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GED & HSED Testing

GED Testing Information

To take the official exam, sign-up at www.GED.com. The official GED exam is offered at the locations listed below. At Central Campus, the exam is typically offered Tuesdays (8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (11:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.) during semesters.

To learn more about testing dates, please contact:
  • Central Campus at (608) 757-7666
  • Monroe Campus at (608) 329-8204

Testing Requirements

  • When you register for your GED test, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE explaining ID requirements. Be sure to read the email carefully. You will not be allowed to test if you do not meet the exam identification requirements.
  • You are required to provide one valid form of identification. The ID must be government-issued and not expired. It must include your name, address, date of birth, signature and photo. The following forms of ID are acceptable: passport, driver's license, national or state ID card, or any other government-issued ID (national or foreign), including Matricula Consular.

HSED Testing Information

These tests are available at the locations listed below. The Health and Employability Skills testing is by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:
  • Central Campus at (608) 757-7666
  • Monroe Campus at (608) 329-8204

Testing Requirements

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Testing begins promptly at the scheduled time. You may not enter the testing room when the door is closed.
  • You are required to provide one valid form of identification. The ID must be government-issued and not expired. It must include your name, address, date of birth, signature and photo. The following forms of ID are acceptable: passport, driver's license, national or state ID card, or any other government-issued ID (national or foreign), including Matricula Consular.
  • Coats, cell phones, purses/handbags, portable music players, any food or drink items, textbooks, etc. will need to be locked in secure storage.

What happens after testing?

Upon passing the official GED exam, your diploma will be issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). If you do not receive your diploma, or want to request GED transcripts, please visit www.GED.com.

Copies of GED/HSED transcripts and credentials earned in Wisconsin may be obtained through the Wisconsin DPI. 

You can visit Blackhawk Technical College’s Central Campus Testing Center in Janesville to pick-up a certified transcript/duplicate credentials GED/HSED program order form or click the following link: https://dpi.wi.gov/ged/transcripts to get directions on requesting transcripts through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI).

Please Note: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will charge a $15.00 fee for each document (credential or transcript) you request. If additional copies of these documents are requested on the same order, they will be issued at a charge of $2.00 each.

All information provided will remain strictly confidential. When WDPI receives your order form and fee payment, they will issue your document(s) and mail them to your home (unless another location is specified on the form). Your order will be processed in the sequence received and could take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive.

An Emergency Service Fee of $25.00 is available to have documents shipped within 48 hours. This $25.00 fee is in addition to the fee for the document(s) requested. Emergency orders must have a physical street address; we are unable to mail to post office boxes. It may take 3-5 business days to receive the documents depending on your location.

Mail the completed form, along with your check or money order* for the applicable fee(s), to: 
Business Office 
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
PO Box 7841 
Madison, WI 53707-7841 

*Credit card order forms can be faxed to (608) 267-9275

If you wish to pick-up a copy of your certified transcript or duplicate credential in-person from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI), please call and schedule an appointment at (608) 267-9245. Visitors to the WDPI must report to the 5th floor reception desk to check-in for their appointment. WDPI is located at 125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 53703-3474.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each of the four tests is worth up to 200 points. A minimum score of 145 on each of the tests is required for passing. On the 100 question civics test, you will need a passing score of 65. On the 90 question health test, you will need a minimum passing score of 55.
Students are allowed to retest if needed. The wait period and retest fees for GED tests are as follows:
  • First Retest: 30-day wait period and $10.00 retest fee
  • Second Retest: 30-day wait period and $10.00 retest fee
  • Additional Retests: 60-day wait period and $33.75 retest fee
  • Civics Retests require 60 days before any retests are allowed

Note: the $10.00 retest fee is only valid if the retest is completed within 12 months of a failed test.

Yes, a range of accommodations are available based on the needs of candidates with disabilities. The need must be documented by a qualified medical professional and approved by www.GED.com. Once approved, a PearsonVue representative will contact BTC’s Disability Coordinator to arrange testing accommodations. All accommodation testing is held on BTC Central Campus only.

The cost for obtaining your GED is $145. This includes the four GED exams ($33.75 per test) and the civics exam ($10). If you complete your GED and want to receive your HSED, there is an additional ($15) cost. Retest fees are applicable if a passing score is not obtained on the first try.

For the GED, fees are paid by voucher, credit card or debit card when scheduling your testing appointment online. Testers needing a voucher can purchase from BTC Central Campus at Express Services.

A limited number of GED vouchers are available if payment of the test fees would present a substantial financial hardship. Financial hardship is determined by an application process and verified by the Chief GED/HSED Examiner or other designated staff. If you have questions about whether you qualify for financial assistance, please contact the Testing Center.

No, the official GED tests are not available online. They must be taken at an official GED testing center.

No. GED Testing Service policy states that scores earned on previous versions of the test may not be combined with other versions of the GED Tests. If a candidate did not successfully complete the battery by the end of 2013, his or her scores will be invalidated and he or she must start again with the 2014 series tests.

 
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