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  1. Who is eligible to earn a GED Certificate or HSED Diploma?
  2. How do I start testing?
  3. How can I prepare for GED Tests and HSED Tests?
  4. What documentation must I provide to test?
  5. What topics are covered on the GED Tests?
  6. What additional requirements must I complete for the HSED?
  7. Where are GED Tests and HSED Tests administered?
  8. How much does testing cost?
  9. What test scores must I have?
  10. How do I get my test scores?
  11. May I retake a test?
  12. How do I request a transcript?
  13. Is the GED Test offered in Spanish?
  14. How do I register for GED Test and HSED Test orientation?

1. To receive a GED Certificate or HSED Diploma, you must:

  • be 18 years and 6 months of age or
  • your ninth (9th) grade class must have graduated from high school
  • be a resident of Wisconsin (or be a migrant worker or child of a migrant worker)
  • not be currently enrolled in a public or private high school and
  • not be a high school graduate

2. How do I start testing?

If you meet the residency and age eligibility requirements, you must complete the reading and math assessments and attend the "Success Strategies" Orientation Session. Then you can begin the actual GED Tests and HSED tests.

3. How can I prepare for GED Tests and HSED Tests?

NWTC offers GED test preparation classes. Classes are free of charge and available year-around, day or evening, at a variety of locations. (Green Bay, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay Campuses or Regional Learning Centers). We recommend that you take the preparation classes, but they are not required. Most bookstores and libraries have GED Test and HSED Test preparation materials.

4. What documentation must I provide to test?

You must provide proof of age and valid, unexpired, picture identification. Your driver's license is preferred. The name on the identification must match your name exactly. If you have an out of state id, you must have proof that you are a resident of Wisconsin.  Examples would be: an electrical/water bill, check statement, or payroll stub.

5. What topics are covered on the GED Tests?

Reasoning through Language Arts: 155 minutes

Social Studies: 75 minutes

Science: 95 minutes

Mathematics: 120 minutes

NOTE: As of July 1, 2016 all GED/HSED Test Candidates must complete an an untimed Civics Literacy Test in order to obtain your credential.

6. What additional requirements must I complete for the HSED?

HSED Tests are pass/fail, untimed, and not counted in the total score of the 4 GED Tests: These tests and the Employability Skills Interview are given by appointment only.

Health Literacy:

  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Personal and Family Health
  • Community and Environmental Health
  • First Aid
  • Nutrition

Civic Literacy:

  • Principles of United States Constitutional Government
  • Functions of Wisconsin State Government
  • Individual Rights and Responsibilities
  • Structure and Role of the Court System
  • Roles of Political Parties

Employability Skills - You must:

  • submit a typed resume and introductory letter
  • submit a completed job application form.
  • meet with an NWTC counselor to complete a simulated job interview.

7. Where are GED Tests and HSED Tests administered?

The test centers located on the Green Bay, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay campuses of NWTC administer GED Tests and HSED Tests.

8. How much does GED Testing and HSED Testing cost?

The TABE Reading and Math assessments, "Success Strategies" orientation session, and preparation courses are free.

See the testing fees. No refunds will be issued for test fees paid in advance. The same fees are applicable at all test centers.

9. What test scores must I earn?

You must earn a total of 600 points to earn a GED Certificate on each of the four tests (145 X 4 = 580). A passing test score is 145.

GED Test score requirements are:

  • Required minimum standard score of 145 on each test. (Max possible: 200)
  • Required total score of 580 
  • Required 60 out of 100 on the Civics Literacy Test

10. How do I get my test scores?

GED Test Candidates may access their scores by going to the website. The results are on your dashboard.

When you successfully complete all four GED Tests (and other HSED requirements), an official record of all test scores will be mailed to you. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will send a GED Certificate or HSED Certificate directly to you.

NWTC offers a GED completion and HSED completion ceremony for all students meeting the requirements. Contact Student Life at 920-498-7186 for more information

11. May I retake a test?

When taking the four (4) GED Tests, you may re-test after thirty (30) days if:

  • You score less than 145 points on any individual test.
  • Wisconsin State Department of Public Instructions state that a candidate must wait thirty (30) days before retaking any exam. There is another thirty (30) day waiting period after a second re-test.
  • There is a mandatory sixty (60) day waiting period for any re-test after a second attempt.

12. How do I request a GED Transcript or HSED Transcript?

Please contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at for more information. 

13. Is the GED® Test offered in Spanish?

Yes, to select your exam in Spanish please go to the website and select "Español" on your dashboard.

14. How do I register for GED Test and HSED Test Orientation?

After completing the TABE Reading and Math assessments, you will need to register for the GED Test and HSED Test "Success Strategies" Orientation. You can:

  • Register at the Welcome Desk, Room SC139, of the Student Center
  • Call (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982

For more Information about GED Tests and HSED Tests contact:

Green Bay Campus: (920) 498-5456 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 5456
Marinette Campus: (715) 732-3874 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 3874
Sturgeon Bay Campus: (920) 746-4908 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 4908