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CVTC offers two options for high school completion: the GED certificate and the HSED. The GED is accepted by most employers, technical colleges and community colleges. Some employers, universities and branches of the military require an HSED or high school diploma. You can decide which option is best for you.

General Educational Development (GED)

The 2014 GED is a certificate awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for successfully completing tests in four high school academic areas:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts (Reading/Writing) (150 minutes/10 minute break)
  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies (90 minutes)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (90 minutes)

GED test scores are based on a 200 point scale where 150 points is a passing score in each academic area; test scores 170 and over will earn the distinction of “GED Honors.”


Who can take the GED?

You may take the GED if you are at least 18 1/2, or if the class with which you entered 9th grade has graduated from high school. You must be a Wisconsin resident.

High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

​Individuals who wish to obtain an HSED must pass all of the GED requirements and meet additional requirements in:

  • Health
  • Civic Literacy
  • Employability Skills

Some requirements may be satisfied by prior middle school or high school coursework. 


Who can take the HSED?

The eligibility requirements are the same as with the GED, except that some high school students under a contracted agreement may take the HSED.  

​Ready to Get Started?


Attend a GED Required Orientation

Prior to testing, you must participate in an orientation held in our Adult Education Services Learning Centers.


Get Help Preparing for Your Test (Optional)​

Our Adult Education Services Learning Centers offer an open lab staffed by qualified instructors who will help you build the skills you need to be successful.


Take Free "GED Ready" Predictor Tests in our Learning Centers

Before you register for an official GED test, CVTC provides you the opportunity to complete “GED Ready” predictor tests at no charge. The results of these tests will help you determine if you are ready to take an official GED test. The “GED Ready” predictor tests provide diagnostic information about the academic skills you may need to build to pass the GED tests. Instructors in our Learning Centers can help you to build those skills!


Schedule and Pay for Tests

Schedule your exam by logging into MyGED portal. Testing is offered Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and is subject to change.  Testing times will be shown at the time of scheduling and are based on availability.
GED Testing Costs:
General Public: $135 (battery of 4 tests); $33.75 per individual test
Adult Corrections: $125 (battery of 4 tests); $31.25 per individual test
High School Students and Veterans: $120 (battery of 4 tests); $30 per individual test
Re-takes of failed tests (all test takers) $10 within 12 month period
Re-takes outside of 12 months $30.