High School Equivalency Tests

The Canadian version of the General Education Diploma (GED®) program has been discontinued and will be replaced by the new Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) in the spring of 2024.

The GED was developed in 2002 by the American assessment firm Pearson and was long used across Canada as the high school equivalency test. However, Pearson informed Canadian jurisdictions that they can no longer support the test due to outdated technology.

The GED program was discontinued in the Northwest Territories in May 2024.

If you earned your GED before it was discontinued, it will continue to be recognized as a valid credential.

Individuals who have completed some, but not all of the five GED tests by March 31, 2024 will have three years to put those completed tests toward their Canadian Adult Education Credential.

  • For example, if you’ve completed Math, Science and Social Studies through the GED, you have until 2027 to complete the CAEC tests for Reading and Writing. If you do not complete them by 2027, you would have to write all five through the CAEC.

Canadian Adult Education Credential

The CAEC is still in development in collaboration with Canadian provinces and territories that have opted in, including the NWT. It has been designed similarly to the GED, using the same breakdown for the exams (English Language – Reading, English Language – Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science). It will be available in paper format and online.

The GED and CAEC are high school equivalencies; however, they do not meet most prerequisites for post-secondary education programs. It is important that you research the post-secondary schools and programs you wish to apply for and ensure you have the necessary prerequisites and grades for admission.

ECE will provide more information about the requirements to write the CAEC and how to access the tests as it becomes available.

In the meantime, residents and adult learners can find more information by contacting a Career Development Officer at your local ECE Regional Service Centre or email advancededucation@gov.nt.ca.