High School Equivalency (HSE)

 

Due to technical problems with HiSET's vendor, DESE has not obtained HiSET test score reports since September 23, 2022.  We continue working with the HiSET vendor to correct this problem.  Don't hesitate to get in touch with hse@dese.mo.gov with additional questions. Thank you. 

 

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Schedule your High School Equivalency (HSE) here

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education selected a new high school equivalency test that replaced the GED starting January 2014. Missouri's current high school equivalency test is called the HiSET®. Test takers can visit the HiSET® website to schedule high school equivalency (HSE) testing. 

Typically, you may only take the HiSET® exam if you are seventeen (17) years of age or older. However, if you are younger than seventeen (17) years of age, you may take the HiSET® exam if you are approved by the Missouri High School Equivalency (HSE) Office for a High School Equivalency Exam Age Waiver after meeting one of the conditions set by the Missouri State Board of Education.

In Missouri, if you are less than seventeen (17) years of age, you can take the HiSET® exam if you meet one of the conditions set by the Missouri State Board of Education:

  • Applicants must be withdrawn from school, have successfully completed sixteen (16) units of credit toward high school graduation, and have written confirmation from the superintendent of schools where the most recent high school graduation credits were earned.
  • Home School Applicants must meet the requirements of section 167.031, RSMo, for course instruction (including 1000 hours of instruction), and written permission of the parent or legal guardian.

If you meet one of these conditions, you must apply for a High School Equivalency Exam Age Waiver through the Missouri HSE Office.

The HiSET® Exam at Testing Centers: consists of five subtests (content areas): Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Writing. The cost for each subtest is $17.75 ($10.75 to purchase the subtest and $7 to cover the cost of administering the subtest at a testing center). Beginning with the purchase of your first subtest, there is also a $10 state registration fee payable once every 12 months. You can purchase any number of different subtests at the same time. You will receive two retests for each subtest you purchase. If you need to retake a subtest, you pay only the $7 test center fee.

HiSET® Exam at Testing Centers:

The total cost for all five tests testing at a testing center will be $98.75.

Fee per Subtest (five subtests x $10.75) = $53.75
Testing Center Fee (five subtests x $7) = $35.00
Annual State Administration Fee = $10.00

Please note:  test-takers have two additional retakes available; each subtest has a 12-month testing window, which automatically begins at the time of purchase of that subtest. Test-takers using the available retakes pay the testing center fee ($7 per subtest).  Test-takers can take subtests up to three times in a calendar year.

HiSET® Exam at Home / Secure Location: Testing option to help meet the needs of test takers who can't test at a test center because of public health concerns or testing center closures, HiSET's test vendor, PSI Services, is offering the HiSET® at home option. With the at home option, you can take any of the five subtests that make up the HiSET exam on your own computer at home or in another secure location.

HiSET® Exam at Home / Secure Location: consists of five subtests (content areas): Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Writing. The cost for each subtest is $28.25 ($10.75 to purchase the subtest and $17.50 to cover the cost of PSI Services administering the subtest at home or at another secure location). Beginning with the purchase of your first subtest, there is also a $10 state registration fee payable once every 12 months. You can purchase any number of different subtests at the same time. You will receive two retests for each subtest you purchase. If you need to retake a subtest, you pay only the $7 test center fee. 

HiSET® Exam at Home / Secure Location:

The total cost for all five tests testing at home or at a secure location will be $151.25.

  • Fee per Subtest (five subtests x $10.75) = $53.75
  • PSI Online Proctoring Fee (five subtests x $17.50) = $87.50 
  • Annual State Administration Fee = $10.00

Each subtest delivered at home has the same content, format and on-screen experience as the test you would take at a test center. Your at home appointment will be monitored by a human proctor online through PSI Services.

HiSET® at Home / Secure Location is for students 18 years of age or older, however, in Missouri if you are 17 years of age and younger and meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in testing at home, you must apply for a High School Equivalency Exam Age Waiver.

For more information on requirements and if students qualify, please visit HiSET® at Home.  

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(January 1, 2014 was the deadline for passing the GED®. If the GED® was not passed, scores from the current test did not transfer to the new one. The new test has been in use since January 2, 2014.)