General Education Development Certificate (GED)

Don’t let a lack of a high school diploma hold you back. Most employers and technical/community colleges accept the GED certificate in lieu of a high school diploma. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issues this certificate after you successfully complete five tests:

  • Civics
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies


To be eligible to test, you must:

  • Have lived in Wisconsin for at least 10 days OR be a migrant worker or the child of a migrant worker.
  • Be at least 18.5 years old OR your 9th grade class must have already graduated.
  • Not be currently enrolled in high school.

To get started, you're required to attend a free, four-session orientation, along with a reading and math assessment. Call 262.695.6525 to register. You must attend the orientation on all dates and be at least 18 years old by the first class.


GED testing is only conducted at authorized test centers. The test is computer-based but not online. No official GED test is offered online.

Register and pay for tests online or call 877.392.6433. The cost is $33.75 per test. No walk-ins are allowed, and a current, government-issued ID is required.


GED Records Request

To request a GED transcript, contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.