Wisconsin GED Program Information

Earning Your GED in Wisconsin

It's important to make sure you have fulfilled any requirements necessary to qualify to take the GED exams in your state. All states have the option of setting age restrictions as well as imposing other requirements. Those who wish to take their GED exams in Wisconsin should ensure that they are familiar with Wisconsin's GED policies.

Age Restrictions

You must be 18 1/2 years old to qualify to take your GED exams in Wisconsin. Under certain conditions, it's possible to take the exam if you are at least 17 years of age. For example, individuals this age that are in a juvenile correctional facility may qualify to take the GED with an s.118.15 contract. Students who are in high school or the Challenge Academy may also pursue using this contract to qualify to take the GED tests if they are 17 or 18 years old but not yet 18 1/2 years of age.

Preparation Requirements

Wisconsin does not have any regulations in place that require individuals to take courses or practice tests prior to taking their GED exams.

Residency Requirements

You must be able to demonstrate that you are a resident of the state of Wisconsin to take your GED exams there. GED applicants in Wisconsin must have resided in the state for at least 10 days.

Civics Test

In addition to the standard requirements of passing the math, science, social studies and reasoning through language arts tests, individuals who are seeking their GED in Wisconsin must also pass a civics test.


Each of the 4 standard GED tests cost $33.75 in Wisconsin. The civics test costs $10. This means that the GED test costs in Wisconsin total $145.

The cost to retake any test in Wisconsin is $10 per test for the first two retake attempts. This is restricted to individuals that retake the test within a year of their first test attempt.


In many other states, such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, a waiting period only applies after an individual's third attempt at a test. In Wisconsin, applicants must wait 30 days before they can take a test the second time. If they need to take the test a fourth time they are required to wait 60 days following their third attempt.

The 30-day waiting period also applies to the civics test.

Scores & GED Diplomas

In order to earn your GED, you must achieve the minimum required scores on the 5 tests. For the math, science, social studies and reading through language arts tests the minimum passing score is 145. A passing score on the civics test is 65.

College Ready

Individuals who earn scores of 165 or more on the 4 standard GED exams will receive a GED College Ready score. Earning these scores show that you're ready to begin studies at the college level. Your college may not require you to take placement tests before beginning your studies if you've earned a College Ready score.

College Ready + Credit

With marks of 175 or more on the 4 exams, the applicant will receive a GED College Ready + Credit score.This is the highest GED score level. In some cases, individuals who earn these scores may be awarded college credits without taking classes. At the institution's discretion, an individual with these scores may receive up to 3 math, social studies and science credits automatically. They may also receive a credit in humanities.


In Wisconsin, the diploma that you'll receive after passing your GED is officially called the High School Equivalency Diploma or the Certificate of GED.

Studying for GED Tests

Utilizing study resources can help you prepare for your GED exams. Study.com offers several courses including this comprehensive GED Study Guide. Courses that focus on individual subjects can be found below:

All of our courses are available at any time of the day, whenever you're ready to study, and they include practice quizzes and exams to help you evaluate your learning.

GED stands for the General Educational Development tests. These exams are taken by individuals who did not earn a high school diploma and cover four main subject areas. The successful completion of these tests provides the same benefits as graduating high school. Read on to learn more.

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