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About GED Testing

Many people who did not finish high school have knowledge and skills comparable to people who did graduate.  Most employers, colleges and universities, and the military accept a GED certificate as being equivalent to a high school diploma.  Each year, more than 10,000 Missouri residents earn their GED.

General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a battery of five tests which (when passed) certifies that the taker has high school-level academic skills. The test is a bettery of five multiple-choice tests that ask questions about subjects covered in high school.  The exam covers reading, mathematics, social studies, science and writing skills.  The writing skills portion includes a 200-word essay.  The exam takes about 7 hours to complete.  To pass the GED tests and earn a GED credential, test-takers must score higher than 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide.

To be eligible to take the General Educational Development (GED) tests and earn a Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate, a person must be a resident of Missouri

(with a Missouri mailing address), and meet one (1) of the following requirements:

1. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;

2. Be seventeen (17) years of age and withdrawn from school;

3. Be currently enrolled in school and qualify as a participant in an approved GED Option Program for at-risk youth; or

4. Sixteen (16) year-olds must have successfully completed sixteen (16) units of credit toward high school graduation and have written permission from the

superintendent or principal of the school last attended; or

If home-schooled, be sixteen (16) years of age and have met the requirements of 167.031 RSMo for course instruction and have written permission of

the parent or legal guardian indicating compliance.

The tests were originally created to help veterans after World War II return to civilian life. Common reasons for GED recipients not having received a high school diploma include immigration to the United States, homeschooling, and leaving high school early due to a lack of interest, the inability to pass required courses, mandatory achievement tests, the need to work, personal problems, etc.

More than 15 million people have received a GED credential since the program began. One in every seven Americans with high school credentials received the GED, as well as 1 in 20 college students. Seventy percent of GED recipients complete at least the 10th grade before leaving school, and the same number are over the age of 19, with the average age being 24.

In addition to English, the GED Tests are available in Spanish, French, large print, audiocassette, and braille. Tests and test preparation are routinely offered in adult education programs, career centers and other settings, such as correctional facilities and on military bases.

We welcome you to browse this website for more information and to contact a local resource center for help getting you started toward earning your GED.


Please be advised that the Missouri GED® Certificate can be neither earned or obtained via the Internet or through correspondence programs.  The Tests of General Educational Development (GED Tests), developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education (GED Testing Service), requires extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills.  The GED Tests are administered in Missouri only at Official GED Testing Centers under the direction of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, GED Testing section.  Any other high school equivalency certificate not issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or another jurisdictional GED testing authority may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities, or the military.