GED/HSED

The GED and HSED are computer based high school equivalency exams 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 additional Health and Employability Skills exams.

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 retest fees for GED/HSED are $10.00 and there is a 30 day wait period for retests (first two retakes).  For every additional retake, students must wait 60 days between testing, which are scheduled through www.GED.comCivics retakes require 60 days before any retests.


These tests must be taken on a computer. 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. Attend the mandatory testing orientation, please click on link below to see orientation dates and to make an appointment.  If you do not have GED/HSED account, you can go to www.GED.com to create one before attending orientation. 

3. Attend classes (not mandatory)
4. Take the official exams (on any BTC campus, sign-up on www.GED.com)
5. 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 your www.GED.com 
All copies of a GED/HSED Transcript and Credential earned in Wisconsin can be obtained through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

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 Marticula 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)