Missouri decided to stop using the GED® for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program back in early 2014. The state now uses the HiSET (short for High School Equivalency Test) for this purpose.
Like the GED, the HiSET exam measures the knowledge level of adults at the level of graduating high school students.
Missouri High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- To qualify, you cannot already have a secondary education credential
- You cannot be signed up for another school program
- In Missouri, you need to be at least 17 years old, but exceptions may be made for 16 years olds if they are officially withdrawn from school and have parental consent
- HSE testing in Missouri is open only to state residents
The Missouri HSE (High School Equivalency) credential is equivalent to a high school diploma and accepted by practically all North American institutions of higher education, employers, and government agencies.
The HiSET exam contains five subject areas and the price of the entire exam is $98,75 which is more affordable than the price tag of the computerized GED exam ($120 on average). Missouri passed legislation that allows first-time HiSET test-takers to do so at no charge.
The HiSET exam is scored on a scale up to 20 and the passing score is 8 on each of the five subtests. You must attain at least a 2 (out of 8) for your essay and the total result must be at least 45.
The HSE exam is for adults who never completed their regular high school curriculum and offers them a second chance to earn an equivalent credential.
Across the nation, this diploma is accepted in the same way as a standard HS diploma. Holders of the degree are sure to get better job opportunities and it also allows for a college education. Holders of a secondary education degree are expected to make at least $9,500 more per year than workers without the degree.
The HiSET is a challenging exam and getting fully prepared is crucial. All over Missouri, there are numerous locations where HiSET prep classes are available and there are also some pretty good online courses.
The HiSET exam is offered both on paper and on a computer whereas the GED test is offered exclusively in a computer-based format. The HiSET exam contains five subtests that cover the academic subject fields of Math, Social Studies, Language Reading, Language Writing, and Science. The HiSET is, like the GED, now also available over the internet (for qualifying students) so no longer do you need to report to an official Missouri testing site in person to take the exam.
Applicants are not required to sit for the entire HiSET exam in one take as they can take the five subtests one at a time.
The cost of testing includes a $60 registration fee which allows applicants to sit for (part of) the test three times within a 12-month period. Students who did not pass the HiSET exam at first try may retake the entire exam, or any of the five testing sections, two additional times during that 12-month timeframe.
Retesting is $7 per testing section.
If you want to sit for the HiSET exam, be sure to show up at a Missouri testing site or online optimally prepared because the HiSET, like the GED, is a very challenging examination. Missouri does not require you to attend a prep course or take a HiSET practice test first, but proper preparation is essential!
Bookstores will have prep materials, and there are also many facilities in your area where HiSET prep classes are available (often at no cost) and there are some good online prep courses as well. Whichever way you prefer, just make sure you will be well-prepared when you take the Missouri HiSET exam!