College Preparation

If you have not completed high school and want to prepare for college, we have two options:

  • Academic Upgrading for the Mature Student Test
  • GED Preparation

Our programs will help you meet the eligibility requirements for college entrance and help you succeed in college. Our education counsellor will help you determine which option will best meet your needs.

Academic Upgrading for the Mature Student Test

An option adult students applying for college may have is to write the mature student test. Depending on the college program you choose, you may have to pass a test in English (reading and writing) or mathematics. You can prepare for this test at our centre’s academic upgrading programs.

GED Preparation

Our upgrading program will prepare you to write the GED tests for your high school equivalency. College programs accept the GED as a high school equivalent. For some programs, particularly in the health field, additional science or math may be required. Read More.

Our programs are convenient:

  • We offer full-time and part-time classes
  • We offer continuous intake – start any week (subject to available space)


Offered in Mississauga and Brampton.

For more information or to book a goal-directed assessment,
call (905) 495-2700 in Brampton or
(905) 507-0111 in Mississauga

Frequently asked questions:

What type of identification is required?

You must provide a valid social insurance number and photo ID to validate your date of birth and mailing address to participate in any of our programs at PALC.

Do I need to have a computer to participate in PALC programs?

You need only to have a computer if you are registered for one of our online /virtual

Are any classes virtual only?

Currently all PALC programs are being delivered in-class and in-person.  Virtual classes are not being offered at this time.

I'm a second language learner. Do I need to provide proof of my CLBA test results?

Yes. You must have a attained a CLBA level 6 in speaking and listening, and you need to be able to provide a copy of your CLBA test results. Note that reading and writing will be assessed before program entry as we must be sure you can successfully use the course materials.

What are the different goals that a GED can help me prepare for?

Successfully passing your GED test will prepare you for employment, post-secondary, or apprenticeship goal paths. Speak with our program assistant for more information.

Is the GED recognized by Apprenticeship Programs?

Yes, Apprenticeship Programs that require Grade 12 recognize the GED as equivalent.

Will the GED allow me to enter College Programs?

The GED will allow you to access some college programs without further testing. For other programs, you also may need to complete a Mature Student Test to gain entrance. Your instructor will work with you to ensure you are ready for both if necessary.

Do you offer credit courses?

PALC does not offer credit courses; however, we can help you prepare to enter certain credit courses. Speak to our program assistant to find out more or to gauge whether GED preparation is a faster way for you to attain your high school equivalency.

What are your program hours? Do I have to attend all classes?

You must be available in the daytime. Program hours are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must be able to be in class at the times you will be assigned and attendance is recorded. Speak to our program assistant to find out more.

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