Replacing the GED: A Concept note (2011)

The General Education Development (GED) test has been widely used in Canada over the past 25 years as a means of conferring a qualification deemed to be equivalent to a high school diploma. The author of this paper makes the case for a system called PRIME as an attractive alternative to the GED.

Developed by Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, the PRIME assessment system delivers results that are valid, reliable, and interpretable in real time, the author says. It is more reliable, less burdensome, cheaper, and more flexible than the GED.

The PRIME system is linked directly to the demands of Canadian occupations and indirectly to the fields of study that feed those levels, as well as to a large body of research that establishes the link to social, economic and educational success in Canada.

In its current form, the PRIME system could serve the needs of learners seeking access to the postsecondary education system; and adults seeking employment in specific occupations.

It cannot, in its current form, replace the course prerequisites set by provinces as entry requirements to specific postsecondary programs, the author says. That would require specific studies to establish the equivalence of levels in the two systems.

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