Get Your High School Diploma Equivalency Certificate in Ontario

The GED (General Educational Development) is the Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the Ministry of Education. Employers, universities, colleges, and Ontario Apprenticeship Programs recognize the GED as equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

5 Standardized Tests

The GED tests are for adults who did not finish high school in Canada or in the United States of America. The Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate is awarded following successful completion of five standardized tests in the areas of reading, social studies, science, writing and mathematics. Except for a part of the mathematics section and the essay requirement, all questions on the GED tests are presented in multiple choice format.

The GED recognizes that learning is lifelong. It allows an adult to get the maximum value from the skills he or she has gained from:

  • Original schooling
  • Upgrading
  • Lifelong learning
  • On-the-job experiences
  • Industry training
  • College courses
  • Union courses

To pass the GED tests, you need to be able to:

  • Think critically about what you have read
  • Reason
  • Put information together
  • Draw conclusions

The GED is for:

  • Ontario residents 18 years or older who have been out of full-time high school for at least a year.
  • People who have the skills to move on with their lives, but who are held back by not having the certificate to prove it. The GED is that proof!

The GED is recognized as a diploma/certificate of high school equivalency in all provinces and territories in Canada and in all states and territories in the United States.

If you require general information about the GED tests, including testing schedules and policies in Ontario, please call the Independent Learning Centre (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Toronto) at 1-800-573-7022 or online.

The Canadian GED and American GED are substantially different, as are the online GED resources.

The Canadian GED is an adult assessment of a person’s abilities and potential to handle complex employment situations or post-secondary programs. By contrast, the American GED is a digital learning program based on the American Common Core Curriculum (high school curriculum).

For further information about Canadian GED High School Equivalency, go to the
Canadian Provincial Website.

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