Starting Jan. 2, 2014, Missouri will no longer offer the GED® as a test of high school equivalency. Rather than taking the GED® test, Missouri residents will take the HiSET® exam. This test will be administered at each of the five campus testing locations.
Please note: the HiSET® exam is now administered solely on the computer and there are no paper/pencil options. To schedule and pay for a test, you must do so at hiset.ets.org.
About the HiSET®
Why Take the HiSET® Exam?
If you want to pursue a rewarding career or continue your education, then getting your high school credential is the most important step you can take. Colleges as well as many employers require one. The HiSET® exam, the new alternative to the GED® test, can help you achieve this important state-issued high school equivalency credential.
What's On the HiSET® Exam?
Your skills and knowledge are measured in five core areas that make up the five HiSET subtests:
- Language Arts - Reading
- Language Arts - Writing
- Social Studies
How do I schedule an exam?
Once you are ready to take the test, you can schedule your testing appointment in one of two ways:
- online through your MyHiSET account at hiset.ets.org
- by calling ETS Customer Service
How Much Does the HiSET ® Exam Cost?
Battery (all five subtests):
The HiSET® exam includes your test fee, free test prep and two free retests within 12 months of your original purchase when you buy the battery (all five HiSET subtests).
In Missouri, the total price for the battery is $95 ($50 ETS fee, $10 Missouri State Department of Education administration fee and $35 test center administration fee). If you pay for the battery and need to retest on an individual test, you must pay a $7 retesting fee.
State Eligibility Requirements
To take the HiSET® exam in Missouri, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Age: You must be at least 16 years of age and out of high school to take the HiSET® exam. If you are 16 years of age, you must also have completed at least 16 units toward high school graduation. For more on documentation required, exceptions to this policy and homeschooler information, review the Additional Policies section or contact Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Residency: You must be a Missouri resident to take the HiSET® exam, with approved documentation provided upon testing.
- Test Preparation or Instruction: Missouri does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the initial test. However, they do encourage instruction before retesting.
- Practice Test: Missouri does not require you to take a practice test to qualify for the HiSET® exam.
- Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET® test center. A valid permanent or temporary Missouri license (Driver, Nondriver, Intermediate, Commercial or Instruction (learners) permit), U.S. passport, or U.S. military ID. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.
- For additional information about the Missouri HiSET ® exam, go to hiset.ets.org/requirements/mo.
ADA Accommodations for the HiSET
If you have a documented disability and would like to apply for testing accommodations for the HiSET® test, go to hiset.ets.org/take/disabilities for more information on how to become approved for accommodations.
Free Prep Classes
Although MCC is a HiSET® testing site, we do not conduct classes to prepare for the test. Below are locations and websites for more information about test prep. You may also access http://dese.mo.gov (High School Equivalency/Getting Ready for the HSE Test/Testing Locations) for information on all Missouri test preparation sites. In addition, http://www.kcpublicschools.org/ael provides information about classes, sites and times. The local sites below require enrollment and orientation sessions prior to placing students in classes.
- Independence Adult and Community Education: 816.521.5507
- Kansas City Adult Basic Education Program, 816.418.7150
- Blue Springs Adult Education Program: 816.874.3762
- North Kansas City Adult Education and Literacy: 816.321.5011
- Go to hiset.ets.org/prepare/tips for more general information about the HiSET test along with study tips and practice questions.
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