The state of Mississippi uses the GED® exam to measure its residents’ knowledge at the level of graduating high school seniors.
The state also introduced the TASC and HiSET exams for HSE (high school equivalency) testing purposes.
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.
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 passing score
Please note that, in order to pass one of the four subtests, you need to reach a score from at least 145 (down five points from the earlier requirement). This adjustment was implemented in early 2016. Learn all about it here. 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.
All GED prep classes in Mississippi (click on a city near you):
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.
See also our article about how to sign up for the GED exam at the portal MyGED.
Mississippi GED 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
Are adjustments required? This is the link to our contact page.
How to start with GED 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. Check the listing of areas above, and there are also some pretty good and free online prep courses. 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 examination differs totally from earlier versions and is available only in a computer-based format. The new 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. Learn more here.
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.
HSE passing scores
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).
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 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.