General Educational Development (GED) tests

The GED tests offer adults a way to obtain a high school equivalency diploma recognized by Alberta Education.

Portage College offers GED prep support through the CALP offices at various locations and can administer GED tests in Lac La Biche or Cold Lake.

Many employers will accept the GED in place of a high school diploma, and some college programs accept the GED in place of a prerequisite.

GED candidates:

  • must be 18 or older
  • must not have a high school diploma
  • must have been out of school for at least 10 consecutive months

Candidates can re-write the GED test unlimited times in one calendar year at any GED examination site, with a minimum of 14 days between each re-write attempt.

The 5 GED Tests (GED tests can be written in any order

Test 1: Language Arts – Writing (Part I and Part II) Total time: 120 minutes

  • Part I – 50 multiple choice writing skills questions, 75 minutes
  • Part II – essay, 45 minutes

Test 2: Social Studies Total Time: 70 minutes (50 multiple choice questions)

Test 3: Science Total Time: 80 minutes (50 multiple choice questions)

Test 4: Language Arts – Reading Total time 65 minutes (40 multiple choice questions)

Test 5: Mathematics (Part I and Part II) Total time 90 minutes

  • Part I - 25 Multiple Choice with Calculator, 45 Minutes
  • Part II - 25 Multiple Choice NO Calculator, 45 Minutes

Each individual GED test costs $53.00

All 5 GED tests cost $265.00

In Alberta, a passing mark on the GED is 450 out of 800 per test. A candidate must score at least 450 on all five tests to be successful in the exam. An official High School Equivalency Diploma from Alberta Education will be mailed within 4 to 6 weeks after passing all five GED tests.

If you have questions about GED prep support or would like to register, please call toll free 855-497-1160 or contact Stephanie Monteith at 780-623-5535 or email 

Lac La Biche - Contact Sarah Henson at 780-623-5518

Cold Lake – Contact Melissa Jones at 780-639-7102

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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