All About the GED: Wisconsin

If you're a Wisconsin resident and don't have your high school diploma or equivalency, consider pursuing your GED. This credential can lead to additional career opportunities and may qualify you for college enrollment. Read on to learn more about taking the GED tests in Wisconsin.

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How to Take the GED in Wisconsin

The GED tests in this state are administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Tests are offered at local test centers, the locations of which can be found on the GED website. These centers are usually hosted by community colleges, correctional facilities or local organizations. Staff at the testing centers can answer questions and provide information about the exam process. The GED tests include four separate subject areas:

  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Reasoning through language arts

The tests consist of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. To pass the exam, you must score a minimum of 145 on each of the four subject area modules.

Eligibility Requirements

You need to meet certain requirements before taking the GED test in Wisconsin. You must:

  • Provide proof that you're 18.5 years or older or that your ninth grade class has already graduated from high school.
  • Provide proof that you have resided in Wisconsin for a minimum of ten days.

Additional requirements and variations on the above can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website. The site also provides information on special circumstances that allow people between the ages of 17 and 18.5 to take the tests.

Additional Requirements

In Wisconsin, you're required to score a 65 or better on a 100-question civics test that must be administered at an official testing center and fulfill a health competency requirement. You also have to attend a counseling session in order to discuss all available academic options and develop a career plan. You must complete reading level, career interest and aptitude assessments as well.

You may not need to take the reading assessment if you can provide a transcript of a reading achievement test administered while you were in school. If you don't have a transcript, you need to take a test; Wisconsin centers typically use the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

How to Prepare

You can prepare for the GED tests in a number of different ways. You may prepare at home, take a preparation class or study online. Classes are typically offered at community colleges and adult education locations. Additional information and an online practice exam can be found at the GED Testing Service website.

Why Get Your GED in Wisconsin?

Getting your GED will give you a better future. People who have a high school diploma or its equivalent experience lower unemployment. You can also choose to go to college, join the military or enter a training program to further improve your career outlook.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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