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GED and HSED 2019
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GED? HSED? What’s the difference?

The good news is: most college and employers accept both.

GED

For a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED), you must pass tests in math, science, social studies, language arts and civics.

HSED

For a High School Equivalency Diploma, you must pass the GED tests and complete additional work in health, employability skills and career awareness.

There are many variations of GED and HSED.

See everything offered at Madison College!

  • 1.

    5.04 GED

    Pass the four GED tests and the Civics test and complete the career workshop.

    Receive personalized preparation for the four official GED exams, plus the civics exam. 

    Madison College has a student assistance fund to assist with the cost of the GED exams. 

  • 2.

    5.05 HSED

    Pass the four GED tests and Civics test, career and employability workshop and meet the requirements in health awareness.

  • 3.

    5.06 HSED

    This option is for students who earned at least 22 high school credits in specific subject areas.

  • 4.

    5.07 HSED

    Consider this program if you’ve already completed 24 or more college credits in specific subjects.

  • 5.

    5.08 HSED

    This program is for those who have graduated high school or a postsecondary school outside the U.S. You must be able to speak, read and write in English. 

    Contact Jose Luna at jaluna@madisoncollege.edu or 608.258.2378.

  • 6.

    5.09 HSED

    The 5.09 HSED is a competency-based program that is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma. Students complete coursework in eight subjects: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Civics, Health, and Employability skills. This program is designed for students to finish in one year. In order to finish in one year, students must study a minimum of 15 hours/week. The 5.09 HSED course is offered at the following campuses:

    • Madison College - Goodman South
    • Madison College - Commerical Avenue
    • Fort Atkinson
    • Portage
    • Reedsburg
    • Watertown

    The courses in the 5.09 HSED program are offered free of tuition. The only costs for students in the program is the books and materials as well as the $15 diploma fee.

  • 7.

    HEP Program

    The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is an educational program targeted to help migrant and seasonal farm workers and their immediate family members earn a GED/HSED. HEP classes are offered in English and Spanish.

    Contact us:

  • 8.

    Spanish GED Program

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    In collaboration with the Latino Academy of Workforce Development, Madison College offers classes taught in the Spanish Language to help students prepare for the GED exams. Classes are held at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development at 1917 Lakepoint Dr, Madison, WI 53713. 

    Latino Academy provides wrap around support services such as:

    • Career counseling
    • Case management
    • Child care provided on-site. 

    Students study the Five GED subject areas:

    1. Reasoning through Language Arts
    2. Mathematics
    3. Science
    4. Social Studies
    5. Civics

    Students complete the exams in the Spanish language. 

  • 9.

    Compulsory Education Program

    The Compulsory Attendance Law (Wisconsin Statute 118.15) allows 17 to 18 1/2 year old students to modify their high school curriculum with the written approval of their parents/guardians and the school board, and enroll in a program leading to a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) given to them by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. A contract will be done between Madison College, the school district and the student along with their parent/guardian if student is not 18.

    • Class is Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Students must attend 15 hours per week.
    • Student is eligible to finish their HSED at the end of the semester in which they turn 18 years of age or when their class graduates.
    • Test fees are $145 and is the responsibility of the school district to pay.

    To get started please contact Leah Wiseman at 608.258.2435 or lwiseman@madisoncollege.edu

What You'll Need

To get a GED or HSED, you must:

  1. Be at least 18½ years old
  2. Have lived in Wisconsin for at least 10 days or be a migrant worker or child of a migrant worker
  3. Not be currently enrolled in high school
  4. Not have a high school diploma

How much will it cost?

GED and HSED classes are tuition free but there is a charge for the tests. Vouchers are available in cases of financial need.

GED: $145

$33.75 each for math, science, social studies, language arts tests plus $10 for civics.

HSED: $145

Same as for the GED. There is no charge for health and employability skills.

Where can I get my GED?

Most Madison College campuses have GED/HSED programs. Please contact the school of Academic Advancement to learn more. 

Contact the School of Academic Advancement

Madison Goodman South Campus, 127

2429 Perry St
Madison, WI 53713

saa@madisoncollege.edu
608.258.2440

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In-Person Service Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

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