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Missouri Says Goodbye to the GED



Missouri is one of several states to replace the GED test with one of two new high school equivalency exams in 2014.

At the end of 2013, Missouri moved away from the GED, adopting the HiSET exam as the state’s high school equivalency test. Updates to the GED test — and resulting increased cost for test takers — lead the state to consider GED competitors, including the HiSET.

The HiSET test costs $95 — $25 less than the updated GED exam. The HiSET’s $95 cost includes a $60 registration fee and $7 for each of the five test sections. The $60 registration fee will allow individuals to take the test three times during a 12-month period.

Examinees who do not pass the test the first time can retake the entire test or any of the test sections two more times within the 12-month period by paying an additional $7-per-section fee. The HiSET will cover the same content areas as the GED; reading, math, social studies, science, and writing.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both the new GED and the HiSET exam. Both are computerized, which could pose challenges for test takers who aren’t as comfortable with technology as they are with paper and pencil work.

On the other hand, all but the writing sections of the HiSET are scored immediately, allowing test takers to know right away whether they need to schedule a retake of the exam. If a section needs to be retaken, test takers can sign up on the spot.

HiSET was developed by Education Testing Service. If the name ETS sounds familiar it’s because ETS is the nonprofit behind the development of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exams.

40 million or so adults in America lack a high school education, and more than 700,00 of them took the GED in 2012. In recent years, the number of GED test-takers in Missouri has been on the rise: In 2003, only 9,322 Missourians took the exam. By 2012, there were 12,029 GED examinees in the state.

For more information about obtaining a high school equivalency certificate, or for information about high school equivalency exam testing sites in Missouri, visit www.hse.mo.gov or call 573-751-3504. Schedule your Missouri high school equivalency exam here.


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