How can I get my GED?
You may be eligible to write the General Educational Development (GED) tests if you meet these three requirements:
- are 18 years of age or older
- have been out of school for at least ten consecutive months
- do not have a high school diploma
By completing and passing the GED tests at Lethbridge College, you will obtain your High School Equivalency Diploma in Alberta. There are five tests included in the GED:
- Language Arts: Reading
- Language Arts: Writing
- Social Studies
The tests are available in English and French. As a Pearson VUE authorized centre, Lethbridge College is able to provide both versions of the computer-based test. However, if you wish to write the paper-based test in French, you must register with a centre that offers the French version.
Computer-based GED testing
Lethbridge College is proud to be a Pearson VUE Authorized Centre, which enables us to administer the computer-based GED. This means that you will benefit from:
- more available test dates
- a flexible test schedule
- faster results
- working at your own pace
- centralized scheduling
- pay-per-module fees
How do I schedule my computer-based GED?
You can register for and schedule your GED tests online at ged.com or by phone at 1-877-392-6433. To register and schedule online, follow these steps:
- Create a profile at ged.com. This is necessary to determine whether you are eligible to write the GED.
- Be sure to properly capitalize all names and addresses when creating your profile to avoid delays in processing your Alberta High School Equivalency diploma.
- To complete your registration, you need:
- An Alberta Student Number (ASN). You can search for your ASN or request an ASN be created on the Alberta Education website.
- An email address. You can create a free one at Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo if you don’t already have one.
- A credit card to schedule and make payments. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a pre-paid credit card at most retail and convenience stores.
- Once logged on, you will see the MyGED Dashboard.
- Click Start Scheduling.
- Answer the background questions.
- If you choose to write the computer-based test, you will eventually see the Select Content Areas screen.
- Note: The tests you select on this screen will be scheduled back-to-back in one appointment on the same day with a 10-minute break between tests. Select only the tests that you want to write on the specified day. Selecting all of the tests on this screen will result in eight consecutive hours of testing in one day.
- You need to complete the scheduling steps for each day that you want to write a test. You can schedule the five GED tests for different days and times. If you want to write the five tests on five separate days you will need to complete the scheduling steps five times.
Note: If you wish to request exam accommodations for a documented disability, scroll down to the section entitled Requesting accommodations for information on how to request accommodations.
All fees for the computer-based GED tests are in US dollars. The cost is $40US/test for a total of $200US for all five tests. These fees are the same for first-time writers and for those needing to rewrite specific tests.
For computer-based testing, you are able to reschedule or cancel your appointment with at least one full business day's notice. If you reschedule or cancel your appointment less than one full business day before your scheduled exam, you will forfeit the testing fee.
Paper-based GED testing
For 2018, we will keep a small number of paper-based GED tests on hand for those preferring to write the exam by hand. The cost to write the paper-based GED is:
- $300 for a first-time writer
- $200 for a rewrite
Paper-based GED testing will be available until December 31, 2018. After that time, students will still be able to complete the computer-based version at Lethbridge College.
Testing fees for paper-based tests are non-refundable and non-transferable. You cannot reschedule your paper-based exam.
For more information on registering for the paper-based GED, contact Verla Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-320-3202 ext. 5281.
If you have a disability or health condition that requires special accommodations for your GED tests, you are required to submit supporting documentation for review prior to scheduling your tests. It can take up to 30 days before you will know if your request has been approved.
When you create your MyGED account, answer yes to the question, "Do you need to request accommodated testing conditions for a documented disability?" Once the online form is submitted, you will receive an email with information on how to submit your request and supporting documents. More information can be found on the GED Testing Services website.
Please contact Verla Henderson at email@example.com or 403-320-3202 ext. 5281. She will assist you with filling out the forms and ensuring you have the correct supporting documents. We will send all of the necessary documentation to Alberta Education for you.
Obtaining your diploma
Upon successful completion of all five GED tests and after the Results Statement is issued, your Alberta High School Equivalency Diploma will be mailed to you. This can take up to six weeks.
Requesting your transcripts
You must submit a written request and $10 to obtain an official transcript. Alternatively, you can opt to have it forwarded directly to a post-secondary institution or prospective employer. You can find transcript request forms at any:
- high school
- post-secondary institution
- Alberta Education office
Each test is scored on a range from 200 to 800. You must score at least 450 on each test to pass. For computer-based versions, your scores for four of the five test areas (excludes Language Arts: Writing) are available immediately. For paper-based versions, your scores are typically available within two to three business days. You may rewrite any test on which your score is lower than 450.
You do not have to complete all five tests before rewriting one but you must wait at least two weeks between attempts.
If this is your first time writing the GED, you will need to complete all five tests before you have the opportunity to rewrite a test. You are permitted to write the tests up to three times in a calendar year (January to December).
Requesting a rescore
Rescoring a multiple-choice test almost never results in a change. However, if it does, the mark resulting from the rescore, whether higher or lower, becomes your final mark. The deadline for a rescore request is on the information sheet accompanying your results statement.
To request a rescore of your written response, phone 1-877-392-6433. There is a $50 charge to challenge your mark but if your score changes, you will be refunded the full $50.
To request a rescore of any test you must provide a written letter that includes:
- your name
- phone number
- date of birth
- Alberta Education student ID number
- name of the testing center where you wrote the test(s)
- name of the test(s) you want rescored