On this page, we list all GED preparatory sites and testing centers in the Columbus, Mississippi region. Mississippi uses two options for high school equivalency testing, the GED and HiSET exams.
Both the GED and HiSET exams are available online and at certified Mississippi test centers.
The exams give people who didn’t graduate high school one more shot at earning an equivalent diploma.
Testing happens at a level similar to what high school must command upon graduation.
The GED® includes four individual subtests (modules) in Social Studies, Literacy, Science, and Math that may be taken separately.
HiSET® testing is done via five subtests. Here, the Literacy part has separate writing and reading tests. These tests can also be taken separately.
The GED must be done exclusively on a computer while the HiSET is offered both on paper and on a computer.
Until recently, online high school equivalency testing was not possible but now, we’ve witnessed the introduction of an online GED option, and also the HiSET has introduced online testing. Learn more below.
Columbus GED prep facilities
Greater Columbus Learning Center
612 Military Road – Columbus – Mississippi 39701 – Phone: (662) 329.7691
East Mississippi Community College Launch Pad
612 Military Road – Columbus – Mississippi 39701 – Phone: (662) 370.1448
The Launch Pad is for adult learners who don’t have a high school diploma or requires basic skills training for educational and professional advancement. Participants can prepare for high school equivalency, career-technical education, college entrance, and employment. Launch Pad classes are free including books and other study materials. Participants must be Mississippi residents of at least 16 years of age who aren’t enrolled in a secondary education program.
East Mississippi Community College-Lion Hills Campus
2331 Military Road – Columbus – Mississippi 39705 – Phone: (662) 243.1985
The school offers the MI-BEST program which allows students to earn credentials or college credits while studying towards their GED diploma. MI-BEST stands for “Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training”, and the program is developed after the I-BEST program in Washington state.
Columbus WIN Job Center
1111 US 98, Columbia, MS 39429, Phone: (601) 736-2628
Carl Loftin Vo-Tech Center (PRCC)
1140 Mississippi 13 – Columbia – Mississippi 39429 – Phone: (601) 403.1810/736.6095
Recovery House GED Program
770 Golding Road – Columbus – Mississippi 39702 – Phone: (662) 329.4333
Not open to the public
GED prep sites around Columbus (cities in alphabetic order)
Evans Memorial Library (Online Resources)
105 North Long Street – Aberdeen – Mississippi 39730 – Phone: (662) 369.4601
Aberdeen Housing Authority (ICC)
910 Martin Luther King Street – Aberdeen – Mississippi 39730 – Phone: (662) 407.1510
James Arthur Hensleigh Training Center (EMCC)
505 Jefferson Street – Macon – Mississippi 39341 – Phone: (662) 243-1985 / 476-5386
This is a GED Fast-Track class in a mobile unit (portable classroom) located behind Noxubee County Courthouse in downtown Macon.
Noxubee Public Library (EMCC, Adult Basic Education classes)
103 E King Street – Macon – Mississippi 39341 – Phone: (662) 243-1985 / 476-5386
East Mississippi Community College
8731 S Frontage Road – Mayhew – Mississippi 39753 – Phone: (662) 243-1985
EMCC also offers the new statewide introduced MI-BEST program (Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training). Students learning for their GED diploma may, at the same time, get technical & career training. To learn more, please call EMCC’s adult education program at 662-243-1985.
Millport Library GED Instruction
920 Black Street – Millport – Alabama 35576 – Phone: (800) 648.3271 ext. 5363
GED classes by Bevill State Community College
Pearl River Comm. Coll. Poplarville
101 U.S.-11 – Jeff Davis Hall – 2nd Floor – Poplarville – MS 39470 – Phone: (601) 403.1158
JL King Center GED Classes
700 Long Street – Starkville – MS 39759 – Phone: (662) 324-6913
Check here for all Starkville locations
Sulligent High School (Bevill State)
661 Elm Street – Sulligent – Alabama 35586 – Phone: (205) 695-8224
Shelton State Comm. Coll. Adult Education Program
3401 MLK Jr. Boulevard – Tuscaloosa – Alabama 35401 – Ph: (205) 391.2662
For all Tuscaloosa-area GED programs see Tuscaloosa GED Classes
Vernon Police Training Facility
44425 AL-17 – Vernon – Alabama 35592 – Ph: (800) 648-3271 ext. 5363
GED classes provided by Bevill State Community College
Winfield Middle School (Bevill State)
School Street – Winfield – AL 35594 – Ph: (205) 487-0037
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Online GED and HiSET testing options
It used to be that there was no online GED or HiSET testing option but recently, things have changed. Earlier, you were required to show up personally at one of Mississippi’s state-designated HSE test locations, but now, the HiSET exam has become available in an online version (learn more here: HiSET online testing option), and also the GED test has welcomed an online option (read more here: GED online testing option).
Columbus area GED test centers
Greater Columbus Learning Center HiSET testing
612 Military Road | Columbus | Mississippi 39701 | Phone 662.329.7691
Amory WIN Center HiSET Testing
1617 Highway 25 | Amory | Mississippi 38821 | Phone 662.407.1512
EMCC-Mayhew HiSET and GED Testing
8731 S Frontage Road | Mayhew | Mississippi 39753 | Phone 662.243.1981
EMCC-West Point (HiSET)
3210 N TVA Road | West Point | Mississippi 39773 | Phone 662.243.1985
Challenging GED and HiSET
GED test questions are presented in various formats: multiple-choice, short answer, hot spot, fill in the blank, extended response, and more. It’s crucial to spend quite some time preparing for the Mississippi HSE exam because the tests have become pretty challenging.
The GED needs to be done only on a computer and the HiSET can be done both on a computer and in a paper-based format.
What is the GED exam?
The GED exam awards a high-school-graduation-equivalency diploma, and almost 800,000 adults are sitting for the exam every year, of whom in general some seventy percent succeed.
There is no more handwriting on the GED exam, the assessment method is on a computer. You must register for the test online, and you must pay online. The questions are no longer strictly multiple-choice, as was the case in the past.
Last Updated on November 21, 2021.