GED® Test/HSED Testing
Earn Your High School Credential
Mid-State Technical College offers computer-based GED® and HSED Testing to give adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential and measure their readiness for college and career.
This page summarizes the GED and HSED requirements and provides information about the tests and how to get started, schedule, and prepare. You'll also find information about test day, scores, and transcript requests. If you still have general questions about GED and HSED testing, please contact the Testing Center at 715.422.5443 or Traci Graf. Questions about GED or HSED orientation or preparation should be directed to the LiNK (715.422.5496).
What is the difference between the GED and HSED?
Wisconsin offers two types of high school equivalency credentials: the Certificate of General Educational Development® (GED) and the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). The GED consists of four GED tests—Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies—plus a Civics test in Wisconsin. The HSED consists of the four GED tests, the Civics test, plus a unit of study in career awareness, employability skills, and health.
What help can I get from Mid-State?
LiNK instructors are here to help you prepare for the GED test or HSED by providing:
Assistance with test registration and scheduling
- About the Tests
Requirements and Eligibility
GED Test Requirements
The GED Certificate is earned by passing the four GED tests, plus a Civics test in Wisconsin:
Reasoning Through Language Arts — 150 minutes, includes 10 minute break
Mathematical Reasoning — 115 minutes
Science — 90 minutes
Social Studies — 70 minutes
Civics — 100 questions (untimed)
Note: The computer-based GED tests include seven different item types: multiple choice, short answer, extended response, drag-and-drop, drop-down, fill-in-the-blank, and hot spots. The GED tests are available in English or Spanish.
There are five ways to earn an HSED in Wisconsin:
P.I.5.05 – Pass the four GED tests, pass the Civics test in Wisconsin, and meet the requirements in health, career awareness, and employability skills. (See HSED Plan for Completion for more information.)
P.I.5.06 – Earn at least 22 high school credits including four in English, three in social studies, two in math, two in science, and one-half in health.
P.I.5.07 – Earn 24 post-secondary credits including a credit in each subject in which you did not complete the high school credits required, except physical education.
P.I.5.08 – Present a foreign diploma or degree and meet a citizenship requirement.
P.I.5.09 – Complete a state-approved program through coursework designed to provide knowledge and skills that are expected to be taught in the courses required of high school graduates, including employability skills and civic literacy, and excluding physical education.
Note: A High School Equivalency Diploma is issued from the State of Wisconsin upon completion of any of these five options.
State Eligibility Requirements (GED and HSED)
Wisconsin residency, or migrant worker, or child of a migrant worker
18.5 years of age or proof that 9th grade class has graduated
Not currently enrolled in public or private high school
Not a high school graduate
All students who have not earned a GED or HSED are required to pass a 100 question civics test with a score of 65 or better. For more information see Wisconsin's GED/HSED site.
$33.75 per test, for a total cost of $135 for all four tests. Retests are $10 each. Civics is $10.
- Preparing for the Tests
Attend a mandatory GED/HSED orientation at Mid-State Technical College LiNK (Previously Learning Commons). At this session, you'll complete the TABE Reading assessment. You'll also discuss GED test/HSED options and work with our staff to develop a Plan for Completion and complete the DPI Form.
Create an account at www.GED.com using legal name that matches primary ID. To complete the registration process you will need an active email address (or you can create a free one.) Consult the MyGED® How-To Guide for step-by-step instructions. (See Requesting Accommodations below if you qualify for testing accommodations related to a disability.)
Notify the Testing Center at Mid-State when your orientation is complete and your MyGED™ account is created.
Note: Your registration will be on hold until the Testing Center knows you have completed steps 1 and 2. You must be activated to proceed.
Students with disabilities should follow these steps to request testing accommodations:
- Create a MyGED® account at www.GED.com.
- Select “yes” for modified testing conditions.
- Follow the link to the request system, and follow the prompts.
- Contact Mid-State disability services staff for assistance:
Scheduling the Tests
Tests are scheduled online at www.GED.com or by phone at 877.EXAM.GED or 877.392.5433. Be sure to prepare your payment method and photo identification in advance. To see the greatest number of available appointment times, select one test at a time.
Payment methods accepted
Have valid government-issued photo identification.
Up to one business day prior to your scheduled test, you can cancel at www.GED.com or by calling 877.EXAM.GED. If less than one business day prior, payment will not be reimbursed.
Preparing and Practicing
Free individualized preparation and practice tests are available at any Mid-State LiNK.
Additional online preparation resources:
- Test Day
Arrive at the test center 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. Arrival more than 15 minutes after your scheduled start time and you will be unable to test and will not be reimbursed.
Photo ID is required for every test session. No Exceptions. ID must be government-issued and non-expired and must include all of the following:
Date of birth
How to get a Wisconsin State ID Card if you do not have a driver’s license.
Although lockers will be available, please try to leave other personal belongings at home or in your vehicle.
The following items are not permitted in the testing room: coats, jackets, hats, watches, jewelry, purses, wallets, cell phones, pagers, hand-held computers, tablets, PDAs, other electronic devices, briefcases, backpacks, bags, notes, notebooks, study guides, calculators, dictionaries, language translators, pens, pencils, water bottles, contact lens solution, lip balm, food, drink, tobacco products, weapons such as guns, knives and toy weapons.
Mid-State is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Family and friends may not wait for candidates in the testing area.
- After the Test
A form with instructions on how to access GED test scores will be provided after testing.
Passing is a score of 145 points on each test module. Scores will be available online at student’s MyGED account. Retests on the GED® Tests are available after 10 days have passed for first and second attempts and after 60 days for a third attempt. Retests on the civics test are available after 30 days.
If you need a transcript or duplicate diploma, submit an order form to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). There is a $15 fee for the diploma or transcript.
Mail the fee and order form to:
Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841