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General Educational Development

GED Handbook


The General Educational Development (GED) is a series of five tests in the high school curriculum areas of writing, social studies, science, reading and mathematics. Those who successfully complete all five tests will be awarded a GED Equivalency Diploma. The GED Diploma is equivalent to a high school diploma.


Individuals wishing to write the GED tests in Prince Edward Island must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The candidate must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
  2. The candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
  3. The candidate must have been out of school for at least one full year.
  4. The candidate must have not received a grade 12 graduation certificate from any other institution.
  5. Candidates are required to call Holland College at 1-800-446-5265 (option 3) to arrange to take the GED Official Practice Test prior to being able to register for the GED tests.


There are now two options for you to write your General Educational Development tests. You can schedule for a paper-based test or for a computer-based test.

Paper-Based Testing

  • Complete and submit the online application found below, or
  • Print off the application form (found below) and mail, fax or drop off to
    GED Testing Program, Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning
    176 Great George Street, Suite 212, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4K9
    Telephone 368-4650         Fax 368-6144
  • You will be notified by mail two weeks prior to your writing date.
  • Please advise this office if you change your mailing address, or, if for any reason, you decide not to write the test. Applicants who fail to appear for a testing session who have not given notice, will be required to wait six months to re-register.

Computer-Based Testing

  • Go to and follow the instructions on this website.


General Education Development (GED) Testing Application

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