A high school diploma in 5 easy tests

Since becoming a candidate for City Council in Toronto Ward 29, I have had the opportunity to meet and talk to various members of the community. As part of this, I have spent at great deal of time listening to their concerns.

There is a difference between having a life and having a career. They are not, and should not be regarded as the same. Who you are is not the same as what you do. That said, it is difficult to have a life without some kind of job or career. It is harder and harder to get “your foot in the door” for many kinds of jobs. There is now an expectation that people approach the job search process with a minimal level of education. Obviously, different levels of education are required for different kinds of jobs and careers.

That said, it is hard to proceed without a “High School Diploma”.

I spent some time talking to a Toronto Ward 29 resident who is in his late 30’, is unemployed and is very discouraged. What I discovered was that it is possible to get the equivalent of a high school diploma – a GED certificate – by passing five exams.

Complete information may be found at:


About The GED

According to the above site:

“GED Testing is for adults who left high school without a diploma.

People who take and pass the GED earn an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate.

The ILC is the exclusive provider of General Educational Development (GED) Testing in Ontario.

The GED was established in 1942 and is recognized throughout Canada and the United States.”

What the Tests Show

The GED Tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to demonstrate high-school level knowledge and skills.

Why People Write the GED Tests

The GED Tests are for you if you want to:

  • receive a high school equivalency certificate
  • qualify for employment
  • gain promotion within your own organization
  • apply for admission to an educational or training institution
  • enter an apprenticeship program

Who Can Take the GED Tests

To take the GED Tests in Ontario, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have not graduated from high school
  • have been out of the school system for at least one full year
  • be a resident of Ontario

What is On the GED Tests

The GED Tests are a set of five tests in the core high school curriculum areas:

  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Language Arts: Reading
  • Mathematics
    • Part 1 (use of calculator)
    • Part 2 (no calculator)
  • Social Studies
  • Science

The tests measure important knowledge and skills (such as your ability to understand and apply information; to evaluate, analyze, and draw conclusions; and to express ideas and opinions in writing) that are usually acquired during a regular high school program of study. See the complete test outline.

Once again, you can find complete information at:


It may help get your career moving again!


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