Wisconsin GED: Get Your GED in Wisconsin

Wisconsin residents can earn a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma after passing the GED (General Educational Development) test. Read on to find out more about eligibility requirements and other information about obtaining a GED in Wisconsin.

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Who Is Eligible for the Wisconsin GED?

You can earn the GED if you're at least 18.5 years old or your 9th grade class has graduated from high school. You also must be a resident of the state for 10 days or be a migrant worker - or the child of a migrant worker - to qualify for a GED certificate. U.S. citizenship is not required. Non-state residents may take the GED test in Wisconsin, but they will not qualify for a Wisconsin GED certificate.

What Subjects Are Covered?

It can be helpful to know what topics and the types of questions that will be on the test because you'll know what to expect. The reading test contains 40 multiple-choice questions, and the writing test contains 50 multiple-choice questions with an essay. The social studies, science and math tests all contain 50 multiple-choice questions.

What's a Passing Score?

You must pass all five of the GED tests with a total score of 2,250, which averages to 450 per test. Any test score lower than 410 will need to be repeated. Contact your test center for details about retaking the test.

Does Wisconsin Have Any Additional Requirements?

Before taking the tests, you must complete counseling sessions from state-approved agencies administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Education. During the sessions, you will be given a reading test, which will provide evidence that you can successfully comprehend the material on the test.

The sessions will also include a discussion of options available, including the Certificate of General Educational Development and the High School Equivalency Diploma. You will also discuss how each option addresses your interests and aptitudes. An individual plan will be created for one of the options based on your career goals.

How Do I Find the Closest Testing Center?

You can locate your closest testing center by visiting the American Council on Education (ACE) website (www2.acenet.edu), the official administrator of the GED. The website allows you to find testing centers by zip code. The testing center staff will also have all the information you need to register for the exam.

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