GED Testing Service is partnered with Pearson VUE testing client. Testing is completed via computer at a certified Pearson VUE testing center, which are located on each of Gateway's Elkhorn, Kenosha, and Racine campuses.
The state of Wisconsin requires that all GED students meet the following requirements:
- Must be a Wisconsin resident
- Must be at least 18 1/2 years of age or show that the class you entered ninth grade with has graduated
- Have not previously graduated from public or private high school
- Completed GED orientation
The first step in earning your GED or HSED is to sign up for the free, self-paced, online orientation, which you are required to complete prior to beginning your testing. During the online part of the orientation, you will learn more about GED and HSED test requirements, cost, scheduling, and more. You'll also make appointments to take the TABE test and meet with one of our GED/HSED instructors to develop your Personal Education Plan (PEP). Come in to sign up for an available orientation at student services or sign up online through My Gateway (class number 890-721).
Learn more about GED/HSED Testing Accomodations.
Preparing for your tests
During orientation, you will meet with an instructor who will help you determine if you need to do some additional preparation before you are ready to take your GED tests. You are encouraged to work with our GED/ABE instructors in the Learning Success Center on your campus, as they can provide study materials, one on one support, and official GED practice tests. Contact your campus's location for current hours. Elkhorn Campus: 262-741-8020, Kenosha Campus: 262-564-2796, Racine Campus: 262-619-6216.
Learn more about Adult Basic Education.
What to expect testing with Pearson VUE
As a Pearson VUE candidate, GED students will be responsible for adhering to all of Pearson VUE's testing policies and security procedures. To become acquainted with what Pearson VUE expects of students, and to better prepare for your testing appointment, we recommend reviewing the following video and procedures outlined below:
Pearson VUE (new provider for the GED test) has very strict regulations to follow on test day. You will be responsible to ensure you are aware of all of the procedures.
*Pearson VUE requires you to reschedule at least 24 hours prior to your appointment (thru GED Portal or by calling Pearson VUE). Failure to do so will result in losing your testing fee and repaying for your next appointment.
What to expect on test day:
- Please arrive on time for your appointment.
- You MUST present a valid Wisconsin State ID (driver’s license or gov't issued ID card) to the Testing Associate every time you test or you will not be allowed to test and you will lose your testing fee. Your name on your ID must match the name you used to sign up for the test.
- You will be asked to read and sign a GED Test Candidate Rules Agreement. You will also required to sign a Pearson VUE log sheet stating that you read and agree to the rules.
- You will be asked to read a GED Test Non-Disclosure Agreement and sign electronically stating you are in agreement.
- You will have your photograph taken.
- You will be asked to securely store all of your personal materials (cell phones, wallets/money, watches, hats, coats, food/drinks, etc) using one of the on-site lockers. You will not be able to access your materials during the exam. You will be asked to empty your pockets and pull up your sleeves and pant legs. You will be allowed to take locker key into the testing room with you.
- You will be provided with one note board and pen.
- The only thing allowed in the testing room will be your photo ID, note board and pen and locker key.
- Unscheduled breaks are not allowed during the exam. Once you are seated, you must complete the exam. If you leave your station before your exam is complete, your exam will be terminated and you will lose your testing fee. If a scheduled break is allowed, the system will let you know. There will be a 10 minute break between tests if you take more than one test during a single appointment.
- You must abide by all testing regulations while on-site and demonstrate courteous behavior to staff and other testers. Engaging in misconduct or other irregular activities may invalidate your scores. You will be monitored at all times during your exam. If you are found to be engaging in misconduct, you will be dismissed from the testing center and lose your exam fee.
If you have any questions during your exam, please let your test administrator know.
For more tips and helpful test day information, check out our Testing Policies and FAQ page.
After your test: Transitioning in to a degree program
Congratulations on taking the first step toward earning your high school credential! Believe it or not, it’s not too early to build on your GED/HSED. Gateway's Transition Specialist is here to help you explore career options, complete the application process and prepare for success at Gateway. Find out more about available transitioning services.