The General Educational Development (GED) test can give you the opportunity to earn 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 Newfoundland and Labrador if you:
The GED testing program consist of five tests in the areas of language arts - writing, social studies, science, language arts - reading, and mathematics. 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 and are usually written on a Friday evening and Saturday outside St. John's. In the city of St. John's and surrounding areas the tests are scheduled weekdays, usually Wednesday and Thursday once a month, in the metro region. There is a non-refundable application fee of $30 (money order or cash only) payable to the Newfoundland Exchequer. The composition of the GED test is as follows:
Language Arts, Writing - Part I (75 minutes)
Language Arts, Writing - Part II (45 minutes)
Social Studies (85 minutes)
Science (95 minutes)
Language Arts, Reading (65 minutes)
Mathematics (90 Minutes)
The high school equivalency diploma is awarded upon the achievement of a minimum standard score of 450 on each of the five tests, and an average of 450 on the five tests in the battery.
The 2002 GED testing series is moving from a paper-based to computer-based format. A test taker will be able to answer the questions by using a computer. At present, the only GED computer-based testing centre in Newfoundland and Labrador is located at the Western College in Stephenville.
Anyone interested in writing the computer-based GED test at Western College can register online at www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service.
Individuals taking the paper-based test will be mailed a transcript of test results approximately four to six weeks after writing. Those taking the computer-based test will receive results within 24-48 hours after the test is completed
Additional computer-based testing centres will be added throughout the province over the next 12 months. Keep looking at this website for updates. By January 2015, all GED testing centers in the province should be computer-based and the paper-based test will not be available. All individuals taking the GED test from this point on will have to attempt the whole series of tests via computer if some of the tests in the series were ompleted by paper prior to 2015.
Passing the GED tests may require some preparation on your part. Some individuals prepare intensively by taking classes or studying GED preparation books and other materials. Other candidates are comfortable with simply brushing up on a few of the subject areas where they feel they need practice. To determine how you should best prepare for the tests, you can start by contacting local adult education programs sponsored by school districts, colleges, and community organizations in your area. (Check your local telephone directory.) Teachers at these adult education programs can not only help you decide the extent to which you need to study for the five GED tests, but they can also help you develop a study plan that is best for you.
The GED tests are written in testing centres situated in various locations (generally high schools) around the province under the supervision of local examiners appointed by the Department of Education. Testing is conducted on a regular basis between September and June in St. John’s, and at least twice a year in Clarenville, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, Port aux Basque, St. Anthony, Goose Bay, Marystown, Labrador City, Marystown, and Stephenville.
Applications must be received at least one month prior to writing.
What is available:
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 receive testing accommodations.
Accommodations are available for people with (but not limited to) the following:
Accommodations may include:
Please complete one of the following Request for Testing Accommodations forms:
Return the completed form with documentation of your disability to the exam centre. Each request is considered on an individual basis. If the accommodations are approved, your local GED examiner will arrange with you to conduct the testing with the approved accommodations. There will be no additional cost for accommodations.
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