014 Windsor
Nov 28 and 29, 2014 November 14, 2014 Port Hawkesbury
Dec 5 and 6, 2014 November 21, 2014 Bridgewater

Payment:
Fees are non-refundable.
Individuals scheduled to write must give 24 hours notice if cancellation is required or a change in date. After 24 hours, the individual will have to pay the testing fee again.

Accepted:    
Money orders are accepted (payable to the Minister of Finance).
Credit cards - MasterCard and Visa

Not Accepted: Cash and personal cheques

Rewrite Policy for Paper and Computer-based Testing
If a person does not pass a test they have a 30 day waiting period. If after the second attempt and not passing then there is another 30 day waiting period. Third attempt with no pass, then the person must wait until the next calendar year to write that test.

Special Accommodations for Testing
If you have a documented disability that could keep you from taking the GED tests in the way they are usually given, you might be entitled to modified testing accommodations.

Accommodations are available for people with (but not limited to) the following:

  • Physical disabilities (such as blindness, low vision, deafness, impaired hearing, or mobility impairments);
  • Learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, receptive aphasia, or written language disorder);
  • Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder;
  • Psychological disabilities (such as bipolar disorder or Tourette’s syndrome);
  • Chronic health issues.

Accommodations may include:

  • Audiocassette edition
  • Braille edition
  • Large-print edition (no documentation required)
  • Vision-enhancing technologies
  • Use of video equipment for candidates who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in composing the Language Arts, Writing essay
  • Use of a talking calculator or abacus
  • Certified sign-language interpreter; use of a scribe
  • Extended time; supervised extra breaks
  • Use of a private room
  • One-on-one testing at a health facility
  • Other reasonable accommodations as warranted, based on individual needs

Special Accommodation Forms
Please complete one of the following Request for Special Accommodations forms that apply to you:

Return the completed form with diagnosed documentation to GED Testing Centre. Each request is considered on an individual basis. If the accommodations are approved, the GED Testing Centre will arrange with you to conduct the testing with the approved accommodations. There will be no additional cost for accommodations.

Transcript or Certification Replacement
Please request through completing this form and submitting to GED Testing Service. Link to form

Cost:
Transcript or Certificate:  $18.80

GED Preparation Information
Books:
There are two Canadian GED preparation books:
Steck-Vaughn Complete Canadian GED Preparation (ISBN: 0-7747-1631-2)
Barron's How to Prepare for the GED, 5th Canadian Edition (ISBN: 0-7641-2959-7)
Books are available at your local library or purchased at any bookstore.

Preparatory Courses:
Some Community Learning Organizations can help you prepare to write the GED. It is strongly recommended that you take advantage of this service.

Please click on this link to see what organization is near you.

Helpful Website Link
Tutorials for the GED Test on the Computer
(ie. creating email account / scheduling / tests)

Videos to help undertstand the changes to GED

For Educators:
http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/resources-educators

Additional Help:
If you require additional information, please contact your local Adult Education Coordinator.

Contact Us
Toll-free line:  1-877-466-7725

GED Testing Service
Adult Education Division
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS  B3J 2S9




 

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