The two most common options for high school completion are the GED certificate and the HSED. The GED is accepted by most employers, technical colleges and community colleges. Some employers, universities and branches of the military, however require an HSED or High School diploma. You can decide which option is best for you.
The GED is a certificate awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for successfully completing tests in five high school academic areas:
All tests are multiple choice except for the Writing (part II) section which requires you write an essay. You need a minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests (2250 standard score total) in order to pass.
The standardized GED tests are given on a regularly scheduled basis at sites throughout the Madison College District. Applicants for the GED must also participate in career awareness counseling, which includes an assessment of reading skills, an assessment of career interests and aptitudes, and the development of a career plan. You must attend an Orientation before you can begin testing. GED/HSED Orienation and Testing Schedules.
Individuals who wish to obtain an HSED must pass all the GED requirements and meet requirements in health, civic literacy and employability skills. The cost is $75 for the five main battery tests, $5 each for the Health and Civics test plus a $15 credential processing fee.
Instruction is available, but not required, for individuals preparing to take the GED and HSED tests. Instruction and practice tests are provided in all five content areas that make up the GED exam. Classes are offered tuition-free to Wisconsin residents but may require the purchase of a text book or other materials.