Wisconsin GED Requirements

The state of Wisconsin uses the computer-based GED® (General Education Development) exam for its high school equivalency program.

The GED exam offers adults who were not in the position to finish high school the opportunity to earn an equivalent credential.

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Wisconsin GED testing requirements

  • Applicants cannot already have a high school diploma.
  • Applicants cannot be signed up for another educational program.
  • In Wisconsin, the minimum age for GED testing is 17.
  • Under-age applicants (17-18.5 old), must meet strict additional criteria such as holding parental consent and having permission from their school districts.
  • The Wisconsin GED exam is only open to state residents.
  • In Wisconsin, you do not first have to take the GED Ready® Practice Test if you take the exam at a test center.
  • Test-takers must also pass the Wisconsin Civics Test in Wisconsin that has 100 questions. Contact a GED test center for more details.

Wisconsin GED online

You can take the Winsconsin GED exam at one of the state’s test centers or in an online proctored format.

To qualify for taking the four GED tests online, you must attain a “Likely to Pass” (green) score on the official GED Ready practice test available at GED.com. This practice test costs $6.99 for each subtest.

If you take the GED exam at one of Wisconsin’s traditional testing centers, you are not required to first purchase and attain sufficient scores on the GED Ready practice test.

Price of the GED test

The four Wisconsin GED subtests will set you back $135 in total or $33.75 per individual section. This counts when you take the exam at a traditional test center.

If you get a “green” score on the GED Ready test, you qualify for online GED testing. When taken online, each subtest costs $39,75 so the entire GED battery will set you back $159. The GED Ready test costs $6.99 for each of the four subtests (so $28 in total).

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GED scoring

Scoring takes place on a scale between 100 and 200. High School Equivalent score: 145-164, College-ready score: 165-174, College-ready PLUS college credit score: 175-200.

The latest GED edition was rolled out across the nation in January 2014 and the passing score for each module was initially set at 150. This was too ambitious because studies showed that many GED graduates were outperforming high school grads in college. So in March 2016, the passing score was lowered to 145.

Who is the GED test for?

The GED program offers adults who were not in the position to finish regular their high school curriculum another opportunity to acquire a degree that’s accepted as the equivalency of a common high school diploma.

What’s on the GED test?

The GED contains four separate modules (subtests) in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy. Preparation is key as the GED exam is a very challenging exam. The passing requirements are such that forty percent of all high school graduates would not be able to pass the four tests on the first try.

The four GED modules can be taken one at a time. So you have the option to prepare for one part, take that subject test, and move ahead to the next part! All across Wisconsin, there are many locations that provide GED instruction, often at no cost whatsoever.

How to register for the GED test in Wisconsin

You need to go to GED.com to create a personal account with the portal MyGED where you can schedule and pay for your tests. As said above, you can take one (or more) of the four subtests at a time and you pay for what you take.

Keep in mind that you only have to pay for the section(s) you register for. Getting optimally prepared is key!

How to prepare for the GED test in Wisconsin

Because the GED tests are so challenging, make sure to get well-prepared! Today, there are also a few pretty good and well-structured online GED courses available, for example, the Onsego GED Prep Course. Online preparation is the ideal solution for students with busy schedules or those who live in remote portions of Wisconsin.

Also, your local library and bookstore will be able to provide you with GED study books. No matter your preferred way of studying, just be sure to get as prepared as you possibly can.

The GED credential not only will lead to decently-paying jobs, but the diploma also qualifies you for a college education. The Wisconsin GED diploma is accepted just like a standard High School degree by practically all North American employers and colleges. The GED exam is administered entirely on a computer and registration must be done online as well.