Canadian GED

Many GED students ask us if the Gedeno lessons and practice tests can also be used by Canadian students to get all set for the Canadian GED exam.

Both the U.S. and Canadian GED exams are issued by the official GED organization, GED Testing Service. There are, however, a few differences.

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The Canadian GED® exam is much like the former U.S. edition and includes five sub-exams since Reading and Writing are separate subtests in Canada, whereas, in the U.S., these subtests were combined into one Language Arts sub-exam.

Furthermore, the U.S. GED test includes questions covering U.S. History and Government & Civics. The questions in Canada, of course, do not relate to the U.S., but to Canadian History and Government and Civics.

For all of the other GED subject matter, you can very well use the Gedeno lessons and practice tests to prepare for the Canadian GED test.

What’s on the Canadian GED test?

In Canada, the GED test consists of five independent sub-exams that cover the academic subject areas of Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science.

For all GED subject matter counts, except for History and Government & Civics, that it is identical in the U.S. and Canada. So you may very well use what’s published here on our Gedeno website to get all set for the Canadian GED as well.


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The free video lessons and practice tests here are generously provided by the premium GED prep course designed by Onsego. As one of only 20 GED prep courses, this GED course is recognized by GED Testing Service as being totally in line with what’s on the current GED tests.

So the Canadian and U.S. versions of the GED test are practically the same, the main differences being that the Canadian Social Studies sub-exam contains questions related to Canadian Government & Civics and Canadian History.

However, for both the Canadian and U.S. Social Studies tests counts that the sub-exam checks predominantly your reading comprehension capacities, not to what extent you know dates and facts.

So you can use our free support to prepare for the Canadian GED Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and Science subtests because the contents are the same in both the U.S. and Canada. For the major part of the Canadian Social Studies exam, the same applies. You can also check out the post about the Canadian website Oregat informs Canadians about the GED test in Canada.

The following sections of the Canadian GED exam are the same as on the U.S. version of the GED exam: Economics, Reading & Analyzing Data, and Practice Tests.

GED Ready test

Before signing up for the real GED exam, you should really take the official GED practice test, the GED Ready® test.

This test is about half the length of the real exam, and your score will indicate whether you are “likely to pass” the real thing or that you need more time to get a passing score.

You will receive a score report that indicates which subject fields need your attention most to improve your score.

The GED Ready test is available at the official GED website GED.com, and there is one GED Ready test for each testing subject.

Canada – five GED subtests

In Canada, the GED exam consists of five individual subtests that are available in both paper-based and computerized formats. The exam can be taken both online and at designated testing facilities.

When taken at a testing center, the GED test is usually administered in a 2-day period. The five sub-exams are often scheduled for Friday evenings and Saturdays. Between the subtests, there are usually short breaks.

GED hopefuls that sit for the five exams in an online proctored GED format don’t have to sit for the five subtests all at once. They can go at their own pace and take the five subtests when they want and in any order.

How long are the subtests in Canada?

In Canada, the allotted time frames for the five sub-exams are

  • Mathematics: 90 minutes (multiple choice questions)
  • Language Arts Reading: 65 minutes (multiple choice questions)
  • Language Arts Writing: Part 1: 75 minutes (multiple choice), Part 2: 45 minutes (writing)
  • Social Studies: 70 minutes (multiple choice questions)
  • Science: 80 minutes (multiple choice questions)

GED in Canada

  • The U.S. and Canadian GED exams are identical except for the History and Government & Civics sections.
  • Both the U.S. and Canadian GED tests are designed and published by the official GED organization, GED Testing Service.
  • Like in the US, the Canadian GED credential is the equivalency of a regular high school diploma and is accepted as such by employers, government organizations, colleges, and universities.
  • In Canada, the minimally required age to be eligible for GED testing is 18 or 19. In Newfoundland, Labrador, and Manitoba, it is 19, while in Ontario, PEI, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, it is 18.
  • In Canada, on part one of the GED Math subtest, you can use a calculator. You cannot bring your own device, but there’ll be one provided by the testing center. You are not allowed to use a calculator on part 2 of the Canadian GED Math test.
  • The Canadian GED passing score is 450 out of 800. This minimum score must be reached for each of the five subtests. So your overall score can, in no case, be under 2250, and you cannot average your scores.

Last Updated on September 13, 2022.