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GED/HSED Testing

Northcentral Technical College offers computer based GED® testing at all of our NTC campus locations.  This test measures high school equivalency and provides information about the test-taker’s college and career readiness skills.  The test focuses on measuring high level critical thinking and problem solving skills that are aligned to state and national college and career readiness standards.  This test is available in both English and Spanish.


  • You must be at least 18 ½ or provide proof that your 9th grade class has graduated
  • Not currently enrolled in a public or private high school
  • Not a high school graduate
  • A Wisconsin resident
  • Contracted by local high schools

Getting Started:   

To get started, first attend the mandatory orientation session at NTC’s Learning Center.  These orientation sessions are available at all of NTC’s campus locations.  Please contact one of NTC’s campus locations below:
  • Wausau - 715.675.3331
  • Antigo - 715.623.7601
  • Medford - 715.748.3603
  • Phillips - 715.339.4555
  • Spencer - 715.659.5120
  • Wittenberg - 715.253.3500
Additional on-line resources and preparation material is available on this web site:  http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/myged
After you attend the orientation session you will be approved and ready to schedule your exams.

Choosing GED or HSED: 

At NTC students can complete a GED or HSED.  Please see below for more information.

The GED® tests: for additional information please go to this web site:  http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service

The Reasoning through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections:
Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content areas
Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
Student break (10 minutes)
Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content areas
*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
The Mathematical Reasoning test is 115 minutes long and is one single section.
Part 1 – Calculators not allowed (five questions)
Part 2 – Calculators allowed
Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.
The Social Studies test is 90 minutes long and testing is broken down into two sections:
Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content areas
Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
The Science test is 90 minutes long and is one single section. There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately.  Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.
A student will need at least 150 points to pass each test and if a student scores over 170 points they will have achieved GED® Honors.  200 is the maximum points available on the GED® tests.
The computer based test includes seven different item types:  multiple choice, short answer, extended response, drop-down, fill in the blank, and hot spots
Results are available shortly after completing the exam. Return to your myged account to see your scores

Wisconsin’s HSED Program:
4 GED tests + 4 additional subjects:
Employability Skills

An HSED can be earned five different ways in Wisconsin. These are referred to as P.I.5.05, P.I.5.06, P.I.5.07, P.I.5.08, and P.I.5.09. The first option, P.I.5.05, meets the needs of the majority of students seeking an HSED. The procedures for completion of the different HSED options are:

P.I.5.05 – Pass the four GED tests and meet the requirements in civic literacy, health, and employability skills.
P.I.5.06 – Earn at least 22 high school credits including four in English, three in social studies, two in math, two in science, and one-half in health. 
P.I.5.07 – Earn 24 post-secondary credits including a credit in each subject in which you did not complete the high school credits required, except physical education.
P.I.5.08 – Present a foreign diploma or degree and meet all citizenship requirements. 
P.I.5.09 – Complete a state approved program through coursework designed to provide knowledge and skills that are expected to be taught in the courses required of high school graduates, including employability skills, civic literacy, and excluding physical education.
Students who choose to earn an HSED through any of these options must meet the state eligibility requirements before starting. After completion of any of these five options, a High School Equivalency Diploma is issued from the State of Wisconsin.


Test-takers seeking accommodations will register at http://www.ged.com. During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request, which will include a link to the accommodations website http://www.gedtestingservice.com/accommodations.
GED Testing Service will make all accommodations decisions beginning in 2014.  Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days.  If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED® Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team.  If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures.  Either way, test-takers will then have the ability to call to discuss the accommodations decision. 
You are welcome to discuss your accommodation plan with JoDee Smith, NTC’s Director of Disability and Testing. Her number is 715-803-1195.  For more information about NTC’s disability services, click here:  https://www.ntc.edu/disability-services

Testing Fees

The 2014 GED® test, including all the standard elements of the 2014 GED® program, costs jurisdictions $33.75 per each of the 4 modules, for a total of $135.   The testing fees must be paid when the student schedules their exams.  The fees can only be paid by credit/debit card or a voucher purchased at http://www.pearsonvue.com/vouchers/

GED® Retest Policy

A student will need to wait 30 days to retest in Wisconsin.  If they fail and take the test again within one calendar year, the cost is $10.  If they fail again and take the test within one calendar year, the cost is $10.  If they want to retest a 3x, they must wait 60 days and the cost is $30.


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