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 Frequently-asked questions about HSED and GED Tests

  1. Who is eligible to earn a GED Certificate or HSED Diploma?
  2. How do I start testing?
  3. How can I prepare for GED Tests and HSED Tests?
  4. What documentation must I provide to test?
  5. What topics are covered on the GED Tests?
  6. What additional requirements must I complete for the HSED?
  7. Where are GED Tests and HSED Tests administered?
  8. How much does testing cost?
  9. What test scores must I have?
  10. How do I get my test scores?
  11. May I retake a test?
  12. How do I request a transcript?
  13. Is the GED Test offered in Spanish?
  14. How do I register for GED Test and HSED Test orientation?

1. To receive a GED Certificate or HSED Diploma, you must:

  • be 18 years and 6 months of age or
  • your ninth (9th) grade class must have graduated from high school
  • be a resident of Wisconsin (or be a migrant worker or child of a migrant worker)
  • not be currently enrolled in a public or private high school and
  • not be a high school graduate

2. How do I start testing?

If you meet the residency and age eligibility requirements, you must complete the reading and math assessments and attend the "Success Strategies" Orientation Session. Then you can begin the actual GED Tests and HSED tests.

3. How can I prepare for GED Tests and HSED Tests?

NWTC offers GED test preparation classes. Classes are free of charge and available year-around, day or evening, at a variety of locations. (Green Bay, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay Campuses or Regional Learning Centers). We recommend that you take the preparation classes, but they are not required. Most bookstores and libraries have GED Test and HSED Test preparation materials.

4. What documentation must I provide to test?

You must provide proof of age and picture identification. Your driver's license is preferred.

5. What topics are covered on the GED Tests?

Language Arts, Reading: 65 minutes  (40 Questions)

Language Arts, Writing: 2 hours (50 Questions)

Social Studies: 70 minutes (50 Questions)

Science: 80 minutes (50 Questions)

Mathematics: 90 minutes (50 Questions)
25 Questions - No Calculator, 25 Questions - With Calculator

6. What additional requirements must I complete for the HSED?

HSED Tests are pass/fail, untimed, and not counted in the total score of the 5 GED Tests:

Health Literacy:

  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Personal and Family Health
  • Community and Environmental Health
  • First Aid
  • Nutrition

Civic Literacy:

  • Principles of United States Constitutional Government
  • Functions of Wisconsin State Government
  • Individual Rights and Responsibilities
  • Structure and Role of the Court System
  • Roles of Political Parties

Employability Skills - You must:

  • submit a typed resume and introductory letter
  • submit a completed job application form.
  • meet with an NWTC counselor to complete a simulated job interview.

7. Where are GED Tests and HSED Tests administered?

The test centers located on the Green Bay, Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay campuses of NWTC administer GED Tests and HSED Tests.

8. How much does GED Testing and HSED Testing cost?

The TABE Reading and Math assessments, "Success Strategies" orientation session, and preparation courses are free.

See the testing fees. No refunds will be issued for test fees paid in advance. The same fees are applicable at all test centers.

9. What test scores must I earn?

You must earn a total of 2250 points to earn a GED Certificate, averaging 450 points on each of the five tests (450 X 5 = 2250). A passing test score can be as low as 410. However, you would need to score over 450 in other test areas to bring the overall average to 450.

GED Test score requirements are:

  • Required minimum standard score of 410 on each test. (Max possible: 800)
  • Required total score of 2250 on all GED tests. 
  • Average score for all tests may not be less than 450.
  • Total score of 2750-2990 is Honors
  • Total score of 3000 or greater is High Honors

10. How do I get my test scores?

Green Bay students: GED Test scores are available in the Assessment Center 2-3 weeks after testing.

Marinette and Sturgeon Bay students: Results of GED Tests will be sent to students when they are available, usually within 10-14 days.

When you successfully complete all five GED Tests (and other HSED requirements), an official record of all test scores will be mailed to you. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will send a GED Certificate or HSED Certificate directly to you.

NWTC offers a GED completion and HSED completion ceremony for all students meeting the requirements. Contact Student Life at 920-498-7186 for more information

11. May I retake a test?

When taking the five (5) GED Tests, you may re-test if:

  • You do not accumulate a total of 2250 points.
  • You score less than 410 points on any individual test.

12. How do I request a GED Transcript or HSED Transcript?

Send a request with the following information to the appropriate campus. Send the request to the attention of "GED Transcript or HSED Transcript.

  1. Your name, address, telephone number, and social security number. Include any name changes.
  2. Where you would like your transcript sent.

GED transcripts and HSED transcripts are available upon request for $8.00 per transcript.  Same day service is $15.00 per transcript.

13. Is the GED® Test offered in Spanish?

Yes. Contact the Multicultural Center at 920-498-6385 to set-up an appointment for interpretation relating to GED Test instructions.

14. How do I register for GED Test and HSED Test Orientation?

After completing the TABE Reading and Math assessments, you will need to register for the GED Test and HSED Test "Success Strategies" Orientation. You can:

  • Register at the Welcome Desk, Room SC240, of the Student Center
  • Call (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982

For more Information about GED Tests and HSED Tests contact:

Green Bay Campus: (920) 498-5456 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 5456
Marinette Campus: (715) 732-3874 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 3874
Sturgeon Bay Campus: (920) 746-4908 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 4908


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