GED/HSED

The GED and HSED are computer based high school equivalency tests that measure skills expected of high school graduates. The General Educational Development (GED) certificate is accepted by most employers, technical colleges and community colleges. However, some employers, universities and branches of the military require a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). An HSED includes the same five GED exams with an additional Health and Employability Skills requirement.

TO EARN A GED OR HSED IN WISCONSIN, YOU MUST:

  • Be at least 18½ years old
  • Be a Wisconsin resident or have lived in the state for at least 10 days, or be a migrant worker or the child of a migrant worker
  • Not be currently enrolled in a high school
  • Not have a high school diploma

THE FIVE GED CONTENT AREAS ARE:

  • Science - $33.75
  • Social Studies - $33.75
  • Mathematical Reasoning - $33.75
  • Reasoning through Language Arts - $33.75
  • Civics - $10.00

All tests are scheduled through www.GED.com.


Retest fees for GED are $10.00 if the retests are done within 12 months of the failed test. There is a 30-day wait period for retests (first two retakes). For every additional retake, students must wait 60 days between testing and the fee will be $33.75. Civics retakes require 60 days before any retests.


These tests must be taken on a computer at an official GED testing center. For your convenience, BTC offers both testing services and preparation classes at several locations, including Beloit, Job Center and Monroe campus. 


STEPS TO COMPLETING YOUR GED/HSED

1. Decide if you want to take GED/HSED classes and which campus (Beloit, Job Center or Monroe)

2. Call to set up the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):
  • Beloit - (608) 757-7741
  • Rock County Job Center - (608) 741-3566
  • Monroe - (608) 328-8204
3. Attend a Returning to Learning Session (This session will help you decide if you are ready to start GED testing. It will also explain the GED class options that are available to you.)
 
4. Attend classes (not mandatory) 

5. Attend the mandatory testing orientation, please click on the links below for Fall 2017 to see orientation dates and to make an appointment.
  • If you do not have a GED/HSED account, you can go to www.GED.com to create one before attending orientation
  • You do not have to attend a GED orientation before attending classes, but a GED orientation must be completed before you can schedule a GED test.

6. Take the official exam (on any BTC campus, sign-up on www.GED.com)

7. After you pass the GED test, your diploma will be issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If you did not receive your diploma, or want to request GED transcripts, you will need to go to www.GED.com.

SPRING 2018 GED/HSED ORIENTATION SCHEDULE 
(BELOIT CENTER, ROCK COUNTY JOB CENTER, & MONROE CAMPUS)

Note: GED/HSED examinees MUST attend an appointment-only orientation session prior to testing. This is a state law and you will not be able to register for tests or pay testing fees prior to fulfilling this requirement. You must be a Wisconsin resident. Please do not attend if you are younger than 18 ½ years old.

Please review these steps before choosing your orientation date:

  1. Decide if you want or need GED/HSED classes at either the Beloit Center or Job Center.
  2. Call to set up the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
    • Beloit - (608) 757-7741
    • Rock County Job Center - (608) 741-3566
    • Monroe - (608) 328-8204
  3. Attend a Returning to Learning Session (This session will help you decide if you are ready to start GED testing. It will also explain the GED class options that are available to you.)
  4. Attend classes (not mandatory)

Choose a date of the required testing orientation, listed below and make an appointment. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early as the orientation begins promptly at the listed times.


Beloit Center Campus ‐ 50 Eclipse Center, Beloit, WI
APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 757-7744


Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in Room 219 
January 30, 2018 
February 27, 2018 
March 27, 2018 
April 24, 2018 
May 15, 2018













Thursdays at 9:00 AM in Room 223 
January 25, 2018 
February 1, 2018 
February 8, 2018
February 15, 2018
February 22, 2018
March 1, 2018
March 8, 2018
March 15, 2018
March 29, 2018
April 5, 2018
April 12, 2018
April 19, 2018
April 26, 2018
May 3, 2018
May 10, 2018
May 17, 2018


Rock County Job Center ‐ 1900 Center Ave, Janesville, WI
APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 741-3566


Thursdays at 12:30 PM in Room F
January 25, 2018
February 1, 2018
March 1, 2018
April 12, 2018
May 3, 2018


Monroe Campus ‐ 210 Fourth Ave, Monroe, WI
APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 329-8204


Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in Room 402
January 16, 2018
February 6, 2018
March 6, 2018
April 3, 2018

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in Room 402
February 21, 2018
January 31, 2018


SPRING 2018 GED/HSED ORIENTATION SCHEDULE
(CENTRAL CAMPUS)

  1. Decide if you want or need GED/HSED classes at either the Beloit Center or Job Center.
  2. Call to set up the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
  3. Choose a date of the required testing orientation, listed below and make an appointment. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early as the orientation begins promptly at the listed times.


    Central Campus ‐ 6004 S Country Road G, Janesville, WI
    APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 757-7666


    Fridays at 11:00 AM in Room 2219
    January 5, 2018
    February 2, 2018
    March 2, 2018
    April 27, 2018
    May 18, 2018

SPRING 2018 ‐ GED/HSED HEALTH & EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS TEST DATES SCHEDULE
(BELOIT CENTER, ROCK COUNTY JOB CENTER, MONROE CAMPUS & CENTRAL CAMPUS)

Note: You must sign up for these testing dates by calling the telephone number listed below. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Testing begins promptly at the times listed. You may not enter the testing room when the door is closed. Bring your official Photo ID. Coats, cell phones, purses/handbags, portable music players, any food or drink items, textbooks, etc. will need to be locked in secure storage.


Beloit Center Campus ‐ 50 Eclipse Center, Beloit, WI
APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 757-7744

Wednesdays at 1:00 PM in Room 223 for HEALTH
January 17, 2018
February 14, 2018
March 14, 2018
April 11, 2018
May 9, 2018

Wednesdays at 2:30 PM in Room 223 for EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
January 17, 2018
February 14, 2018
March 14, 2018
April 11, 2018
May 9, 2018

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in Room 223 for HEALTH
February 20, 2018
April 17, 2018

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in Room 223 for EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
February 20, 2018
April 17, 2018


Rock County Job Center ‐ 1900 Center Ave, Janesville, WI
APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 741-3566

Thursdays at 1:00 PM in Room F for HEALTH
February 1, 2018
March 1, 2018
April 12, 2018
May 3, 2018

Thursdays at 2:30 PM in Room F for EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
February 1, 2018
March 1, 2018
April 12, 2018
May 3, 2018


Monroe Campus ‐ 210 Fourth Ave, Monroe, WI
in Room 402 for HEALTH and EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 329-8204


Central Campus ‐ 6004 S County Road G, Janesville, WI
in Room 2219 for HEALTH and EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 329-8248

TESTING IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

When you register for your GED test, you will receive an e-mail from Pearson VUE explaining ID requirements. Be sure to read the email carefully. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TEST IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE EXAM IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.

Students are required to provide one valid form of identification. The ID must be GOVERNMENT ISSUED and NON-EXPIRED. It must include the student's name, address, date of birth, signature and a photo. 

The following forms of ID are acceptable:

  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • Learners permit
  • National or state ID Card 
  • Any other form of government-issued ID (national or foreign) including Matricula Consular

High School Compulsory Attendance Program (Wisconsin Statute 118.15)

Students between the ages of 16 and 18 who are at risk of not graduating from their local high schools may attend BTC as an alternative. These students may either earn credits that will apply to their graduation requirements, or work toward their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). It is necessary that the parent or guardian go through the high school to start the process. Once the student has been accepted, the high school contracts with BTC for instructional services.

HSED Overview

The HSED credential includes all of the GED components and three additional requirements. The subject areas are:

  • Health – can be met through previous or current coursework or by passing a standardized test (test study guide)
  • Civics - New requirement for all students completing GED or HSED.  This requirement can only be fulfilled by successfully passing the U.S. Citizenship test.  You must take the 100 question test and earn a score of 65 or better.  The link to study is: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/teachers/educational-products
  • Employment Skills - can be met through previous or current coursework or by passing a standardized test (test study guide)