The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) now offers two options to qualifying individuals to measure High School Equivalency skills. DESE previously offered the HiSET® test, which will continue to be available. Now, Missouri citizens may choose to use the GED® test instead. Both exams produce an accredited Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate for those who pass.
The price for the computer-based GED® test ranges from $142 to $181.96. The price for the computer-based HiSET® test ranges from $98.75 to $151.25; the HiSET® cost will increase in January 2024, to $120 to $172.50. Citizens can find test requirements and a description of the differences between the two exams at hse.mo.gov.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, on average, Missourians with a secondary credential earn $9,000 more annually than those without.
To manage the credentialing process, DESE has partnered with DiplomaSender to provide High School Equivalency data management services. Missourians earning their High School Equivalency can obtain their certificate from diplomasender.com.
DESE provides free virtual and face-to-face classroom instruction, taught by certified educators, to eligible Missourians for High School Equivalency preparation. For information and class locations, visit ael.mo.gov.
Testing sites for the GED® exam are still being determined. More information will be provided at hse.mo.gov as it becomes available.