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General Education Development (GED) Information

The NWP Testing Centre is proud to be a Pearson VUE Authorized Centre administering the computer-based GED. 

Computer based testing allows for more available testing dates, a more flexible testing schedule and faster results.

If you are a Canadian adult and require a high school diploma, one of the ways to obtain an equivalency diploma is to write and successfully pass all five tests on the GED (General Education Development) exam. To be eligible to write the GED exam, you must be 18 years old or older, and have been out of high school for at least 10 consecutive months.

Many employers will recognize a high school equivalency diploma as the same as a high school diploma, so if your employer requires you to have a high school diploma, please discuss with them if the GED is an option for you.

Choosing to study on your own allows you to prepare at your own pace using commercial study guides such as the Official GED Prep Textbook. GED prep books are available at our bookstore: NWP Bookstore

For most post-secondary programs, the GED is not considered an appropriate prerequisite. If you want to further your education, please ensure you contact your institution or program of choice to discuss the prerequisites. If the GED is not appropriate, you may wish to consider taking your prerequisite courses through Academic Upgrading at Northwestern Polytechnic.

Learn More About Upgrading 

Registration for Computer Based GED Exams

Exams can be taken consecutively or one subject at a time and cost $40.00 USD per exam. Registration and exam booking/payment MUST be completed online.

Sign Up Instructions

  • Sign up online through any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Read all the directions below before going to to create your account.
  • If you have a problem, registering to write a GED test, please review the directions below to ensure you have not missed a step.
  • Obtain your Alberta Student Number (ASN) from the Alberta Education Website. – link to Alberta Education website
  • Go to MyGED and create your own account.
  • Once signed in, MyGED Dashboard will appear with six selections on the page.
  • Click on Schedule and follow prompts on each page, choosing COMPUTER, not paper.
  • Pay the GED exam fees: $40 USD per test or $200 USD for all five tests.
  • Sign Up & Register Here

GED Testing Requirements

Each test has 20 minutes of instructions, 5 minutes for administrative setup and specific test times.

  • Language Arts Writing Test requires 120 minutes of writing time, it consists of 50 multiple choice questions (75 minutes) and an essay (45 minutes).
  • Language Arts Reading Test requires 65 minutes of writing time; it has 40 multiple choice questions.
  • Social Studies Test requires 70 minutes of writing time; it has 50 multiple choice questions.
  • Science Test requires 80 minutes of writing time; it has 50 multiple choice questions.
  • Math Test consists of two individual Math tests with 45 minutes for each: Math Test- Part I, which allows the use of an online calculator, and Math Test-Part II, which does not allow the use of calculators. Each part has 25 questions, some are multiple choice, some require an exact numerical answer, and some will be answered on a coordinate plane grid.

All writing materials are provided (pens, erasable board etc.)

Bring only valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, other government ID, not expired!)

Cell phones, electronic devices are not allowed and must not be brought to the exam. Failure to comply can result in forfeiting GED Exam privilege and in denying access to your GED Exam record.

Arrive at least 15 minutes early for every test to allow for check in.

Grande Prairie Campus
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C4
Phone: 1-780-539-2939
Fairview Campus
11235-98 Avenue
Fairview,AB T0H 1L0
Phone: 1-780-835-6750