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):
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.)
- Beloit - (608) 757-7741
- Rock County Job Center - (608) 741-3566
- Monroe - (608) 328-8204
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.