The General Educational Development (GED) Test.
is designed for people who, for various reasons, did not graduate from high school but want a certificate equivalent to the traditional high school diploma. The examination tests knowledge in five subject areas: Language Arts, Writing; Language Arts, Reading; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies. Many examinees are able to pass the test battery without special preparation. However, a number of GED instructional programs in the Bay Area offer a practice test to those who have questions about their abilities to pass the real test. GED preparation classes are offered at various City College campuses free of charge to potential examinees.
The GED test is given in both English and Spanish with special editions available for the legally blind. Modifications and special accommodations for learning or physically disabled students can be provided with advance arrangements with the Chief Examiner and with State GED approval.
According to the American Council on Education, among the many benefits of the GED program, passing the GED Tests provides an opportunity for adults to continue their education. In fact, 93 percent of colleges and universities accept GED graduates who meet their other qualifications for admission.
A GED diploma documents that you have high school level skills. About 96 percent of employers accept the GED diploma as equal to a traditional high school diploma.
You are eligible to take the GED test if you are a resident of California and meet any one of the following criteria:
The individual is 18 years of age or older, or within 60 days of his or her 18th birthday (regardless of school enrollment status).
The individual must be within 60 days of when he or she would have graduated from high school had he or she remained in school and followed the usual course of study (please note that examinees testing under this criteria may not be enrolled in school).
The individual is 17 years of age, has been out of school for at least 60 consecutive school days, and provides a letter of request for the test from the military, a post-secondary educational institution or a prospective employer.
The individual is 17 years of age and is incarcerated in a California state or county correctional facility; persons testing under these conditions must meet all of the following criteria:
The examinee does not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements for a high school diploma.
The examinee has adequate academic skills to successfully complete the GED test battery.
The examinee understands the options available regarding acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school equivalency certificate or the high school proficiency certificate, and the requirements, expectations, benefits, and limitations of each option.
The examinee has sufficient commitment time left to complete the entire GED test battery; however, if released before the test is completed, the examinee may complete testing at an authorized testing center.
Persons who pass the GED test at age 17 will not receive the equivalency certificate until their 18th birthday; a letter of intent is issued which states that the certificate is being held pending the examinee's 18th birthday.
Valid identification is required by the National GED Testing Service and the California State Department of Education. All examinees must present acceptable identification at registration and at each testing session. The identification source must include the examinee’s name, birth date, signature and photograph. United States Government issued photographic identification is the only means to verify identity and age. The following are acceptable forms of identification:
Permanent and current driver’s license
United States or Foreign Passports
Employment or Work Visa
Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green card)
Tribal identification cards
Military and other government identification cards
DMV identification card
Post secondary school identification cards
We cannot accept temporary driver’s licenses or identification cards.
1. Who is eligible for the GED or HSED program?
To receive a GED Certificate or High School Equivalency 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 the GED or HSED Program?
There are 2 steps: take the TABE Reading and Math GED/HSED Admission Assessment, then take the GED/HSED - "Success Strategies" orientation session. More info here.
3. When can I start the actual Testing?
If you meet the residency and age eligibility requirements, you must complete the Reading & Math assessments, and the Orientation Session. Then you can begin the actual GED or HSED tests.
4. How can I prepare for GED/HSED Tests?
NWTC offers GED/HSED test preparation classes. Classes are set up for you and FREE of charge. They are 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/HSED preparation materials.
5. What documentation must I provide to test?
You must provide proof of age and picture identification. Your driver's license is preferred. The test fee must be paid prior to taking each test.
6. What is on the GED Tests?
Language Arts, Reading: 65 minutes
Literary Passages, Nonfiction Prose, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis
Language Arts, Writing: 2 hours (50 Questions)
Part One: Organization, Sentence Structure, Usage, Mechanics
Part Two: An assigned essay topic.
Social Studies: 70 minutes (50 Questions)
National History, World History, Geography, Civics and Government, Economics
Science: 80 minutes (50 Questions)
Biology, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Chemistry
Mathematics: 90 minutes (50 Questions)
**(25 Questions - No Calculator, 25 Questions - With Calculator)
Number Operations, Measurement and Geometry, Data Analysis, Statistics,
Probability, Algebra Functions and Patterns
7. What additional requirements must I complete for the HSED?
These tests are pass/fail, are not timed, and are not counted into the total score of the 5 GED tests:
Mental and Emotional Health
Personal and Family Health
Community and Environmental Health
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.
8. Where are GED/HSED tests given?
The test centers are on the Green Bay, Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay campuses of NWTC.
9. How much does GED/HSED testing cost?
The TABE Reading and Math admission assessments, GED/HSED "Success Strategies" orientation sessions, and preparation courses are FREE.
The basic cost is $20 for each individual test. See the testing fee costs. No refunds will be issued for test fees paid in advance.The same fees are applicable at all test centers.
10. What test scores must I have?
You must acquire 2250 points to pass the GED tests. This averages to 450 points on each of the five tests (450 X 5 = 2250). Although a passing test score can be as low as 410, you would need to score over 450 in other test areas to bring the overall average back up to 450. Any score over 450 allows extra points toward the average GED score.
11. What are the GED test score points?
Required minimum standard score of 410 on each test. (Max possible: 800)
Required total score of 2250 of all GED tests. (450 x 5 tests = 2250)
Average total score may not be less than 450.
Total Score 2750-2990 is Honors
Total Score 3000 or greater is High Honors
12. How do I get my test scores?
Green Bay students: GED test scores are available 2-3 weeks after taking a test. This score will be available in the Assessment Center after it is evaluated by the Wisconsin GED scoring center. These scores will NOT be mailed. You may get the score when you come for the next test. Please do not call for test scores.
Marinette and Sturgeon Bay students: All GED tests are mailed to the GED test center for evaluation and results will be sent to students when they are available, usually within 10-14 days. Please do not call for test scores.
When a student successfully completes all five GED tests (and other HSED requirements), an official record of all test scores will be mailed to the student. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will send a GED or HSED certificate directly to you. NWTC offers a GED-HSED graduation for all students completing the requirements. The 2006-07 graduation will be held on June 14 at 6 pm. Contact Megan Popkey at 920-498-7186 with questions.
13. 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.
Schedules: Green Bay, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay
14. How do I request a GED/HSED transcript?
Send a written request with the following information to the appropriate campus, in care of "GED/HSED Transcript Office":
your name, address, telephone number, and social security number. Include any name changes.
where you would like your transcript sent.
GED/HSED transcripts will be available upon request for a $7.00 per transcript, same day service is $15.00 per transcript. Please make your check or money order payable to NWTC. Thank you.
15. Is the GED Test offered in spanish?
Yes. Please contact the multi-cultural center at 920-498-6385 to set-up an appointment for interpretation of GED instructions.
16. How do i register for ged/hsed orientation?
After completing the TABE Reading and Math assessment, you will need to register in advance for the GED/HSED "Success Strategies" orientation. You can:
Register in the Student Center building on Level 2, in the Welcome Center.
Call (920) 498-5444 or (800) 422-6382, ext. 5444. Call Monday thru Thursday from 8am to 7pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm, or Saturday from 8am to 11am.
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED) measure knowledge in five different areas: writing, social studies, science, interpreting literature and the arts, and mathematics. An important feature of the GED Tests is an essay that documents your ability to write and communicate effectively. The battery of five GED Tests takes 7 hours and 35 minutes to complete.
The GED Tests are standardized and normed using a national stratified random sample of graduating high school seniors. In order to pass the tests, the GED candidate must demonstrate a level of skill that meets or surpasses that demonstrated by approximately 67 percent of graduating high school seniors.
The GED Testing Service (a program of the not-for-profit American Council on Education) develops the policies and procedures for the administration of GED Testing.
Official GED Testing Centers operate under the joint supervision of the GED Testing Service and the New Mexico State Department of Education.
Who can take the GED? Eligibility Requirements for GED Testing:
GED Tests can be administered only to persons who have not graduated from an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency certificate or diploma; and who are not currently enrolled in a regular high school; and who meet the state’s minimum age requirement.
The minimum age is 16. Individuals under the age of 18 are required to obtain and submit a completed Underage Permission Form indicating parental consent and local district approval. Individuals residing at a NM Juvenile Correctional or Juvenile Residential facility are eligible for testing at age 16 with parental consent and the recommendation from the authorized correctional official. New Mexico residency is not a requirement for testing.
All GED candidates must present two (2) forms of identification. At least one must be a government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, state-issued ID, U.S. Passport) and must indicate name, date of birth, and signature. The second form of identification must verify two of the following: name, date of birth, social security number or signature.
What do I get if I pass the GED Tests? Title of credential issued:
Upon successfully completing the GED Tests, the New Mexico High School Diploma is issued only to New Mexico residents. Residency is verified with a valid New Mexico Driver’s License or a valid New Mexico Non-Driver’s License (New Mexico ID).
What is a passing score? Minimum Test Score Requirements:
A minimum standard score of 410 on each test in the battery and an average standard score of at least 450 on the tests in the battery are required to pass the GED in New Mexico.
Testing with the Spanish-language version is available in some locations. Score requirements are the same as the English-language version. Additionally, a standard score of 410 is required on Test 6, English Proficiency.
If I fail to pass the GED, when can I re-test? Requirements for re-testing:
A person can take the GED Tests no more than three (3) times in a contract year (August 1- July 31). Specific subject matter preparation is highly recommended and strongly encouraged prior to re-testing.
Test scores expire three (3) years from the date of initial testing.
All test scores from the current 1988 Series GED Tests will expire on December 31, 2001.
Scores on the new 2002 GED Tests may not be combined with partial scores earned on previous series of the GED Tests.
Where and when can I take the GED? GED Official Testing Centers:
Application must be made at one of the Official GED Testing Centers located throughout New Mexico. Check with the testing center nearest you for specific dates, times, and locations.
How much does it cost to take the GED? Testing fees:
Fees vary from testing center to testing center and are subject to change. Check with the testing center nearest you for specific costs.
Fees for re-testing also vary. Check with the individual testing centers for specific costs.
Are Special Accommodations for GED testing allowed? Applying for Special Accommodations:
Special accommodations for testing are available for eligible candidates and are determined on an individual basis.
Application for Special Accommodations for GED testing must be made at the Official GED Testing Center where the candidate wishes to take the test.
Can I get a copy or duplicate of my original New Mexico High School Diploma? Policy for issuance of credential:
Only one New Mexico High School Diploma is issued to New Mexico residents upon successfully completing the GED Tests.
New Mexico does not issue duplicate diplomas, but does issue additional official transcripts upon request.
How do I get a copy of my transcripts? Transcript Policy and Procedures:
For an Official Transcript, a person must obtain and submit a completed GED Transcript Request Form to the NM GED Testing Office. Telephone requests are not accepted.
Transcript requests require a minimum of two weeks to be processed.
There is no fee for transcripts.
The NM GED Testing Office maintains records only for candidates who have successfully completed the GED Tests. If a person has not completed the GED Tests a transcript must be requested from the Official GED Testing Center where the exam was administered