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People who want to take the current paper/pencil version of the GED test in 2013 have until September 1 to submit an application to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


After September 1 applications will only be accepted for the new computer-based high school equivalency test that goes into effect in January of 2014.


Individuals who previously attempted the test, but did not successfully complete all sections have until November 4 to submit an application to DESE.  Test scores from the current version of the test will not carry forward to January.


Applications currently require a $20 payment. The application form and instructions may be downloaded and printed at  An additional fee of $20 must be paid to the testing site when registering for the test.


“DESE chose the HiSET test from Educational Testing Services, which will be in place January 2, 2014,” noted Micki Hoffman, director of the adult education and literacy program at ECC.  “The test will no longer be called GED, but will instead be identified as High School Equivalency.”


The AEL program administered by East Central College offers free classes in six area communities to help people prepare to take the GED/High School Equivalency test.  Day and evening classes are offered at sites in Gerald, Union and Washington.  Day classes are offered in Sullivan and evening only classes are held in Pacific and St. Clair.  


In addition to being computer based, the new test will also cost more.  “The new test will cost $95, which includes a $60 registration fee and $7 for each of the five test sections to cover the costs of administering the test,” Hoffman said.  The High School Equivalency test will continue to cover five subject areas: writing, social studies, science, reading and math.  It is being revised to better prepare learners for college and the workforce.


More information on the new application process and test is available at


For more information or to enroll in classes to prepare to take the high school equivalency test call 636-584-6533.

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