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Adult Learning and Literacy

Information on the GED

Test Content

 
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The GED Testing Service consists of a battery of five tests designed to measure the intellectual and learning skills a candidate may have acquired since leaving school. It is generally recognized that many adults who did not complete a formal high school education may have acquired an educational maturity equivalent to that of a high school graduate through years of varied experience. The GED Testing Program, through a series of five comprehensive examinations, is designed to help determine that equivalency.

The five examinations are:

  • Language Arts Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Language Arts Reading
  • Mathematics

What do the GED Tests Measure?

 
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There are five sub-tests in the GED Tests which measure achievement in subject areas associated with a high school program of study. The five tests, and their relative content emphasis are:

    1. SOCIAL STUDIES: National History (25%); Economics (20%); Civics and Government (25%); World History (15%); Geography (15%).
    2. SCIENCE: Life Sciences (45%); Earth and Space (20%); Physics and Chemistry (35%).
    3. MATHEMATICS: Part 1 and 2: Numbers, Number Sense and Operations (25%); Measurement and Geometry (25%); Data, Statistics, and Probability (25%); Algebra, Functions, and Patterns (25%).
    4. LANGUAGE ARTS - READING: Literary Test (75%); Nonfiction Prose (25%)
    5. LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING: Part 1: Sentence Structure (30%); Usage (30%); Mechanics (25%); Part 2: Essay

Eligibility Requirements

 
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The Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy may issue a high school equivalency certificate to Manitoba residents who have not completed high school, and who have been successful on the GED Tests, provided they meet the following eligibility requirements

  • Candidates must be at least nineteen (19) years of age
  • Exceptions may be allowed to the above policy by contacting the GED Administrator

Application Procedures

 
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Applications can be obtained from the GED Testing Office or downloaded from the Forms page.

  • The application form should be completed carefully ensuring that all information requested is accurately given, signed by the applicant, and forwarded to the GED Testing Office (Social Insurance Numbers are used for identification purposes only).
  • A cheque, money order, Visa or Mastercard information, covering the registration fee should be included with the application and forwarded to the GED Testing Office. Cheques and money orders should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Post-dated cheques are not accepted.
  • Applications close three (3) weeks before the scheduled testing periods. Applications received after the closing date or if the testing choice is no longer available, will automatically be registered in the next available sitting.

There is no refund for persons who have not written the tests as scheduled. Applicants must resubmit their applications for the next test sitting with the required fee.


Reporting of Marks

 
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Approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks after completion of the tests, all candidates will receive an official report on each of the five tests written. Candidates who receive a minimum standard score of 450 on each of the five tests will receive a certificate.


Standard Scores & Percentile Ranks

 
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The GED is a comparative test. It demonstrates how well the examinee has done compared to recent high school graduates. Test results are reported as “standard scores” ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 800 and as “percentile ranks” ranging from 1 to 99. A passing Standard Score for the GED Testing Service in Manitoba is 450. Candidates must attain a score of 450 or better on each of the five tests to be eligible to receive their high school equivalency.

Note
: Only high school equivalency is issued.

Standard Scores are calculated by a mathematical formula to compare GED test results to those attained by recent high school graduates on similar tests. Standard Scores above 500 are typical of recent high school graduates.

The percentile rank shows the percentage of graduating high school seniors who earned a certain standard score. For example, a GED examinee whose standard score on one of the tests has a percentile rank of 55 has done as well as, or better than 55% of the high school graduates in that subject.


Retesting

 
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Candidates who fail to secure a high school equivalency standing may rewrite the tests which they have failed within the GED testing year (January to December). Candidates who are unsuccessful on this second attempt must wait until the following GED testing year.

An application form and an additional fee is required to cover the cost of rewriting any or all of the tests.


Duplicate Transcripts

 
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Additional transcripts of GED scores are available at a cost by contacting the GED Testing Office. Duplicate Transcript Application Form


Additional Information

 
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Persons wishing additional information regarding the Manitoba GED Testing Service may contact the GED Administrator at the GED Testing Office.


Testing Dates and Centres

 
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GED Tests are written in centres across the province. For more information on locations and test dates, please contact the GED Testing Office.

2014 GED Test Schedule pdf format (246 KB) (French and English)
2013 GED Test Schedule pdf format (261 KB) (French and English)

Examens de francais: Veuillez appeler Madame Gail Cormier à l’Université de Saint-Boniface au 204 237-1818, poste 446, pour fixer un rendez-vous.

Testing may be arranged at other sites through special arrangements with the GED Testing Office for individuals with physical, emotional, or learning disabilities only.

Note:
The GED tests are available in Braille, audiocassette, and large print.


Identification at Testing Centres

 
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All GED candidates requesting to take the GED Tests must provide valid identification when they appear at the test centre. Acceptable forms of identification include government-issued identification that includes date of birth, photograph, address and signature. Examples of acceptable identification include drivers’ licenses, passports, firearms licenses, liquor commission identification and military and other government-identification cards.

In addition, current postsecondary school identification that includes the candidate’s name, date of birth, photograph, address, and signature are acceptable. Examples of post-secondary institutions include but are not limited to community colleges, universities, vocational-technical (trade) schools, or private occupational schools.


Preparation

 
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Study material for GED test preparation is available from larger book stores.

Preparatory classes for GED are available through school divisions, colleges and other adult programs.


Rescheduling

 
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Applicants wishing to reschedule their test session must contact the GED Testing Office at least ten (10) days before the testing date to reschedule.  If the applicant does not, then the applicant will have to re-register and pay a new application fee.  Applicants must reschedule to write the tests within six months of the initial test date. 

An applicant’s request for rescheduling due to circumstances that cannot be forecasted in advance, like medical or bereavement reasons, may be reviewed after the stated deadline.  For requests such as these, the applicant will be required to provide appropriate documentation to support their rationale.


GED Testing Office

 
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For further information, contact

Manitoba Advanced Education and Literacy
Adult Learning and Literacy
GED Testing Office
Room 362, 340-9th Street
Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6C2
Telephone: 1-800-853-7402 (Toll free)
Fax: (204) 726-6339 or (204) 726-6338


This page was last updated December 6, 2013