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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Options Program

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Wisconsin, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18.5 years old.  

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In Wisconsin, you can be 17 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

  • Youth 17 to 18.5 years of age may access the high school-equivalency diploma only with a s.118.15 contract from their local high school, a juvenile correctional facility, or the Challenge Academy.

Learn more about this at your state’s website. http://dpi.wi.gov/ged

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Wisconsin doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test before taking the test. However, GED ReadyTM is available at www.GED.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Wisconsin to take the test?

Yes, in Wisconsin you’re required to be a resident for 10 days or more. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver’s license or other proof of residency.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (608) 267-1062.

The closest testing center is in a different state. Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For Wisconsin: Sorry, Wisconsin doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they can prove residency.

Are there any additional state requirements for me to earn my GED credential?

Yes, in Wisconsin you are required to pass a 100 question civics test. To learn more about that requirement, please check with your test center or find additional information here: http://dpi.wi.gov/ged

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

In Wisconsin the cost is $33.75 per subject area for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees ($20 per subject area test) and the Wisconsin state fee ($3.75 per subject area test) are waived for the discounted retakes
  • Wisconsin retakes cost $10 per subject area
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • If you need to retest after your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days from your most recent testing date, pay the full retake price and then you will be eligible for two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Wisconsin you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate the time needed to test.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement. Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For Wisconsin: In Wisconsin you’re required to be a resident for 10 days or more to take the test there. Wisconsin does accept test transferred from other states.  Please contact the state office at 608/267-1062 with questions.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Wisconsin.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each subject area test and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-200
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Wisconsin, you’re required to wait 30 days before taking the test again after failing a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

Questions? Call Wisconsin’s state office at (608) 267-1062.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject test taken
  • GED Testing Service fees ($20 per subject area test) and the Wisconsin state fee ($3.75 per subject area test) are waived for the discounted retakes
  • Wisconsin retakes cost $10 per subject area test
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • If you need to retest after your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days from your most recent testing date, pay the full retake price and then you will be eligible for two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Wisconsin, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Wisconsin’s state office at (608) 267-1062.

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can try to request another certificate on this page.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

In Wisconsin you do not have a time limit for completing the GED® test.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

You can request a copy of your Wisconsin transcript or diploma here.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Wisconsin the credential is called the Certificate of GED® or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

Options Program (top)

What is the Options Program?

The Options Program allows students who are currently enrolled in High School to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or a High School Diploma using the GED® tests. The Options Program is not available in every school district. For more information, please contact your local school district. 


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Wisconsin you can take the GED® test in Spanish.

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Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, in Wisconsin you can't take the GED® test in French.

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Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Wisconsin residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test to earn their credential.

Questions? Please contact Wisconsin’s state office at (608) 267-1062.

Does Wisconsin have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Wisconsin.