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Secondary School Equivalency Tests
The Secondary School Equivalency Tests (SSET) have been available since 1976 for adults who did not complete their secondary studies, but who nevertheless have acquired knowledge that is usually learned at the secondary level.
If you do not have a Secondary School Diploma, the Ministry of Education offers you an evaluation instrument that will allow you to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, competencies and abilities you have acquired. If you pass the SSET, you will receive an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary Studies (AESS).

For those who do not have a Secondary School Diploma (SSD), the SSET provide a unique opportunity to obtain an AESS and to thus meet the requirements of many employers.

Click below to see our Candidate's Guide.

General Development Test (GDT)

Passing the General Development Test entitles the adult student 18 years of age or older to access certain vocational education programs at the secondary level or to access certain construction trades (CCQ).

When an adult student reaches 18 years of age, and does not meet the requirements for admission to a vocational program, passing the GDT is one of the functional pre-requisites* that is required to be eligible to certain vocational education programs or certain construction trades (CCQ).


*    PLEASE NOTE that for many programs, there are language and/or math pre-requisites in order for an applicant to be eligible for a certain trades.


The GDT can be taken at the age of 18 (on June 30th) in order to prepare you to access vocational training.


Please note that passing the GDT is not equivalent to a Secondary 3 .