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Take the First Step toward a GED/HSED

General Education Diploma (GED)

The GED test is a five-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers.

The five subjects are: 

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

High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

The State of Wisconsin offers the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). 

Reasons to get an HSED:

  • Better paying job opportunities
  • Possible promotion in your current job
  • Improved job security
  • Foundation for additional training to earn a technical diploma or degree
  • Increased self-worth and sense of accomplishmen

GED/HSED Eligibility

To earn a GED or HSED in Wisconsin, you must meet certain criteria:

  • At least 18 1/2 years old 
  • Wisconsin resident
  • Not currently enrolled in a high school
  • Do not have a high school diploma

View Common GED/HSED Questions


High School Compulsory Attendance Program (Wisconsin Statute 118.15)

If you are a current high school student that is at least 16 years of age and are at-risk of not graduating from high school, the WITC High School Contract option may be for you. The high school contract is an agreement between WITC and your high school that allows you to earn your HSED at WITC. To begin this process, contact your high school counselor for more information.


Get Started - Attend Orientation

The first step in obtaining your GED/HSED is to attend an orientation at any of the WITC campuses or outreach sites. This orientation is required by the state of Wisconsin and is free of charge. For more information, contact the Academic Support Center at the campus nearest you.

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GED and HSED testing fees and information

Find details of testing information including pricing, accommodations services and requirements. 

Testing Fees and Information


Are you ready to experience success? WITC staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.