GED Testing News & Updates
May 1, 2013
Update: GED Application Deadlines
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has set application deadlines for the GED® test for Missourians working to obtain their high school equivalency certificate before the exam expires at the end of the year.
The deadline for first-time test takers applying for the current paper-based exam is September 1, 2013. The deadline to apply for retesting is November 4, 2013. State testing centers still have about 6,000 openings for the paper-based exam before it expires.
Those who have taken the test but not scored well enough to receive their certificate have until the end of the year to pass the exam. If the GED® is not passed by January 1, 2014, scores from the current test will not transfer to the new one.
The current paper-based GED® test in Missouri requires payment of two fees‒a $20 fee to apply to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to become eligible to take the test and another $20 fee to the testing center to schedule the exam. Fees paid to the GED® office are non-refundable.
Individuals wanting to take the test in 2013 should apply to the Department as soon as possible so they can then schedule their test to ensure a seat is available.
Applying for computer-based GED® testing at selected locations in Missouri is available through the end of 2013.
Registration for the new test will begin in the fall of 2013. The new test will start January 2, 2014.
NOTE: The GED Official Transcript Search and Duplicate Certificate Search systems are now available.
Countdown to New GED test in 2014
The GED test used for the Missouri High School Equivalency test will be changing in 2014. The new test, aligned with Common Core State Standards, will be available as a Computer Based Test and is being designed to focus on college and career readiness. The test will not be available on the internet.
Individuals taking the new 2014 test are advised that test scores earned on the current version of the test, known as the 2002 version, will NOT transfer to the new test.
Click here to learn more about GED testing in 2014!
Transcript for Missouri GED Graduates Are Now Online
An automated process is used to verify transcripts for Missouri’s GED graduates. Universities, colleges, employers, and individuals will use the GED Transcript Search to view official transcripts. Watch this video to walk through the step-by-step process of verifying whether or not an individual has earned their GED transcript.
Requesting A Duplicate Missouri GED Certificate
- Walk through the step-by-step process in this video of requesting a duplicate certificate online.
Truth About GED® Testing Online
Some alternative high school diplomas are available online, but the GED Tests and the GED credential are not.
Compulsory Age Requirement
Only 16-year-olds who have successfully completed 16 units of credit toward high school graduation and have written permission from the superintendent or principal of the school last attended reflecting compliance are eligible to test. If homeschooled, only those 16-year-olds who have met the requirements of Section 167.031 RSMO for course instruction and have written permission of the parent or legal guardian indicating compliance, are eligible. Seventeen year-olds who have dropped out of school may take the test.