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Missouri to use new high school equivalency test beginning 2014

Missourians wanting to earn their high school equivalency certificate will need to pass a new test beginning January first. The new exam, called HiSET, will replace the current GED test. Sarah Potter is a spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She said the state’s current contract for GED testing was due to expire at the end of this year.

Potter says the state evaluated several competing bids based on the quality of testing, price, and whether the testing was computer based. HiSET will cost a maximum of $95 to take.

Missouri joins 3 other states that have made similar vendor changes.

"Different states use different tests and they accept different tests, but once you have your credential that should be good in any state where you are applying for a position," Potter said.

Missourians who want to obtain their high school equivalency before the current GED test expires must apply by September 1. Those who have taken the test but not passed all the test sections have until November 4, to apply to retest. Individuals who have taken the test but not scored well enough on all sections, have until the end of the year to pass the exam.

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