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What is the GED®?

GED Testing Program

The GED® tests measure the academic skills and knowledge expected of high school graduates. Recognized throughout North America, the GED® testing program has served as a bridge to education and employment. The GED® tests provide a reliable vehicle through which adults can certify that they possess the major and lasting outcomes of a traditional high school education.

The tests are designed to measure the general knowledge, ideas and thinking skills that are normally acquired through four years of high school, but which are gained in a different manner. Many acquire knowledge and skills through work experience, reading, social interaction and communication, and informal training.

The GED® tests consist of content area tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. The tests also measure communication, information-processing, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. A rigorous exam, passing scores for the GED® tests are set at a level sufficient to ensure that just six in ten graduating high school students will pass.

The GED® testing program is jointly administered by three separate entities: the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education; each participating state, provincial or territorial government; and each of the 3,400 Official GED Testing Centers that serve as the main point of contact for GED® candidates in communities across North America and overseas.


Who writes the GED®?

GED® candidates are a richly diverse group. Some have recently left school; others have been out of school for several years. Most take the tests to qualify for further education, or to qualify for a new job or promotion; others do it to encourage younger family members to stay in school.

Many who take the GED® tests are preparing to enter a college, technical institute or university. GED® graduates have gone on to become successful doctors, public servants, office workers, mechanics, technicians, college professors, business people, writers and artists.


Why should I write the GED® tests?

The GED® test provides individuals with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, a credential recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education and financial rewards.

The GED® tests allow people to prove what they know. Every Canadian province and territory recognizes that passing the GED® tests demonstrates the knowledge and skills of a high school graduate.


Who is eligible to take the tests?

Any person who is:

  • Eighteen (18) years of age or over.
  • Under special circumstances, exemptions may be approved by applying to the provincial GED Administrator. If you need to request an exemption/age waiver, download the Age Waiver Request Form.

How much does it cost?

The cost to write all 5 GED® test subjects in Saskatchewan is $35.00. Each individual subject is $7.00.


Where can I write the GED tests?

GED® test sittings are regularly scheduled at various locations throughout the province. You may register online at https://ged.com. For instructions on how to register online, please review Registering for the GED® Test. Once you have registered, you will be able to select the Testing Centre and time of your choice. We recommend that you write at the Testing Centre nearest to you as the tests are normally written over a 2-day period. This would reduce your travel costs.


How can I prepare for the tests?

Skills acquired through work, training, reading and other life experiences may already have prepared you to write the GED® tests. However, most people need to refresh or gain additional skills before they are successful in passing all five tests. For additional preparation you can: study books from the library; purchase a study guide from local bookstores or regional college or Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus and study at home with the help of a friend or tutor.

You may wish to contact your nearest training institution or Labour Market Services Delivery Location to get more information on how you can prepare to write the GED® tests. They can tell you about any full-time, part-time or drop-in GED® Preparation Courses in your area. They also have counsellors that can help you develop a career path and choose the programs you need to pursue your goals.


When do I get my results?

After you have written the GED® tests, please allow 3 weeks to receive your official transcript (3 copies) and your diploma by mail.

Ordering Additional Copies of Your GED® Transcripts or Diplomas

After you have written the GED® tests, please allow 3 weeks to receive your official transcript (3 copies) and your diploma by mail. There is no cost to receive these official documents. If you wish to order additional copies or have misplaced your original documents, please complete the Request for Additional GED® Transcripts and/or Diploma Form.


NOTE: Transcripts or Diplomas can only be issued to individuals who wrote their GED® exams in Saskatchewan, CANADA.


Requesting Additional Transcripts or Diplomas - You have two options:

1.  Complete the Request for Additional GED® Transcripts and/or Diploma Form

This form is for requesting additional copies of GED® transcripts or copies of the GED® diploma for individuals who wrote their GED® tests in Saskatchewan and have already received their original transcripts/diploma.

 

2.  Write a letter that includes the following information:

    1. You are requesting your GED® transcripts or GED® diploma
    2. First name, middle name or initial, and your current surname
    3. Complete mailing address, including your postal code
    4. Location and year that you wrote
    5. Any previous names
    6. Social Insurance Number
    7. Birthdate—month, day, and year
    8. Daytime telephone number
    9. Complete mailing address(es) to which transcripts should be sent
    10. Your signature

Send the letter or form, along with your payment of $15.00, to:

GED®Testing Program
Ministry of the Economy
Revenue and Financial Services
1000 - 2103 - 11th Avenue
Regina, SK  S4P 3Z8

Please make payment by cheque or money order made payable to “Minister of Finance.”


For more information, please contact:

GED® Testing Program
Apprenticeship and Workforce Skills
Ministry of the Economy

Tel: (306) 787-5597 
Fax: (306) 787-7182
Email: GED@gov.sk.ca


 For information for our GED® Partners, please review GED® Partner Resources.

Related Documents

This information is for our GED® Partners. *This is a password protected document. Authorized users can call 306-798-3604 for the password.

GED Partner Resources.pdf  ( 191.3 KB )
Related Links

Use this form to request an exemption to the eligibility requirement.

This quick guide will help you register for your computer-based GED® exams.

Contact your nearest Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus, college or technical institute to get information on how you can prepare to write the GED® tests.

Office locations and contact information.

Use this form to request additional copies of GED® transcripts or copies of the GED® diploma for individuals who have already received their original transcripts and diploma in Saskatchewan. This is an interactive PDF form that can be opened and filled in using Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 7 or higher).



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