Most employers today require at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. The GED and HSED are high school equivalency tests that meet this requirement. The GED test is a computer based, five-subject high school equivalency exam that measures skills expected of high school graduates. The GED is accepted by most employers, technical colleges and community colleges. However, some employers, universities and branches of the military require a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).
To earn a GED or HSED in Wisconsin, you must:
- Be at least 18 1/2 years old
- Be a Wisconsin resident or have lived in the state for at least 10 days, or be a migrant worker or the child of a migrant worker
- Not be currently enrolled in a high school
- Not have a high school diploma
The five GED content areas are:
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Civics (Effective March 1, the Civics exam is available through GED.com)
An HSED includes the same five GED exams and the additional Health requirement.
Ready to begin testing? See Step 4 below.
These tests must be taken on a computer. For your convenience, Madison college offers both testing services and preparation classes at several MATC locations, including Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown.
GED/HSED Completion Steps
Testing Identification Requirements
When you register for your GED test, you will receive an e-mail from Pearson VUE explaining ID requirements. Be sure to read the email carefully. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TEST IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE EXAM IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.
Students are required to provide one valid form of identification. The ID must be GOVERNMENT ISSUED and NON-EXPIRED. It must include the student's name, address, date of birth, signature and a photo.
The following forms of ID are acceptable:
- Driver's license
- Learners permit
- National or state ID Card
- Any other form of government-issued ID (national or foreign) including Marticula Consular.