Mississippi uses the GED® exam for the state’s HSE (high school equivalency) testing program.
The state also introduced the TASC and HiSET exams for this purpose.
The HSE diploma is the equivalent of a regular high school diploma and accepted as such throughout the nation.
There are hundreds of locations all over Mississippi where HSE prep classes are set up that are very helpful to obtain your HSE diploma.
The GED exam includes four separate subtests in Literacy, Math, Social Studies, and Science. The HiSET and TASC have five subtests because the Language section has separate writing and reading tests.
GED – Mississippi requirements
In Mississippi, you must be 18 years of age. For younger applicants (16 and 17) special restrictions apply. See a GED test center near you.
The GED exam cost: $120 for the four tests, $30 per module/test TASC & HiSET are cheaper.
Retesting (GED) is $30 per subject.
Mississippi has no residency requirement.
You cannot be a high school graduate nor can you be engaged in any other school program.
To check what you know take a free GED Practice Test.
GED – passing score: 145 (out of 200). 145-165 equals high school scoring. 165-175 means a college-ready score and a 175-200 score also results in extra college credits.
TASC – passing score: 500 (out of 800). The TASC essay result needs to be at least 2 (out of 8).
HiSET – passing score: 8 (out of 20). The total HiSET score must be at least 45 and the HiSET essay result must be at least 2 (out of 8).
All HSE prep classes in Mississippi
You can prepare for the GED test by studying online.
You can also choose traditional GED Prep classes near you. Click on a city near you.
Mississippi HSE testing centers
South Panola Schools | 601 Tiger Dr | Batesville | MS 38606 | 662.563.9361
NE Mississippi Comm. Coll. | 101 Cunningham Blvd | Booneville | Mississippi 38829 | 662.720.7464
Coahoma Comm. College | 3240 Friars Point Rd | Clarksdale | MS 38614 | 662.621.4209
Greater Columbus Learning Ctr | 612 Military Rd | Columbus | MS 39701 | 662.329.7691
East Central Comm. Coll. | 275 W Broad Street | Decatur | Mississippi 39327 | 601.635.2111
Williams Attendance Ctr/Oakley | Highway 51 S | Durant | Mississippi 39063 | 601.857.8031
Jones Co. Junior College | 900 S Court St | Ellisville | MS 39437 | 601. 477.4187
Rankin Co. Schools | 232 Highway 469 N | Florence | Mississippi 39073 | 601.825.5014
Itawamba Comm. College | 602 W Hill St | Fulton | MS 38843 | 662.620.5247
Greenville Publ. Schools | 350 South Raceway Road | Greenville | Mississippi 38701 | 662.334.7173
Grenada School District | 809 Tie Plant Rd | Grenada | MS 38902 | 662.227.6101
Mississippi Gulf Coast Comm. Coll. | 10298 Express Dr | Gulfport | MS 39505 | 662.246.6452
Hattiesburg Public Schools | 301 Mamie St | Hattiesburg | MS 39401 | 601.582.5064
Mississippi Valley SU | 14000 Highway 82 West | Itta Bena | Mississippi 38941 | 228.897.4363
Career Academic Placement Program | 2221 A Boling St | Jackson | MS 39213 | 601.713.1601
Holmes Comm. Coll. | 254 Hwy 12 West | Kosciusko | Mississippi 39090 | 662.290.0808
Greene Co. Schools | 528 W Oak St | Leakesville | MS 39451 | 601.394.2973
Copiah/Lincoln Comm. College | 151 Co-Lin Drive | Mendenhall | Mississippi 39114 | 601.849.5149
Meridian Comm. College | 910 Hwy 19 North | Meridian | Mississippi 39307 | 601.484.8797
Mississippi Delta Comm. Coll. | 120 Cherry Street | Moorhead | Mississippi 38761 | 601.484.8796
Copiah-Lincoln Comm. College | 11 Co-Lin Circle | Natchez | Mississippi 39120 | 601.446.1239
Pearl River Comm. College | 101 Hwy 11 N | Poplarville | MS 39470 | 601.403.1098
Hinds Comm. College | 501 East Main Street | Raymond | Mississippi 39154 | 601.857.3467
East Mississippi Comm. College | 1512 Kemper Street | Scooba | Mississippi 39358 | 662.243.1907
Starkville Schools | 401 Greensboro St | Starkville | MS 39759 | 662.615.0033
Southwest Mississippi Comm. College | 1156 College Drive | Summit | Mississippi 39666 | 601.276.3842
Tishomingo Co. Schools | 1421 Hwy 25 N | Tishomingo | MS 38873 | 662.438.6675
Tunica Vocational Tech Ctr | 2400 Hwy 61 N | Tunica | MS 38676 | 662.363.2051
Hinds Comm. College | 34175 Hwy 18 West | Utica | Mississippi 39175 | 601.885.7022
Hinds Comm. College | 755 Hwy 27 South | Vicksburg | MS 39180 | 601.638.0600
CopiahLincoln Comm. Coll. | 1028 JC Redd Dr | Wesson | MS 39191 | 601.643.8651
Questions? Call Mississippi’s state office at 601.432.6338
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How to start with your HSE preparation
The GED program is available to adults who have no high school diploma and who are currently not registered for any school program. States can have their own specific requirements, so please check with your local GED preparation site to find out if you qualify. By the time you feel that you are ready to go the GED test route, stick to the guidelines below and get ahead: Get in touch with your nearest GED prep site and find out whether you qualify to take the GED test. If you do, check the testing dates and possible fees.
Become properly informed. Find out requirements and regulations at your nearest GED prep or testing site. Make sure you are well prepared when you sit for the GED exam. Local bookstores can supply you with materials, and there are many locations near you where GED preparation classes are available often free of charge. Go to the exam prepared, take and pass the exam, and obtain your GED diploma!
GED – who benefits?
The GED Program was created to help adults who dropped out of high school and offers them the chance to earn an equivalent diploma. Lessons include often instructions in the section where an applicant needs it most, and tools are offered so they can successfully acquire their GED credential.
Applicants additionally learn social skills which they will need to become productive citizens. GED prep facilities have often incorporated the latest technologies to assist applicants with their GED preparation, and as the new GED exam is done fully on a computer, keyboarding, and computer skills are trained as well. Students learn to type at least 25 words per minute, which really is the least required amount to take the test. Prep centers will nowadays have computers available to candidates and offer you the opportunity to study for your GED test credential and improve basic skills.
GED – what is new
The most recent edition of the GED exam (2014 series) differs totally from earlier versions and is available only in a computer-based format. The GED exam is a set of four tests in these subject areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. It is a group of high school equivalency tests that measure knowledge and skills at a level that can be expected of graduating high school students and are in line with requests and requirements by colleges and employers.
In order to pass the exam you need to have a score of at least 145 points for each subject area (the scale runs 100 to 200), so a minimum total of 580 points. The required minimum score was reduced from 150 to 145 in January 2016.
Jobs with a GED
Many employers look for job applicants who hold a high school or GED diploma. This is usually their minimum requirement for practically any sort of employment. The GED diploma will open doors to further education in college, university, and to career or technical training. The GED (General Educational Development) exam is a group of four independent tests that can be taken separately within a 2-year window, and which upon successful completion merit a high school equivalency diploma. The GED diploma is regarded nationally for admission to practically all colleges, training programs, and the military services.
No online GED testing
The GED exam has four individual tests on these subject fields: Social Studies, Literacy, Math, and Science. There is NO online testing option, you must show up in person at an official GED testing center and please don’t forget to bring proper ID. If you see a website that claims something different, please be aware that is fraud!
One GED test at a time
The new GED exam is modular, meaning you can take one of the four tests at a time. Your test results are standing for two years from initial registration so that’s the time you have to deal with all four tests (modules). Prepare for one of the four sections, take and pass that part, and move ahead to the next part. This only counts for the GED!
Improve job options
The GED, TASC, and HiSET exams are not offered online, you must report to a registered Mississippi test site. Having the high school equivalency credential will improve job options and allows for a college education. The HSE diploma surely will have a positive effect on people’s lives, and below are facilities in key Mississippi areas that offer GED /TASC/HiSET preparation classes.
Lowered GED passing score
Please note that, in order to pass one of the four subtests, you need to reach a score of at least 145 (down five points from the earlier requirement). This adjustment was implemented in early 2016. You can take one GED subtest (or more) at a time and test results are good for two years from your first registration. The HiSET and TASC exams have their own scoring system.
How to be an Entrepreneur
A lot of you dream of running your own business once you’ve earned your Mississippi HSE diploma. Here are a few words of advice. Read it through carefully and learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
Being an Entrepreneur is hard work! Pushing forward, digging into uncharted territory and feeling like there is not enough time or days in the week. I can see why many would seep back into a comfy 9-5 job.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those that can happily take on a peaceful stable job. I am a dreamer, I am a mover, and I am an entrepreneur at heart.
I would rather work 24 hours for myself than 1 hour for someone else”. Describes me completely. There is much to do when starting your own business, launching the career of your choice, or daring to push the boundaries of traditional thinking.
For me, that looks like becoming a successful writer, where I can travel while taking on projects that fit me. It is not an overnight phenomenon, it is learning what HTML writing is, how to market media, what is SEO, and submitting proposals for different projects.
Being an entrepreneur involves learning about subjects I never thought I would have to learn. The thing is, the payoff is huge, gradual, but huge. There is freedom in being able to perform work that you love to do. Waking up in the morning and beginning the day, with a flexible schedule and the right for a coffee break whenever I so chose.
Life is pretty nice. If you are at the beginning stages of becoming an entrepreneur, here are some great tips to keep you motivated along the way:
1) Get a plan!
The one singular important detail that tends to derail entrepreneurs from succeeding is not having a plan. Many have wishes and dreams, but without somewhat of an idea how to achieve goals, it is easy to get off track and expend energy in the wrong areas. Before even really beginning, these people tend to throw their hands up in defeat.
To become a successful entrepreneur, stay focus and read up on what others who’ve gone before you have done to succeed. Books, webinars, seminars, internet blogs, and consulting coaches are all helpful tools to see how people have flourished in the areas you wish to explore.
I loved reading the book The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. It detailed great advice on how to become a writer while traveling around the world. Another wonderful website that I’ve used in promoting and monetizing my blog is ChristianPF, How to Make Money With a Blog.
Having tools and an outline of what to do helps move an entrepreneur in a positive direction. Let’s face it, this is new territory for most of us, we can use all the help we can get. With dedication in accomplishing the tasks on your To Do list, you will slowly see signs of progression and payoff!
2) Put in the hard work.
The next step is starting to get down and dirty and really work towards the dreams you’ve envisioned. You have a plan in place, now it is time to put it into action. Each day make sure you are doing some activity that is building upon your business. This can be marketing, adding contacts to your lists, publishing articles, attending meetup groups, and calling friends and family members.
Whatever it may be, start growing your business each day. Get the ball rolling in the right direction. Before you know it, you are so focused that it will feel like there isn’t enough time in the week to accomplish everything you want to do. That is a great feeling to have because it means you are already doing so much.
As long as you are doing one thing each day, even if it is pinning on your Pinterest account under your new company’s name, you are getting closer to victory.
3) Take your time.
There are no shortcuts to being an entrepreneur. No quick fixes or get rich plans here. It is all based on constant dedication and taking the time to thoroughly work on tasks. I’ve found that when I took the time to write a thoughtful, detailed proposal I ended up being rewarded with the freelance job. Take the time to get all of the facts, read through informative pamphlets, and use that knowledge to promote your work.
It does take an extra hour or so to slow down and be thoughtful, but this is one of those areas that you will begin to see the results from taking the actions of slowing down. Invest time in your work, or into improving your skills. It is one of the greatest ways to grow and become a successful entrepreneur.
4) Take breaks.
It is easy to overwork. Set your schedule where you are working a healthy eight hours a day. There comes a time to turn off the business brain and turn on some creative outlets. Yes, I am telling you to have fun (even though the work you are doing is a lot of fun too)! If you are an entrepreneur, then most likely you are a creative soul. Having fun, going on adventures, being able to play outdoors will add fuel to your entrepreneurship.
When we feel refreshed, energized, and ready to go that is when you will provide a better quality of work. Even while working, take a moment to stand up and stretch your legs. Eat lunch, take breaks, listen to your gut instincts even if your mind says you can last another 2 hours. If your instincts are saying hey I need a breather, then take one. Believe me, the work will get done much faster and easier if you steady yourself instead of push yourself to the point of burning out.
5) Remain calm when facing challenges.
Last week I had to write 19 different articles, on top of keeping up with my own two personal blogs, taking a phone call regarding the book I am writing, and celebrating my 4 year anniversary with my boyfriend. Time was tight, but through the whole week, I reassured myself this will all get done. The biggest thing is to just show up to each task and keep in mind the last 4 points.
I took breaks when I needed to, I kept all work days to 8 hours or tried to at least, and I allowed myself to have fun on my anniversary. Remaining calm shows clients you are up for anything and will promote rehiring. It also gives you more confidences as an entrepreneur, that no matter what is being thrown at you, you have the skill set and mentality to handle it.
Go and enjoy being an entrepreneur, start forming a network around you, and constantly remind yourself why you are choosing this path in life. For me, it is about creating the lifestyle that I want. The flexibility to really explore this world and do what I love each day. Let me know how you are going above and beyond the ordinary in your life!