What are a GDT and an SSET?
The GDT, or General Development Test, is an admission exam given prior to entering a program leading to a DVS.
It is a test consisting of about 100 questions on general knowledge in the areas of mechanical reasoning (logic), science, problem solving, writing comprehension and language proficiency.
Passing this test indicates that you possess the four competencies deemed sufficient to undertake a program leading to a DVS: to process information, to communicate in writing, to understand basic, important concepts in daily life and to solve problems. The duration of the test is 150 minutes.
The SSET is an equivalency test at the secondary level which allows you to obtain an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary Studies (AESS). This attestation can replace some of the admission requirements for a program leading to a DVS. In some cases, it can also facilitate access to jobs requiring a Secondary School Diploma (SSD). It consists of four 90-minute tests and one 150-minute test.
New tests available
The GEDTS which stands for General Education Development Testing Service, is now available. These five tests are designed for adults who do not have their secondary school diploma. These tests call upon general knowledge and skills as well as the ability to analyze and synthesize material. They allow students to obtain 36 secondary V credits and a certificate of Secondary School Equivalence awarded by the MELS.
Some school boards offer the GEDTS. For further details, check with them.
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