Obtaining a GED or HSED in Madison

Getting Your GED or HSED in Madison

STEP 1 - Attend a GED/HSED Pre-Testing Session: This session will take approximately 3 hours. At the session you will take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Please bring a valid ID to the session.

STEP 2 - Register for Preparation Courses: At the end of the GED/HSED Pre-Testing Session, you will speak with Madison College staff to discuss your TABE results. Based on your scores they can recommend any classes that you should take to help ensure your success before beginning the official testing process. If classes are not needed, you will proceed to the next step.

STEP 3 - Attend a Career and Employability Planning Session:  This career planning workshop fulfills the mandatory state requirement for all GED/HSED candidates.  This session (approximately 1 1/2 hours) will be held immediately following the GED/HSED Test Ready. It will offer you the opportunity to explore career options as well as focus on job searching techniques.  Assistance in creating or modifying a resume will also be a part of this session. This Career Planning session is only one of multiple resources for completing Career and Employability Skill requirements.  More information about other qualified resources will be given at the Pre-Test Session. 

STEP 4 - Attend a GED/HSED Test Ready Session: This session will take approximately 1 1/2 hours and is held at the Commercial Avenue Campus located at 2125 Commercial Ave, Madison, WI 53704. Students will be referred to the GED/HSED Test Ready Session once they are prepared to take the official tests. Please bring a valid ID and a completed Ticket to Test Ready to this session.

STEP 5 - Begin Taking the Official GED/HSED Exams: Once you have completed the GED/HSED Test Ready Session, you can begin taking the official GED/HSED exams. Sessions dates and times are Monday 12:00-4:00; Wednesday 12:00-8:00; Thursday 8:30-4:00; every 3rd Saturday 8:30-1:00.  Information is distributed at the Test Ready session and directions are also provided to register on line for an exam.  Students must register on line for a date and time at Pearson Vue.

STEP 6 - For HSED only - Health and Civics Exam:  The Health and Civics exam is given to meet the HSED requirements.  The Health session will take approximately 1 1/2 hours and the Civics session will take approximately 2 1/2 hours.  There is a $5 charge for each.  Payment is made at the Test Center.  No cash payments.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to Madison College.  Please bring a valid ID to this session.  There is a 60 day waiting period before retesting.  Registration is required.