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New Adult Learning Credential for Albertans Without a GED

Albertans without a high school diploma can now register for a new adult credential.

The Government of Alberta was selected to lead the development of the replacement for the General Education Development (GED) credential to help meet the demand for a skilled and educated workforce. Through the new Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC), adult learners across Alberta without a high school equivalency diploma are able to pursue this new education credential, opening the doors to more career and education opportunities. 

Replacing the GED with the CAEC will reportedly help strengthen Alberta's education system and workforce by ensuring the material accurately reflects the needs of adults and the diverse perspectives in Canada. The changes will make make test-takers, employees, post-secondary institutions, and others confident that the CAEC is a reliable indicator of an adult's level of educational achievement and knowledge. 

The CAEC is made up of five subject tests: reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Tests will be computer-based, with a paper option and other accommodations available to reflect the learning needs of students, and available in both English and French. The GED will continue to be recognized as a valid credential, and Albertans who did not complete their GED tests can apply to have the results count towards CAEC tests in the same subjects for up to three years, until May 2027.

The CAEC was developed in collaboration with eight provinces and territories, who selected Alberta’s government to lead based on Alberta’s expertise in developing and administering assessments, such as Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams. Alberta will be home to the national CAEC Testing Service and will oversee the administration and delivery of tests. Albertans can register for the CAEC as of May 22, 2024.

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