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General Equivalency Diploma  

General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills.
The GED is also referred to as a General Education Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma, or Graduate Equivalency Degree.   –   Credentials Evaluation   –  version française     

CEGEP (also CÉGEP, Cegep or Cégep) is an acronym for Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel, known officially in English as a “General and Vocational College”.[1] It refers to the public post-secondary education collegiate institutions exclusive to the education system in the province of Quebec in Canada.

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How to Learn a Language

Your best starting point is to have either a pressing need, or a powerful desire to master the language. This may seem obvious, but interest combined with passion brings the best results. If you’re not really enthusiastic about learning the language, then you will end up stalling or quitting. 

Courses with a teacher often work better than teaching yourself, as the structured setting and company can carry you over the inevitable slumps.

Learn a language that you can use or practice often in your daily routine, or create such opportunities for yourself.
Join a speaking club where the enthusiasm is infectious, or spend some time with cultural things that motivate you.
Motivation is a key factor in language learning.  If possible, find materials like books, magazines, websites, radio, TV or movies in the target language as a supplement to other education.
Like-minded buddies (in real life or on chat-sites, for instance) are even better.

The more exposure you have to the language in actual use – whether passive (listening/viewing) or active (conversation, reading) – the better.



General Equivalency Diploma  

Jurisdictions award a “Certificate of General Educational Development” or similarly titled credential to persons who meet the passing score requirements.
 An American GED

An American GED Issued in the State of Iowa.       

The GED comprises five tests: “Language Arts: Writing”, “Social Studies“, “Science“, “Language Arts: Reading”, and “Mathematics“.

To ensure fairness, all Official GED Testing Centers must adhere to the uniform testing standards specified by the American Council on Education, including adherence to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Local policies determine whether students must take all five tests in one day. Some locations divide the tests among two or more days, and testing days are not always consecutive.

Canadian Equivalents for International Education

You may need to have an academic credentials assessment done to determine how your education obtained outside of Canada compares to Canada standards. Be aware that this can be done before you leave your home country and will cost money. Find an assessment agency at the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Foreign credential recognition is the process of verifying that the education, training and job experience you obtained in another country are equivalent to the standards established for Canadian workers.

If you plan to become licensed to work in a regulated occupation, check the licensing process information in the Licence and Certification section of your Working in Canada Report. It will say what credentials assessment is required by your regulatory body. (The regulatory body may do the assessment, or have it done by a specified outside agency.)

If you are planning to enrol in college or university, contact the institution to find out what kind of academic assessment it requires.

Use the comparative chart of services and fees to find information about services offered by credential evaluation and qualification recognition agencies in Canada.

Based on this research, note the approximate cost of the assessment and the length of time it takes to receive an assessment.

Credentials Assessment

Education is an asset when searching for work in Canada, but your education may not automatically be recognized in Canada. Demonstrating your education and academic credentials is, therefore, important. Understanding educational equivalencies between your country of origin and Canada will also help you to understand the kinds of jobs you will be likely to obtain in Canada.

If you are having your academic credentials assessed, keep track the following information:

  • The name of the document requested
  • The organization to which the document should be sent
  • Confirmation that the document was sent
  • Whether or not the document was received
  • The cost of the assessment
  • Whether payment was submitted

Once you have received your assessment, you will be able to determine if you need to upgrade your skills or your education for your intended occupation. If so, you will need to find a course of study at an educational institution near where you plan to live where you can obtain the required training.  

In Canada, similar jobs or occupations often have different titles. You will need to read the first page of the Working in Canada Report and confirm that the job title you have chosen correctly describes the work you plan to do in Canada.

Be aware that the words credentials, competencies and qualifications may often appear to have the same meaning, but in Canada have specific definitions.



World Education Services   –   Credentials Evaluation   –  version française           

Foreign Credentials Referral Office   –  Government of Canada 




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