If you have a documented disability and are in need of specific testing accommodations, please contact the Assessment Center office at (608) 246-5220. Persons requiring accommodations will need to meet qualifying criteria.
If you have some other need or question, contact the Testing Center at (608) 246-5220 in Madison - see the calendar for other campus contact information.
Attending the Pre-Test session is the first step in obtaining a GED or HSED. Beginning May 30, 2013, these sessions are held at our Commercial Avenue campus and do not require an appointment. At the session you will take the TABE test and be able to register for preparation classes if needed.
Attendance at the Test Ready session - formerly called the GED/HSED Orientation, is required prior to beginning the official GED or HSED testing. Registration is required to attend a session. At Regional campuses the Pre-Test session and Test Ready session is done in one orientation and in Madison this is done in two (2) parts. The Test Ready session includes the Wisconsin requirements to obtain your GED or HSED, paperwork, setting up an account to track your scores and meeting with an Academic Advisor. This session can last 3-4 hours.
Once you have prepared for the GED tests and attended both the Pre-Test and Test Ready sessions, the next step is to take and pass the five GED tests. Remember the GED tests cannot be taken online. Registration is required to attend a session. The GED tests released in 2002 (the "2002 Series") measure your knowledge in science, math, social studies, reading and writing, including an essay that assesses your ability to write and communicate effectively. The HSED has additional requirements of Health and Civics. The tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to demonstrate they have high school-level academic knowledge and skills.
Starting in 2014, there will be a new GED® test*. The current version of the GED® test is expiring at the end of 2013 and your scores will expire too if you don't finish and pass the test by then. If you've already started the GED® or HSED test, you're almost there. If you finish now, you won't have to repeat the parts you've already passed.
This is the list of Orientation sessions for the Regional campuses. At the Regional campuses the TABE testing components of the Pre-Test and the required components of the Test Ready session are done in a single event. If you are in Madison, you will need to attend the Pre-Test and Test Ready sessions before beginning your official testing.