The GED test is a five-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers.

The five subjects are:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Civics

Before you can begin testing you must attend a mandatory testing orientation, please see schedule below.  After you pass the GED test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state but you’ll receive a GED transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job.  Click here for more information or to setup a GED account.

To earn the HSED, a candidate must meet further requirements related to coursework in health, civics literacy and employability skills.

Blackhawk Technical College offers scheduled testing at various locations.  Students can view testing schedules on after they have attended an orientation.  Testing cost is $33.75 per test for either a General Educational Development Certificate or a High School Equivalency Diploma.  Civics test is $10.00 per test.  All retest fees for GED/HSED are $10.00 and there is a 30 day wait period for retest, which are scheduled through

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 60 or better.  The link to study is:
  • Employment Skills - can be met through previous or current coursework or by passing a standardized test (test study guide)

GED/HSED Classes

The Learning Support Division provides individualized and classroom instruction for individuals preparing to take the GED and for those completing the HSED. Day and evening classes are offered to potential GED examinees at sites throughout the district. There are no charges for these classes; however, a nominal material fee may be required.

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.