Options for Finishing High School

INFORMATION on obtaining a GED or HSED

Selecting the GED or HSED 
High School Equivalency Diploma or Certificate of General Educational Development

Selecting the GED or HSED

The two most common options for high school completion are the Certificate of General Education Development (GED) and the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). The GED is accepted by most employers and technical and community colleges. Some employers, universities and branches of the military require an HSED. You can decide which option is best for you.


General Education Development (GED)

The GED is a certificate awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to adults who successfully complete Career Awareness class and complete the following five tests:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Civics 
    • Click here to see a version of the Civics test and study resources.


High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

Individuals who wish to obtain an HSED must complete all GED requirements and meet requirements in health and employability skills.

Health Test Objectives (based on topics related to physical health, mental and emotional health, personal health, family health, community health and environmental health):

  • Identify positive and negative stresses in one's life and ways of managing stress
  • Understand and identify problems in the areas of mental and emotional health and understand and use decision-making strategies to confront these problems
  • Recognize important environmental problems and understand their effects on the individual and the community
  • Identify positive health practices as they affect the individual and the larger community
  • Understand basic first aid practices to be used in emergencies
  • Understand factors which contribute to successful marriage, parenting, and the family unit
  • Understand the problems associated with planned and unplanned pregnancies, and understand the importance of family planning and reasons for, and methods of, preventing pregnancy


5.09 High School Equivalency Diploma (5.09 HSED) Requirements

Individuals must commit to one year of coursework. Course work is similar to that taken by Wisconsin high school students. Individuals must meet the initial requirements to be admitted into this program. Structured course requirements for the 5.09 HSED: Career Awareness, Employability Skills, Career Planning and Decision Making, Computer Basics 1 & 2, Pre-College Math, Pre-College Algebra, Communication 1 & 2, Social Studies, Science, Health and Civics.

Requirements can be met by passing the Civics and/or Health exams. Health requirement can also be met by the required high school credit or completing coursework.



Each student works at his/her own pace. Individualized, group, and technology-based instruction is available. Day and evening classes are available. Please call for specific hours.


Eligibility for Testing

To participate in a GED or HSED program, an individual must be 18 years and 6 months of age or be 18 years of age and his/her 9th grade class has graduated from high school. In addition, it is required that an individual:

  • be a resident of Wisconsin (or is a migrant worker or child of a migrant worker).
  • not currently enrolled in a public or private high school.
  • has not graduated from any high school.


Testing Options

Tests are given at designated times at LTC-Manitowoc, LTC-Sheboygan and LTC-Cleveland (Testing Services).


Scheduling Tests

Each student must create an account at ged.com. The account will be used to schedule exams, study, take GED Ready practice tests ($6.00/test), view test results, and learn about job and college options.


HSED and GED Fees

Books/Supplies for HSED or GED Instruction $0
Career Awareness Class$0
GED Requirements (Total Battery of 4 Tests = $135.00 + $10.00 = $145.00)
Each Test$33.75
Civics Test$10.00
HSED Requirements (Total Battery of 4 Tests = $135.00 + $10.00 = $145.00)
Each Test$33.75
Civics Test$10.00
Health Test (If test is needed, HSED TOTAL will be $160.00) $15.00
Employability Skills Class/Book$0


HSED 5.09 Fees

Books/Supplies for HSED Instruction$0
Career Awareness Class$0
Each subject$0
Credential fee$15.00
Employability Skills Class/Boo$0


Test Scores

GED Tests – It is necessary to acquire a minimum score of 145 out of 200 on each GED test in order to pass. Civics test passing score is 65 out of 100 questions correct.

HSED Tests – Same as GED tests with the additional Health test - passing score is 55 out of 90 correct.


Retest Policy

A student must retake any GED, Civics or Health test if he/she does not achieve the passing score. Eligibility for a retest is a 10-day waiting period for the four GED/HSED tests (30 days after 3rd non-pass), as well as the Civics and Health tests.


Contact LTC-Manitowoc or LTC-Sheboygan to get started.

600 York Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
3620 Wilgus Avenue
Sheboygan, WI  53081


Component/Content Areas

Listed below is Information regarding completion of the GED and HSED requirements:

ComponentContent AreasTime Limit
Career Awareness and Orientation2-part class that provides introductory information on current occupational trends and resources for exploring careers. Values, interests and abilities are assessed as they relate to career decision-making. Students will establish short-term and long-term career goals. 7 hours
Reasoning Through Language ArtsIntegrate reading, writing, and language assessment.
  • Read, comprehend, and analyze complex text (75% informational texts and 25% literature).
  • Write a well-developed argument using supporting evidence.
  • Edit text in context to eliminate errors and nonstandard usage.
An extended response item occurs in the middle of the test. The examinee has 45 minutes to type a response. A ten-minute break begins after the response has been submitted.
150 minutes
Social StudiesEvaluate reasoning skills necessary to analyze and understand social studies content. Materials may consist of text, maps, graphs, tables, or other graphic representations of data: Civics/Government (50%), US History (20%); Economics (15%) and Geography/World (15%).75 minutes

Analyze, understand, and extract information from scientific texts, make inferences and predictions based on scientific data, and solve problems by applying scientific theories and processes: Life (40%) Physical (40%); and Earth/Space Science (20%)

Materials may include text, diagram, graph, table, or other graphic representation of data or scientific concepts.

Two short (10 minute) answer responses require the examinee to summarize and provide a hypothesis or cite evidence to support a particular conclusion.

90 minutes
Mathematical ReasoningItems require the examinee to:
  • Know and apply procedures
  • Use math accurately, efficiently, and flexibly
  • Solve problems
Quantitative problem solving (45%) and algebraic problem solving (55%). Use of an embedded calculator for most items (TI-30XS Multi-view on-screen scientific calculator).
115 minutes
CivicsPrinciples of US government and constitutional government, functions of WI state government, roles of political parties, individual rights and responsibilities, and the structure and role of the court system.102 minutes
HealthKnowledge of mental and emotional health, personal and family health, and community and environmental health.Several Options
Employability SkillsReviews job search techniques, including conducting a job search, filling out application forms, writing cover letter, preparing effective resumes and succeeding in interviews.7 hours (2-part)

Valid government-issued ID containing current address is required to test.


GED/HSED Transcripts, Credentials and Verifications

GED/HSED credentials are issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  They are the bearer of the record.  Please contact them to order transcripts and credentials or to verify a credential. 

  • Click on the following link:  dpi.wi.gov/ged
  • Contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at 1.800.768.8886.

GED Testing schedule - Summer 2019

WTCS New North