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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your jurisdiction’s GED® testing program website to learn more.

 

Computer vs. Pencil and Paper

Province Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

 

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Language Versions

Computer vs. Pencil and Paper (top)

Can I take the GED® test on computer in Alberta?

Yes, Alberta offers the GED® test on computer.

Why don’t all provinces offer both computer and paper exams?

GED Testing Service is currently introducing the GED® test on computer to all the provinces that offer the test. But not every province offers the GED® test on computer yet. 

Alberta offers the GED® test on computer.  If you'd like to request accommodations, please contact the Alberta-based Pearson VUE Test Centre where you plan to take the GED test on computer. To locate a Pearson VUE Test Center, click here.

Why isn’t the test available on paper anymore?

The new 2014 GED® test will only be delivered by computer in order to support the new questions on the test. The GED® test on computer also makes it easier to register and schedule, allows for a more individualized testing experience, and provides instant unofficial test results on 4 of the 5 parts of the test.

Can I switch between paper and computer testing? Can I combine them?

Yes, in Alberta you can combine paper and computer testing scores . 

If you'd like to request accommodations, please contact the Alberta-based Pearson VUE Test Centre where you plan to take the GED test on computer. To locate a Pearson VUE Test Center, click here.

Province Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Alberta, you must be 18 years old to take the GED test. If you are 17 years old and would like to take the GED® test, please contact the Alberta-based Pearson VUE Test Centre to learn what is required to allow you to take the test. To locate a Pearson VUE Test Center, click here.

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

In Alberta, you must be 18 years old to take the GED test. If you are 17 years old and would like to take the GED® test, please contact the Alberta-based Pearson VUE Test Centre to learn what is required to allow you to take the test. To locate a Pearson VUE Test Center, click here.

Are there any residency requirements to take the test?

No you do not have to be a resident to test in Alberta.

The closest testing center is in a different province.  Can I take the exam there?

Some areas allow people to take the GED® test even if they do not live there and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the province that you’re interested to test in.

In order to write the test in Alberta, you do not need to be an Alberta resident. Present a valid photo ID that shows your valid address. If you do not present proper identification, you will not be eligible to write the test and will be turned away. You will not be refunded the fee for the exam.

Are there any additional province requirements for me to pass my GED® test?

There aren’t any additional requirements in Alberta.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Alberta doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test on paper cost?

In Alberta, the application to write the GED® test is $40 per subject area test. This is the same amount to rewrite a test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In Alberta, writing centers set their own fees for retakes.

For provinces that offer the GED® test on computer, the re-testing fee may be different. 

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Alberta you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

If you'd like to request accommodations, please contact the Alberta-based Pearson VUE Test Centre where you plan to take the GED test on computer. To locate a Pearson VUE Test Center, click here.

What happens if I move somewhere else in the middle of testing? Can I continue my testing in my new province or do I have to start all over?

Alberta has a residency requirement, so you're required to take the GED® test there. Contact the GED Administrator™ in your province if you have additional questions.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all five subjects before my scores begin to expire?

There is no time limit to finish the test in Alberta.


 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

Alberta test-takers must score a 450 on each test.

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Alberta, you're required to wait 14 days between attempts. There is no maximum limit per year.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In Alberta, writing centers set their own fees for retakes. 

For provinces that offer the GED® test on computer, the re-testing fee may be different.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some provinces require people to finish taking all five subjects before being allowed to retake the areas that weren’t passed. In Alberta, you’re required to wait 14 days before taking the same subject area test again.
 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the province won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or province administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can contact your GED Administrator™ for additional information.

Why do I need to work with my province? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each province to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual province—most provinces have slightly different rules and regulations. Because of the province-by-province differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your province to get an answer.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on where you’re testing. In Alberta, there isn't a time requirement to complete the entire battery of tests.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

You can order a copy of your transcript and/or diploma on the Request a Transcript page

What is the GED® credential in my province called?

In Alberta, the credential is called the High School Equivalency Diploma.

GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

The GED® test is not offered in Spanish in Alberta.

Can I take the GED® test on computer in French?

Yes, in Alberta you can take the pencil-and-paper version of the GED® test in French.

Find a local testing center.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Alberta residents are allowed to combine English and French versions to complete the test. 

Does Alberta have any requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Alberta.