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GED / HSED Information 

The new GED tests began January 2014

If you had not completed and passed the old GED® tests by December 13, 2013, you need to re-start testing with Next Generation Assessment that began in January of 2014. Scores WILL NOT carry-over into January 2014. All new fees would apply for the new series of tests.

There are a variety of ways for an individual to earn a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).  An orientation and intake session must be completed prior to GED/HSED testing. Preparation is available through FVTC's Adult Basic Education (ABE) program.
  • If you have already met the First Steps to Success orientation requirements or you are transferring from another test site and need to schedule your GED/HSED testing appointment, call Pearson Vue at 1-877-392-6433 or go to Assessment Center staff can no longer schedule testing.

The FVTC Assessment Center is an official GED/HSED testing center that must meet criteria mandated by federal and state regulations. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will issue GED Certificates or High School Equivalency Diplomas to adult residents who have not graduated from high school, provided they meet the necessary requirements of the GED/HSED program. 

The "Starting" Process (for GED and HSED candidates alike):

Complete the following steps in order for Appleton:

  • First, stop in and pay the $16 ABE First Steps to Success Assessment Fee at Enrollment Services, Entrance 10
  • Second, stop in room G212 Testing Center to attain your TABE Test Ticket
  • Third, take the TABE (Testing of Adult Basic Education) test.  (You DO NOT have to schedule an appointment to take the assessment test.  Please stop in room G212 during these testing center times below and allow 2 1/2 hours to complete the TABE test):                                                   

Room G212

Spring Term (January - May)

*Hours may vary

Monday - Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 - 11:30 am

  • Fourth, after you are completed with the TABE test, sign-up for your ABE First Steps to Success GED/HSED Orientation in G211 or call (920) 993-5210
  • Fifth, complete a *2-part ABE First Steps to Success GED/HSED Orientation

Click on link below for the ABE First Steps to Success Orientation sessions, Testing Center hours, and additional information on other FVTC ABE program locations:

First Steps to Success - Appleton Campus Spring 2014 Orientation Sessions

At the GED/HSED ABE First Steps to Success Orientation you will discuss:  
  • TABE test results
  • Career interests, aptitudes and goals
  • Options for completion of a GED or HSED
  • Plan of action to complete the Certificate or Diploma
  • Options for preparing for tests

GED Tests:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematical Reasoning

*HSED:  See the five ways you can earn an HSED under HSED options below.


To begin the "starting" process, the student must be 18 years of age and not enrolled in high school.
To begin testing, the student must be 18 1/2 years of age OR the student's high school class must have already graduated.


  • Orientation ($16 assessment fee required)
  • $120 for all 4 GED tests ($30 each) + $15 for WI credential fee 

Contact for GED or HSED:

(920) 993-5210
(920) 849-4416
(715) 823-1555
(920) 236-6142
(715) 942-1700
(920) 787-3319

GED/HSED Testing Schedule in Appleton:

Click on link below:

GED/HSED - Pearson Vue Testing Spring 2014 Schedule

To schedule a health or civics test, please call the Assessment Center at (920) 993-5139 or e-mail

MUST schedule test two business days prior to testing!


HSED Options:

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 a 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.

GED Option:

What does GED stand for?

GED stands for General Education Development. It is a CERTIFICATE issued by the State of Wisconsin once a person has completed certain requirements outlined by the State.

What is the difference between a GED and HSED?

The GED Exam (General Educational Development) is a nation-wide credential, with minimum standards being set by the GED Testing Service in Washington DC. The HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) is obtained by completing Health, Civics, and Employability Skills in addition to passing the GED.

For additional information on GED/HSED, here is the link to Department of Public Instruction:     

What are these requirements?

  • Attend a counseling session or sessions with a trained professional from FVTC.
  • Prepare for each of the four tests.  Take the tests at an Official Testing Center.
  • Pass each of the tests and accumulate the required standard score total.

Do you want to upgrade your  GED to a HSED?

Contact Michelle Corlett at or Tiffany Schuh at                                    or phone (920) 993-5139 to upgrade your GED to a HSED

   Maintained by:

   Tricia Laundre

   Last Modified:
   3/17/2014 12:45:01 PM