The state of Missouri has replaced the GED® with the HiSET exam in early 2014 for measuring the high school equivalency level of its residents’ knowledge.
All across Missouri, you will find quite a few locations where HiSET prep classes are offered, often for free.
These prep classes will assist you in becoming properly prepared to take the exam confidently. The HiSET contains five subtests in the fields of Social Studies, Math, Science, Language Reading, and Language Writing.
To take the exam you need to show up in person at an official testing site, the HiSET and GED exams are not offered online.
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.
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Getting your HiSET/ GED diploma will improve your employment options and allow you to get into college or university. Listed in this article are all facilities in main 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.
GED (HiSET) prep classes in and around (select your nearest city):
- Cape Girardeau
- Jefferson City
- Kansas City
- Poplar Bluff
- Saint Louis
- St. Joseph
- West Plains
GED (HiSET) – Missouri qualification requirements
The HiSET is much like the old GED exam and consists of five subject areas (the new GED exam combined the language sections into one Language Arts part). Whereas the cost of the HiSET exam is $95, the new GED test has a price tag of $120.
In Missouri, you must be 17 years old to take the HiSET (16-year-olds have more restrictions – see a testing site close to you).
The HiSET exam is available via computer delivery in Missouri, and the cost of the test is $95. This includes a $60 registration fee and $7 for each of the five test sections.
As applicants do not need to take the entire test at one time, students can take the test in sections. The $60 registration fee allows students to test three times in a 12-month period. Students who fail to pass the test the first time have the option to retake the entire test, or any one of the test sections, two more times within that 12-month period.
Retesting is $7 per-section. When you go to a testing center to sit for the exam, please remember to bring a valid state-issued photo ID!
First, you 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.
Missouri GED (HiSET) testing centers
Metropolitan Comm. College – 20301 E 78 Hwy, Blue River, MO 64057, 816-604-6777
SE Missouri State University – 1333 Sprigg St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, 573-651-2836
University of Missouri – S Sixth St, Columbia, MO 65211, 573-882-4801
St. Charles Comm. College – 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376, 636 – 922-8629
Fort Leonard Wood
Truman Education Center – 268 Constitution Street, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473, 573-596-0172 x 30
Hannibal Career & Tech Ctr, 4550 McMasters Ave, Hannibal, MO 63401, 573-221-4430 x 3001
Jefferson College – 1000 Viking Dr, Hillsboro, MO 63050, 636 – 797-3000 x 154
Dept. of Elem. & Secondary Ed. – 205 Jefferson St, 2nd Fl, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 573-751-3504
Missouri Southern State University – 3950 E Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801, 417-625-9324
Metropolitan Community College – 500 SW Longview Rd, Longview, MO 64081, 816-604-2661
Metropolitan Community College – 2601 NE Barry Rd, Maple Woods, MO 64156, 816-604-3200
Northwest Missouri State University – 800 University Dr, Maryville, MO 64468, 660-562-1220
Area Community College – 101 College Avenue, Moberly, MO 65270, 660-263-4110 x278
Crowder College – 601 Laclede, Neosho, MO 64850, 417-455-5521
Mineral Area Coll.- Arts and Sciences Bldg, Rm C-6, Park Hills, MO 63601, 573 – 518-2202
Metropolitan Comm. College – 3201 SW Trafficway, Penn Valley, MO 64111, 816-604-4433
Three Rivers Comm. College – 2080 Three Rivers Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901, 573-840-9667
Missouri St. University – 901 S National, Springfield, MO 65897, 417-836-5116
Ozarks Tech Comm. Coll. – 1001 E Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO 65802, 417-447-6982
Missouri Western State University – 4525 Downs Dr, St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-271-4327
Hillyard Technical Center – 3434 Faraon St, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 855-694-4738
Harris-Stowe State University – 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, 314-340-3654
Comm. College at Forest Park – 5600 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, 314-644-9233
St. Louis University – 3840 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108, 314-977-2963
North Central Missouri College – 1301 N Main St, Trenton, MO 64683, 660-359-3948
E. Central College – 1964 Prairie Dell Rd, Union, MO 63084, 636-583-5195 x 2364
Univ. of C. Missouri – Ward Edwards Bldg, Rm 1114, Warrensburg, MO 64093, 660-543-4919
Missouri State University – 128 Garfield, West Plains, MO 65775, 417-255-7940
Questions? Call Missouri’s state office at 573-751-3504
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GED (HiSET) – How to start
Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has decided to use a new high school equivalency test starting January 2014. No longer uses the state the GED test but offers now the HiSET exam, developed by non-profit organization Educational Testing Service (ETS). The HSE (High School Equivalency) exam can only be taken by men and women who never completed high school and who are not registered for a school program.
GED (HiSET) – Prepare well
When you think you are ready to take the HiSET route, please stick to these guidelines and get ahead: Contact 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.
When taking the exam, appear at a testing site properly prepared. Your local bookstore can supply materials, and you can find many facilities close to you that offer HiSET preparation classes at no cost. Check also this site’s free video lessons. Appear at the exam well-prepared, pass the exam, and get your diploma.
Jobs with a GED (HiSET) diploma
Your personal incentive in getting your GED 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.
Get GED (HiSET) Ready
A lot of people have muddled through most of their lives in dead-end jobs that they hate. Get your GED when you’ve finally decided to buckle down, gain some insight and do something that you enjoy. For many older adults, a career change is a necessity as they are no longer physically able to continue in their field.
Professional athletes find themselves in this conundrum quite often. Likewise, stay at home parents often find themselves in situations where they are inspired to do something more with their lives. There are a wide variety of reasons for adults to make a career change and it happens more often than you would think.
Nowadays, the average worker will change careers 2 to 5 times before they retire and some people actually use retirement as a career change. Often times, 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?