GED/HSED FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO OBTAIN TRANSCRIPTS AND CREDENTIALS?
You can visit Blackhawk Technical College’s Central Campus Testing Center in Janesville to pick-up a certified transcript/duplicate credentials GED/HSED program—order form or click the following link: https://dpi.wi.gov/ged/transcripts that will give you directions on requesting transcripts through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI).

NOTE: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will charge a $15.00 fee for each document (credential or transcript) you request. If additional copies of these documents are requested on the same order, they will be issued at a charge of $2.00 each.

All information provided will remain strictly confidential. When WDPI receives your order form and fee payment, they will issue your document(s) and mail them to your home (unless another location is specified on the form). Your order will be processed in the sequence received and could take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive.

EMERGENCY ORDERS TRANSCRIPTS AND CREDENTIALS
An Emergency Service Fee of $25.00 is available to have documents shipped within 48 hours. This $25.00 fee is in addition to the fee for the document(s) requested. Emergency orders must have a physical street address; we are unable to mail to post office boxes.  It may take 3-5 business days to receive the documents depending on your location.
 
  • Mail the completed form, along with your check or money order* for the applicable fee(s), to:

    Business Office
    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    PO Box 7841
    Madison, WI 53707-7841

    *Credit card order forms can be faxed to (608) 267-9275
  • Persons who want to come to the department to pick a copy of their certified transcript or duplicate credential should call and schedule an appointment at 608-267-9245.
  • Visitors to WDPI must report to 5th floor reception desk to check in for appointments.
  • Street Address: 125 South Webster Street Madison, WI 53703-3474
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GED AND HSED?
Most employers today require at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. GED is the acronym for the tests of General Educational Development that were developed by the American Council on Education and are administered in Wisconsin at testing sites approved by the state superintendent and GED Testing Service. The GED test consists of a battery of tests to measure competency in math, science, social studies, and language arts. Persons who pass only the GED test battery qualify for a GED certificate issued by the Department of Public Instruction.

HSED is the acronym for High School Equivalency Diploma, which consists of the GED test battery as well as health, employability skills, and career awareness. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY GED OR HSED?
It will depend on what grade you dropped out of, how long it’s been since you were in school, and what you have been doing in that time. How much time you dedicate to studying for the tests will also affect the total time it takes to obtain your diploma. Some students can pass all four exams in one month, while other students will take a year or longer to finish.

WHAT IS A PASSING SCORE ON EACH TEST?
Each of the four tests is worth up to 200 points. A minimum score of 145 on each of the tests is required for passing. On the 100 question Civics test, you will need a passing score of 60. On the 90 question Health test, you will need a minimum passing score of 55.

HOW MANY RETAKES DO I GET IF I DON’T PASS THE FIRST TIME?
Students are allowed to retest if needed. For the first two retakes, students must wait 30 days between testing times. For every additional retake, students must wait 60 days between testing.

ARE ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE GED EXAMS?
Yes, a range of accommodations are available based on the needs of candidates with disabilities. The need must be documented by a qualified medical professional and approved by www.GED.com.  Once approved, a PearsonVue representative will contact BTC’s Disability Coordinator to arrange testing accommodations.  All accommodation testing is held on BTC Central Campus only.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE GED?
The cost for obtaining your GED is $145. This includes the four GED exams ($33.75 per test), the Civics exam ($10). If you completed your GED and want to receive your HSED there is an additional ($15) cost. Retest fees are applicable if a passing score is not obtained on the first try. 

For the GED, fees are paid by voucher, credit card or debit card when scheduling your testing appointment online. Testers needing a voucher can purchase from BTC Central Campus at Express Services.

A limited number of GED vouchers are available if payment of the test fees would present a substantial financial hardship. Financial hardship is determined by an application process and verified by the Chief GED/HSED Examiner or other designated staff. If you have questions about whether you qualify for financial assistance, please contact the Testing Center.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PURSUE A GED OR HSED IN WISCONSIN?
A person must reside in Wisconsin for at least 10 days, or be a migrant worker or the child of a migrant worker in order to be eligible for Wisconsin’s High School Equivalency Diploma or Certificate of General Educational Development.

A person must also be at least 18½ years of age or have proof that the class they entered 9th grade with has graduated. 

CAN A PERSON TAKE THE GED TESTS ONLINE? 
No, the official GED tests are not available online. They must be taken at an official GED testing center.

CAN SCORES ON THE 2002 GED TESTS BE COMBINED WITH PARTIAL SCORES ON PREVIOUS OR FUTURE SERIES OF THE GED TESTS?
No. GED Testing Service policy states that scores earned on previous versions of the test may not be combined with other versions of the GED Tests. If a candidate did not successfully complete the battery by the end of 2013, his or her scores will be invalidated and he or she must start again with the 2014 series tests.

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE?
There are a number of opportunities offered at or through BTC to help adults prepare for the GED/HSED test. Classes, computer-assisted instruction and individualized instruction are available. These are available both on a daytime and evening basis at various locations throughout the school year. There is no cost for the class; however, material fees may be charged and students may wish to purchase books. No guarantee can be made, but enrollment in preparatory classes has proved to be one of the surest methods leading up to successful performance on the GED/HSED tests. Our Learning Centers offer the course work option for health and civic literacy. 

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