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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

Computer vs. Pencil and Paper

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Options Program

Different Languages

 

Computer vs. Pencil and Paper (top)

Can I take the GED® test on computer in my state?

Yes, Missouri is currently offering the GED® test on computer at select testing centers. Let me find the testing on computer site that is closest to you.

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Why don’t all jurisdictions offer both computer and paper exams?

GED Testing Service is currently introducing the GED® test on computer to all the states and jurisdictions that offer the test. But not every state offers the GED® test on computer yet. In Missouri, you can take the test on both computer or on paper.

Why isn’t the test available on paper in the future?

The new 2014 GED® test will only be delivered by computer in order to support the new questions on the test. The GED® test on computer also makes it easier to register and schedule, allows for a more individualized testing experience, and provides instant unofficial test results on four of the five parts of the test.

Can I switch between paper and computer testing? Can I combine them?

Currently, Missouri test-takers are allowed to switch between paper and computer. Contact your local testing center to find out if they offer the GED® test on computer and to confirm that this is possible.

 

State Requirement (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Missouri, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 17 years old.  

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In Missouri, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you meet the following exception(s):

  • Be 17 years of age and withdrawn from school
  • Be currently enrolled in school and qualify as a participant in an approved GED® Option Program for at-risk youth;
  • 16 year olds must have successfully completed sixteen units of credit toward high school graduation and have written permission from the superintendent or principal of the school last attended;
  • If homeschooled, be 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

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Missouri doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Missouri to take the test?

Yes, in Missouri you’re required to be a resident with a state mailing address. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver’s license or other proof of residency.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (573) 751-3504.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For Missouri: Sorry, Missouri doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they can prove residency.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test on paper cost?

Missouri charges $40 for the entire test battery for the pencil-and-paper GED® test.

How much does the GED® test on computer cost?

Missouri charges $140 for all five subjects of the GED® test on computer ($28 per subject). Learn more about the test on computer.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In Missouri, you can re-test a subject for $40 on the pencil-and-paper version of the test. The GED® test on computer re-test fee is $28.

Learn more about retaking the test.

Questions? Feel free to call Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.

 

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Missouri you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For Missouri:  In Missouri you’re required to be a resident to take the test there.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all five subjects before my scores begin to expire?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Missouri you have two years from the moment you take the first test until you’ve finished all five.

All incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

Missouri test-takers need to score a 410 on each test and 2250 on the entire test battery (all five parts combined).

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

There’s no wait period in Missouri for people who didn’t pass the first time. You can take the test again whenever you’re ready. However, we encourage you receive additional instruction in the classroom or try your hand at a practice test before you re-test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In Missouri, you can re-test a subject for $40 on the pencil-and-paper version of the test. The GED® test on computer re-test fee is $28.

Learn more about retaking the test.

Questions? Feel free to call Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all five subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Missouri, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (573) 751-3504 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Missouri you have two years to complete all five content areas of the GED® test.  

However, all incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

Request a duplicate certificate through the DESE Certificate search page.

There is a $15 charge with $1 transaction fee.  A transcript is usually what is required for colleges, universities, or employers and transcripts are available at for no charge.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Missouri the credential is called the Missouri Certificate of High School Equivalence.

 

Options Program (top)

What is the Options Program?

The Options Program allows students who are currently enrolled in high school to take the GED® test. Not everyone is eligible for the program. The Options Program is only available in a few states and school districts.

For more information call Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Missouri you can take the GED® test in Spanish. The Spanish version of the test is available for test-takers interested in taking the GED® test on computer or the pencil-and-paper version.

Find a local testing center and register for the GED® test on computer.

Questions? Please contact Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in Missouri.

Questions? Please contact Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

No, Missouri residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all five subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact Missouri’s state office at (573) 751-3504.

Does Missouri have any requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Missouri.

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