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General Educational Development Program (GED Program)

 Call 416-848-7980 for more information

What is the GED Program?

The West Neighbourhood House GED Program prepares you to write the GED (General Educational Development) exam. The GED Program offers flexible scheduling on a part-time basis, usually 12 hours a week, and uses self-directed computer software with support from volunteers and staff.  Daytime and evening times are available.    Most learners complete their preparation in about 6 months.

What is the GED Exam?

The GED Exam lets people who have not finished high school show that they have the skills and knowledge that high school graduates have. People who successfully pass the GED exam earn an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate which is widely accepted for employment, apprenticeships and some post-secondary education purposes.

The exam has 5 parts:

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

The exam is written over two days and takes a total of 7 hours and 5 minutes to complete.

The West Neighbourhood House GED Program is open to anyone over 18 who has not completed high school; however, to be eligible to write the exam, candidates must:

  • be over 18 years old
  • have not completed high school
  • have been out of school for at least one year
  • provide valid photo ID

The exam is administered by the Independent Learning Centre, located in the TVOntario building at 2180 Yonge St. (Yonge and Eglinton).

How to Register

Step 1- Attend an information session: This one-hour session provides an overview of the GED Program, the other West Neighbourhood House Adult Learning Programs as well as other services and programs offered by The House. Call 416-848-7980 to register for the next information session.

Step 2- Write an assessment: The GED Program uses the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) to assess your academic readiness. The CAAT test is used to evaluate reading and math skills and can last 3-4 hours. Depending on the results, participants are accepted into the program or referred to another West Neighbourhood House learning program for further upgrading.

Step 3- A learning coach will call you: Within one week of writing your assessment, a learning coach will contact you to review your results. Together you can talk about what you are interested in doing and what choices are available for you. If the GED Program is right for you, you can begin immediately.


Participants who are accepted into the program are expected to commit to 12 hours a week of instruction spread over 3 days for 4 hours at a time.

Monday – Thursday: 9:30 am- 5:30 pm
Friday: 9 am- 5 pm


If you are receiving Ontario Works, there is no cost to you directly. Ontario Works will pay for your fees ($500). Students not receiving Ontario Works need to pay a program fee of $100 to West Neighbourhood House. There is an additional fee of $100 to write the exam. The Exam Fee is paid to TVOntario.

There are no fees to begin the intake process or to consult with program staff.