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HSE Testing

Beginning January 2014, the HISET® exam, the new alternative to the GED® test, can help you achieve this important state-issued high school equivalency credential. You can find more information at

The HiSET test will measure your knowledge in five core areas:

Language Arts-Reading

The reading subtest measures your ability to understand, interpret and analyze a broad range of literary and informational texts. The selections are from different genres on subject matter that varies in purpose and style. They may be in the form of memoirs, essays, biographical sketches, editorials or poetry. The texts generally range in length from approximately 400 to 600 words.

Time: 65 minutes
Format: 40 multiple-choice questions

Language Arts-Writing

If you are taking the HiSET exam in English, the Writing subtest measures your skill in recognizing and producing effective, standard, American-written English and is in two parts.

Part 1 measures your ability to edit and revise written text. In Part 1, the test asks you to make revision choices concerning organization, diction and clarity, sentence structure, usage and mechanics. The exam embeds subtest questions in complete texts in the form of letters, essays, newspaper articles, personal accounts and reports. It also presents the texts as drafts in which underlined parts indicate a possible need for revision.

You are given alternatives that may correct or improve the underlined portions. Aspects of written language that are measured may include appropriate style, logical transitions, discourse structure and organization, conciseness and clarity or usage and mechanics.

Part 2 measures your ability to generate and organize ideas in writing. In Part 2, the test asks you to generate and organize ideas in writing. Graders assess your writing on on development, organization, language facility and cohesion to writing conventions.
Part 1, 75 minutes
Part 2, 45 minutes
Part 1, 50 questions, multiple choice
Part 2, 1 essay prompt


The Mathematics subtest measures mathematical knowledge and competencies. You are asked to solve quantitative problems using fundamental concepts and reasoning skills. The questions present practical problems that require numerical operations, measurement, estimation, data interpretation and logical thinking. The exam bases problems on realistic situations and may test abstract concepts such as algebraic patterns, precision in measurement and probability. An electronic calculator is available on the computer during the exam.

Time: 90 minutes
Format: 50 multiple-choice questions


The Science subtest measures your ability to use science content knowledge, apply principles of scientific inquiry  and interpret and evaluate scientific information. Most of the questions provide descriptions of scientific investigations and their results. Scientific information is based on reports that might be found in scientific journals. Graphs, tables and charts are used to present information and results. The questions use material from a variety of content areas such as: physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, health and astronomy. You may be asked to identify the research question of interest, select the best design for a specific research question and recognize conclusions that can be drawn from results. You may also be asked to evaluate the adequacy of procedures and distinguish among hypotheses, assumptions and observations.

Time: 80 minutes
Format: 50 multiple-choice questions

Social Studies

The Social Studies subtest measures your ability to analyze and evaluate various kinds of social studies information. The subtest uses materials from a variety of content areas, including history, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and economics. Primary documents, posters, cartoons, timelines, maps, graphs, tables, charts and reading passages may be used to present information. The test may ask you to distinguish statements of fact from opinion, recognize the limitations of procedures and methods and make judgments about the reliability of sources, the validity of inferences and conclusions, and the adequacy of information for drawing conclusions.

Time: 70 minutes
Format: 50 multiple-choice questions

HiSET Hours and Location

The Testing Services office at Ozarks Technical Community College conducts the HiSET Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

They are located on the Springfield campus in the Information Commons East (ICE) building, Room 123A.

You must register for your HiSET Account and Exam at

HiSET Testing Registration

Creating a HiSET® account gives you quick, easy access to all of your HiSET exam information. With a HiSET account, you can:

  • Schedule and pay for a test (in some states)
  • View your appointment confirmation
  • Reschedule or cancel a test (in some states)
  • View your account history
  • View your scores
  • Update your profile information

Note: When you create your HiSET account, the name you use to register must exactly match the name printed on your identification documents (excluding accents) that you will present on the day of your test at the test center. See Identification Requirements for more information at

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Missouri, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:


State Eligibility Requirements

You must be at least 16 years of age and out of high school to take the HiSET exam. If you are 16 years of age, you must also have completed at least 16 units toward high school graduation. For more on documentation required, exceptions to this policy and homeschooler information, review the Additional Policies section below.



You must be a resident of Missouri to take the HiSET exam.

Test Preparation or Instruction:

Test Preparation or Instruction

Missouri does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the initial test. However, they do encourage instruction before retesting. See the additional policies section below for more information.

Practice Test:

Practice Test

Missouri does not require you to take a practice test to qualify for the HiSET exam.



You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. A valid permanent or temporary Missouri license (driver, nondriver, intermediate, commercial or instruction (learners) permit), U.S. passport, or U.S. military ID. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

Fees and Payment

In Missouri, the total price for the battery is $95 ($50 ETS fee, $10 Missouri State Department of Education administration fee and a $35 test center administration fee). If you pay for the battery and need to retest on an individual test, you must pay a $7 test center retesting fee.

NOTE FOR BATTERY PURCHASERS: When you purchase all five subtests at one time in a battery, the purchase expires after 12 months.

Individual Subtest: If you only need to take an individual subtest initially, the total price is $32 ($15 ETS fee, $10 state fee and a $7 test center administration fee). If you must retake an individual subtest, you will need to pay a $7 test center administration fee.

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