The Wisconsin GED

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Right now is as good a time as any for Wisconsin residents without a high school diploma to get a GED. This article will answer some of the questions you may have about the WI GED.
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What is the Format?

The Wisconsin GED is structured like all the other GED tests in the country. There are four sections: Language Arts; Mathematical Reasoning; Social Studies; and Science. Question formats include multiple choice, drag and drop, fill in the blank, hot spot or short or extended answer.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

A passing exam score is at least 150 points on each of the four individual tests. Thus, you must have scored at least 600 to pass the entire exam. If you do not pass certain sections, you will need to wait 30 days in order to retake that section. After a third attempt, you must wait 60 days to retake the test.

Who is Eligible?

According to the GED Testing Service,, you need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to take the Wisconsin GED: be at least 18 years 6 months of age and a resident of the state for at least 10 days. Proof of residency can be presented at the testing center.

There are a few exceptions. You are able to take the GED at 17 years of age if one of the following requirements is met:

  • You have an s.118.15 contract (find out more about this document on the state's website).
  • You are in a juvenile correctional facility.
  • You are enrolled in the Challenge Academy.

There are several things you need to do after you have been deemed eligible, but before you take the test. For all of the following additional requirements prior to taking the GED you need to contact your local testing center (discussed below.) First, you need to set up an orientation time at the testing center, then set up an appointment with a counselor to discuss all options available to you.

How do I Register for the GED and What Does it Cost?

You can register for the test by creating an account at In Wisconsin, you will pay $33.75 per subject area to take the GED. Retakes costs $10 per subject area.

How do I Prepare?

Independently, with a study group or with a preparation class are all popular ways to study. You need to understand what kind of learning helps you the most. If you study independently, check out the local library and see if they have any GED study materials, or access sample questions on the GED website. If you'd like to take a preparation class, contact your nearest adult learning center or community college to see if they offer a free GED class.

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