All About the GED: Missouri

If you're a Missouri resident seeking your high school equivalency credential, information about study options and testing requirements can help you take your first steps toward a college education or an advanced job position. Keep reading to discover how you can earn the Missouri Certificate of High School Equivalence.

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The HiSET in Missouri

Missouri no longer offers the General Educational Development (GED) exam. In place of the GED, Missouri offers the HiSET exam from ETS (Educational Testing Service).

Overview of the HiSET

The HiSET is a 5-subject timed test administered in an official testing facility. The five subject areas that make up the test are language arts reading and writing, math, social studies, and science. The test is meant to assess knowledge of the academic subjects typically taught in high school. The computer-based test is currently available in English and Spanish.

Each subtest of the HiSET exam (or battery) is scored on a scale of 1 to 20. To pass the entire battery, test-takers must:

  • Score a minimum of 8 points on each subtest
  • Score a 2 or higher on the essay portion of the writing test
  • Achieve a combined score (all subsets) of 45 or higher

Requirements for Taking the HiSET in Missouri

Missouri requires test-takers be residents of the state. Additionally, students must be at least 16 years of age and no longer enrolled in high school. Individuals who are 16 years old must also show proof of at least 16 credits or units towards high school graduation and have written consent from an administrator from the last school attended. Those who are 16 years old and homeschooled must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian and meet the state legal requirements for school attendance (Section 167.031 RSMO).

All test takers must provide a valid state license on the day of the test. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has more information on the type of identification that is considered valid for purposes of taking the HiSET.

Ways to Prepare for the Missouri HiSET

As part of the HiSET program, ETS provides test-takers with access to a variety of free study aids through the company's website. The site hosts tutorial videos, study companions, sample tests, practice questions, and study tips. In addition to the free aids, ETS offers a selection of low-cost test preparation material.

Another option for test-takers is enrolling in a local adult education course. These courses can often be found through the state's education department, or through the America's Literacy Directory.

Accommodations and Re-Testing

Students requiring accommodations to take the HiSET must have their requests approved by ETS prior to scheduling a test date. Individuals will need to complete the HiSET Testing Accommodations Request Form (found on the HiSET website) and submit the form to ETS for approval.

Those needing to retake the HiSET are not required to wait between retakes. However, ETS only allows students to take a subject area subtest 3 times in a calendar year.

Why Get Your High School Equivalency Certificate in Missouri?

By passing the HiSET exam, you will increase future opportunities with jobs and a college education. Both military and training programs, as well as every state, recognize the credential as an equivalent to a high school diploma. With this credential, you can show your employer that you are ready for job growth.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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