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.com. Civics 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).