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General Educational Development (GED) Details

The GED is a battery of examinations administered by states and jurisdictions in Pearson-VUE test centers. The exams measure high school level achievement as well as career and college readiness in five subject areas: 

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Wisconsin Civics Test
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Successfully completing the GED exams and the citizenship exam qualifies an individual for a General Educational Development Certificate.  All GED tests are timed unless you have an approved accommodation request for extended time.  Questions will be in multiple formats including:
  • extended response
  • drag-and drop
  • drop-down
  • fill-in-the blank
  • hot spot
  • multiple choice
  • short answer
Modules Items Minutes
Reasoning through Language Arts 51 items - Three sections: 75% nonfiction, 25% fiction. Extended response: 400-900 words. Focuses on your ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand the use of standard written English in context. 150 minutes including a 10-minute break
Mathematical Reasoning 46 items - Two sections: One short calculator-prohibited section, and a longer calculator-allowed section. Focuses on quantitative and algebraic problem solving. 115 minutes
Science 34 items - One section: Focuses on life science, physical science, earth and space science. 90 minutes
Social Studies 34 items - One section: Focuses on civics and government, United States history, economics, and geography and the world. 70 minutes
Wisconsin Civics 100 questions - Must get 65 or more correct 105 minutes


The GED scores range from 100 to 200, with a minimum of 145 points as the passing standard for high school equivalency and a minimum of 165 points as the GED score with honors, reflective of readiness for career and college.

You will be notified via email when your test results are available. Share your test results with WITC instructors so they can better assist you in achieving your goals.

You may expand your options by choosing a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), a second credential offered by the state of Wisconsin.

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