How long does it take to get my GED or HSED?
It will depend on what grade you dropped out of, how long it’s been since you were in school, and what you have been doing in that time. How much time you dedicate to studying for the tests will also affect the total time it takes to obtain your diploma. Some students can pass all four exams in one month, while other students will take a year or longer to finish.
What options are there for earning my high school diploma?
5.04 - GED (General Educational Development certificate) - Pass the 4 GED tests and the Civics test and complete the career/employability workshop.
5.05 - HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) - Pass the 4 GED tests and Civics test, career/employability workshop and meet the requirements in health awareness.
5.06 - High School credit options - you may qualify for this option if you have earned at least 22 semester high school credits, in certain subject areas (English, Social Studies, Science, Math and Health).
5.07 - Post Secondary credit option - you may qualify for this option if you have earned at least 24 semester college credits, in certain subject areas.
5.08 - Foreign Diploma option - you may qualify for this option if you graduated from high school in a different country - you will need to provide a diploma and transcript, translated into English.
5.09 - Competency based diploma - classroom based diploma option - students commit to at least one year of classwork to work through all the competencies for their high school diploma.
Please contact the Testing Center for more information and to learn about the other additional requirements for these high school completion options.
Is keyboarding speed a big issue for the GED tests?
Yes. Typing practice is recommended as part of the study plan for the GED tests.
What is a passing score on each test?
Each of the four tests is worth up to 200 points. A minimum score of 145 on each of the tests is required for passing. On the 100 question Civics test, you will need a passing score of 60. On the 90 question Health test, you will need a minimum passing score of 55.
How many retakes do I get if I don’t pass the first time?
Students are allowed to retest if needed. For the first two retakes, students must wait 30 days between testing times. For every additional retake, students must wait 60 days between testing.
Are accommodations available for the GED exams?
Yes, a range of accommodations are available based on the needs of candidates with disabilities. The need must be documented by a qualified medical professional. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to: extra time, a private room, frequent breaks, an interpreter, a scribe, a calculator, etc. Please contact the Testing Center for more information.
What is the cost for the GED?
The cost for obtaining your GED is $145. This includes the four GED exams ($30 per test), the Civics exam ($10) and a diploma fee ($15). The HSED has an additional cost for the health exams ($5). Retest fees are applicable if a passing score is not obtained on the first try. For the GED, fees are paid by voucher, credit card or debit card when scheduling your testing appointment online. A limited number of GED vouchers are available if payment of the test fees would present a substantial financial hardship. Financial hardship is determined by an application process and verified by the Testing Office. If you have questions about whether you qualify for financial assistance, please contact the Testing Center.
Who issues my GED or HSED Diploma?
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issues all GED and HSED Diplomas and Transcripts.