GED (HiSET) in Missouri

In Missouri, students can take the five HiSET subtests online or at one of Missouri’s official HiSET test centers

Missouri is using the HiSET exam for the state’s high school equivalency (HSE) testing program. HSE testing gives persons who didn’t complete high school the chance to acquire an equivalent credential.

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The HiSET® exam contains five subtests in the fields of Social Studies, Math, Science, Language Reading, and Language Writing.

HiSET testing is now free to first-time test-takers. The regular cost of HiSET testing in Missouri is $98.75 (computer-based).

Missouri passed legislation to waive those costs for first-time HiSET applicants.

Applicants can retest three times in a 12-month period. Retesting is $7 per section (read more below).

Students who fail to pass the test the first time have the option to retake the entire test, or any of the test sections, two more times within that 12-month period.

The five subtests may be taken individually, and all across Missouri, you will find quite a few locations where HiSET prep classes are offered, often for free.

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GED Missouri requirements (HiSET)

  • In Missouri, you must be at least 16 years old to take the HiSET.
  • For 16-year-olds, however, there are more restrictions – see a testing site close to you.
  • Underage students first need to obtain an Application for Missouri Certificate of High School Equivalency, which is available at most high school guidance offices, public libraries, GED testing sites, and all Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) centers.
  • Test-takers can not already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • Test-takers can also not be enrolled in another education program.
  • The HiSET in Missouri is only for state residents.
  • Missouri does not require HiSET testers to first take and pass the official HiSET Practice Test.

As applicants do not need to take the entire test in one session, they can take the five sub-exams one (or more) at a time. When you go to a testing center to sit for the exam, please remember to bring a valid state-issued photo ID! And this, of course, also applies to the online HiSET exam.

GED prep classes in Missouri (HiSET)

You can prepare for the HiSET test by studying online. You can also choose a traditional GED or HiSET prep class near you. Select your nearest city to see all the prep locations in your area.

Missouri GED testing centers (HiSET)

Arnold
Jefferson Coll.-Arnold – 1687 Missouri State Rd – Arnold – MO 63010 – Ph: (636) 481.3154
Blue Springs
Paul Consiglio Ctr (Blue Springs SD) – 1501 NW Jefferson St – Blue Springs – MO 64015 – Ph: (816) 874.3344
Cape Girardeau
Southeast MO State University – 929 Normal Ave – Cape Girardeau – MO 63701 – Ph: (573) 651.2000
Cassville
Crowder College – 4020 N Main St – Cassville – MO 65625 – Ph: (417) 847.1706
Columbia
University of Missouri (4 Parker Hall) – S Sixth St – Columbia – MO 65202 – Ph: (573) 882.4801GED in Missouri
Cottleville
St. Charles Comm. Coll. – 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr – Cottleville – MO 63376 – Ph: (636) 922.8629
Dexter
Three Rivers College – 515A W Market St – Dexter – MO 63841 – Ph: (573) 840.9667
Eolia
Pike-Lincoln Technical Ctr – 342 VoTech Rd – Eolia – MO 63344 – Ph: (573) 485.2900
Hannibal
MACC Hannibal – 190 Shinin Ln – Hannibal – MO 63401 – Ph: (573) 231.0941
Hillsboro
Jefferson College – 1000 Viking Dr – Hillsboro – MO 63050 – Ph: (636) 481.3147
Independence
MCC-Blue River – 20301 MO Hwy 78 – Independence – MO 64057 – Ph: (816) 604.1000
Jefferson City
Lincoln University – 824 Chestnut St – Jefferson City – MO 65101 – Ph: (573) 681.5194
Joplin
Missouri Southern State – 3950 E Newman Rd – Joplin – MO 64801 – Ph: (417) 625.9595
Kansas City
MCC (Business & Technology Ctr) – 1775 Universal Ave – Kansas City – MO 64120 – Ph: (816) 604.1000/5434
MCC (Maple Woods Ed. Center – 2601 NE Barry Rd – Kansas City – MO 64156 – Ph: (816) 604.1000/5434
MCC (Penn Valley) – 3201 SW Trafficway – Kansas City – MO 64111 – Ph: (816) 604.1000/5434
Kennett
Three Rivers CC – 1002 Great West Dr – Kennett  – MO 63857 – Ph: (573) 840.9667
Kirksville
Kirksville Area Tech – 1103 S Cottage Grove – Kirksville – MO 63501 – Ph: (660) 665-2865
Lee’s Summit
MCC-Longview  – 500 SW Longview Rd, Lees Summit – MO 64081 – Ph: (816) 604.1000
University of Central MO – 1101 NW Innovation Pkwy – Lee’s Summit – MO 64086 – Ph: (660) 543.6626
Maryville
Northwest Technical School – 1515 S Munn Ave – Maryville – MO 64468 – Ph: (660) 562.3022
Mexico
MACC-Mexico – 2900 Doreli Ln – Mexico – MO 65265 – Ph: (573) 582.0817 x 13615
Moberly
Moberly Area Comm. Coll. – 101 College Ave – Moberly – MO 65270 – Ph: (660) 263.4100
Neosho
Crowder College – 601 Laclede Ave – Neosho – MO 64850 – Ph: (417) 455.5433
Nevada
Nevada Regional Tech – 900 W Ashland St – Nevada – MO 64772 – Ph: (417) 448.2090 x 223
Park Hills
Mineral Area Coll. – Arts & Sciences Bldg – Park Hills – MO 63601 – Ph: (573) 431.4593/518.2202
Poplar Bluff
Three Rivers Comm. Coll. – 2080 Three Rivers Blvd – Poplar Bluff – MO 63901 – Ph: (573) 840.9667
Rolla
East Central College – 500 Forum Dr – Rolla – MO 65401 – Ph: (573) 466.4100
Sedalia
State Fair Comm. Coll. – 3201 W 16th St – Sedalia – MO 65301 – Ph: (660) 530.5818
Sikeston
Three Rivers College – 1400 S Main St – Sikeston – MO 63801 – Ph: (573) 472.5223
Springfield
Missouri State University – 901 S National Ave – Springfield – MO 65897 – Ph: (417) 836.5116
Ozarks Tech Comm. Coll. – 1001 E Chestnut Expwy -Springfield – MO 65802 – Ph: (417) 447.8187
Lakeland Behavioral Health System – 440 S Market Ave – Springfield – MO 65806 – Ph: (417) 221.4854
St. Joseph
Hillyard Technical Ctr – 3434 Faraon St – St. Joseph – MO 64506 – Ph: (855) 671.4170
St. Louis
Harris-Stowe State University – 3026 Laclede Ave – St. Louis – MO 63103 – Ph: (314) 340.3654
St. Louis Comm. Coll.-Forest Park – 5600 Oakland Ave – St. Louis – MO 63110 – Ph: (314) 644.9257
St. Louis Comm. Coll.-Florissant Valley – 3400 Pershall Rd – St. Louis – MO 63135 – Ph: (314) 513.4424
Trenton
North Central MO College – 1301 N Main St – Trenton – MO 64683 – Ph: (660) 359.3948
Union 
East Central College | 1964 Prairie Dell Rd | Union | MO 63084 | Ph: (636) 584.6550
Warrensburg
Univ. of Central MO – 108 W South St – 108 W South St, Warrensburg, MO 64093, Ph: (660) 543.4919
Waynesville
Ozarks Tech Comm. Coll. – 600 GW Ln – Waynesville | MO 65583 | Ph: (573) 774.5061
West Plains
Missouri State University – 304 W Trish Knight St – West Plains – MO 65775 – Ph: (417) 255.7943

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Missouri HiSET online

You have the option to take the HiSET exam at one of Missouri’s state-designated testing facilities or you can take the exam in an online proctored format, the “HiSET-At-Home” test.

To qualify for online testing, however, you are required to attain satisfactory results on the official HiSET Practice Test. The online and on-site HiSET tests come at the same price tag ($98.75 for the entire HiSET battery).

HiSET scoring

The HiSET exam is scored on a 0 to 20 scale. Test-takers must score at least 8 out of 20 on each of the five HiSET subtests and no less than 2 (out of a possible 6) on the essay part. The overall score on all five subtests must be at least 45 and this does not include the essay score.

HiSET price

In Missouri, the five individual HiSET subtests come at the following cost:
Each subtest costs, when computer-based, $17.75 ($10.75 for ETS and $7 for the test center), so $98.75 including a $10 registration fee.
Each subtest costs, when paper-based, $22 ($15 for ETS and $7 for the test center), so $120 including a $10 registration fee.
The registration fee is an annual $10 state administration fee, due upon registration.
You have two retests per subject test that are offered at a reduced fee (just a $7 fee for the test center).

Online proctored HiSET exam

As stated earlier, there is now also the option to take the HiSET exam online. Until recently, that was no such option available but the times are changing. To learn more, check out this page: HiSET proctored online version. When taken online (the HiSET-At-Home Test), you also pay $17.75 per subtest ($98.75 overall including a $10 registration fee) but extra fees may apply, so get well-informed!

GED and HiSET – How to start

A few years back, Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education decided to use a new high school equivalency test, the HiSET exam developed by the non-profit organization Educational Testing Service (ETS). The HSE (High School Equivalency) exam can only be taken by individuals who never completed high school and who are not registered for a school program.

You can benefit from attending a physical class at one of Missouri’s many prep facilities and your community library and book store will also have lots of prep material. You may also benefit from a good online prep course. Bear in mind, though, that online learning requires some decent self-discipline!

HiSET testing tips

When you think you are ready to take the HiSET route, please stick to these guidelines and get ahead: Contact the staff at a HiSET preparation or testing site close to you and see whether you qualify.

If you do so, find out the testing dates and fees. Be well informed. Check requirements and regulations at your nearest HiSET test center if you want to earn your secondary education degree.

When taking the exam, appear at a testing site properly prepared and this also counts, of course, when you take the exam online. As said earlier, your local library or bookstore can supply materials, and you can find many facilities close to you that offer HiSET preparation classes at no cost.

Check also our free online support. Online learning allows you to study in accordance with your calendar but requires well-developed self-discipline. Whatever your preferred way of preparation, appear at the exam well-prepared, pass the exam, and get your diploma. Learn all about our free video lessons here.

The HSE (high school equivalency) program is created to give adults who never finished high school one more chance to obtain an equivalent diploma which is recognized across the nation.

Free GED online prep in Missouri (HiSET)

What’s on the HiSET exam?

There are five HiSET testing subject areas that cover Language Writing, Language Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. You can take the five HiSET sub-exams one (or more) at a time if you wish.

The level of testing compares to what high school seniors are supposed to command upon graduation. So you’ll understand that getting properly prepared is the key to your success on this rather challenging assessment.

Go to college

Getting your HiSET diploma will improve your employment options and allow you to get into college or university. Just view academic programs offered by your preferred school and learn all about prerequisites and admissions policies. Listed in this article are all facilities in Missouri regions where HiSET preparation classes are offered.

After passing the exam, you will receive the HSE (High School Equivalency) diploma or certificate, and this document is recognized as equivalent to a high school diploma by practically all U.S. employers, government agencies, and colleges and universities. You can apply to a study program by email or maybe get informed first if you want to contact a graduate student or request more information from a school so you can review their programs.

Jobs with a GED or HiSET diploma

Your personal incentive in getting your GED (General Education Development) or HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) credential is obviously to land a better job or advance your education towards a career.

Choosing a career is commonly thought of as something a young person does but it actually happens across all age groups. It is an important, difficult decision and should not be made lightly.

The perfect career can enhance your life and make you happy at any age. There is nothing more fulfilling than a job that you do well and you love doing. For many people, the correct choice is made relatively late in life.

Nowadays, the average worker will change careers 2 to 5 times before they retire and some people actually use retirement as a career change. Oftentimes, taking the GED or HiSET exam is the first step in this change and it happens in all age groups. Your dream job may be just ahead of you. Isn’t it time you landed it?

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For more information:
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
High School Equivalency Office
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573.751.3504
Fax: 573.526.5710
Email: hse@dese.mo.gov

FAQ about GED in Missouri

How to get a GED in Missouri?

Missouri is using the HiSET exam for high school equivalency testing. A few years back, the state said goodbye to the GED. To earn the Missouri HSE diploma, you’ll need to pass the five individual tests that the HiSET exam consists of. These five tests are covering the subject areas of Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science.

What are the Missouri GED testing requirements?

The HiSET and GED exams are for adults who never finished high school. To qualify for the HiSET exam in Missouri, students must be at least 16 years old but students 16 years old must have completed no less than 16 units toward their high school graduation. In Missouri, there’s no residency requirement and test-takers are also not required to pass the HiSET OPT (Official Practice Test).

What is the GED cost in Missouri?

The Missouri HiSET exam costs $98.75 (computer-based) or $120 (paper-based) for the entire battery but you can take and pay for the five subtests one at a time. First-time testers can now take the HiSET exam for free in Missouri. In an online proctored format, the HiSET exam is offered on a computer only.

Last Updated on October 2, 2021.