Ending of the General Educational Development (GED) Test
As of May 3rd, 2024, the current Canadian version of the General Education Development (GED) tests will no longer be available. The GED tests contain a group of four academic subject tests and serve as a way for individuals over 18 to certify their academic knowledge equivalent for a high school diploma.
The tests are currently being provided by TVO Independent Learning Centre. However, they will no longer be available after this spring since Pearson Vue GED Testing Service is ending its testing service in Canada. The news of this came unexpectedly, and no explanation has been provided for the reason behind this change.
The ministry of education has released a memo advising individuals that the test will still be available until the spring. To be eligible to take the test on time, individuals must register for the test by January 31st, 2024, and must schedule their test date by March 31st, 2024. Once registered, all exams must be completed by April 15, 2024.
At this time, the ministry is unsure what the current GED test will be replaced with for future students. Currently, the only alternative available is the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) evaluation provided through the school boards.
The PLAR is a formal evaluation and credit–granting process, by which individuals are able to obtain credits based on prior learning through both formal and informal means. This assessment allows individuals that are past school age to obtain knowledge for credits they have earned outside of their formal education.
The ministry of education is currently working with other Canadian jurisdictions and TVO regarding alternative opportunities going forward and are hopeful that more information about the GED replacement will be available in the future.