GED/HSED Information

The state of Wisconsin offers multiple options to complete your high school equivalency. Madison College's General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) programs can help you earn either one. Whether you are earning your GED or HSED to maintain your current job, to get a new job that requires a high school diploma or to enter college to continue your education, the School of Academic Advancement at Madison College can help you get started.

To earn a GED or HSED in Wisconsin, you must meet certain criteria:

  • Be 18 1/2 or older
  • Be a Wisconsin resident
  • Not be currently enrolled in a high school
  • Not have a high school diploma
GED and HSED 2019


GED and HSED classes are offered tuition-free to Wisconsin residents but may require the purchase of a textbook or other materials. Our campuses have learning centers that provide GED/HSED students with individualized Pre-GED or GED/HSED instruction as extra support for structured classes or as an independent learning option.

The cost for obtaining your GED is $135, which includes four GED exams ($30 per test) and a diploma fee ($15). The HSED testing option has an additional cost for the health and civics exams ($10 total). Retest fees may also be applicable if a passing score is not obtained the first time the test is taken. For the GED, fees are paid by voucher, credit or debit card when making your testing appointment online at


To order a GED/HSED Transcript and Credential earned in Wisconsin, you may order your transcript through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by completing their DPI form.

Employers, colleges and universities that need to verify that a candidate has a GED or HSED from Wisconsin can receive this information directly from DPI.

If your transcript is needed for Madison College admissions and you tested at any of the Madison College campuses, please contact the Testing Center at Madison College for verification at (608) 246-5220, option 3.

Other High School Completion Programs and Options

Wisconsin offers other options for adults to complete their high school equivalency. Madison College offers guidance and counseling for adults to ensure they choose the option that is best for them. Learn more about Wisconsin’s GED/HSED options. 

For questions about which options might be best for you, please contact the School of Academic Advancement at 608-258-2440 Option 8.