General Educational Development Tests

A non-high school graduate who is a resident of Missouri may qualify for a certification of high school equivalence by passing the General Educational Development (GED) Tests. Most colleges accept the certificate as meeting the entrance requirement and many employers require the certificate as a prerequisite to employment or promotion. The GED test is given monthly. For test dates see Testing Calendar.



GED Testing Service announced the launch of its campaign, Your Future is Calling, to alert test-takers who need to finish the GED test by the end of 2013. The current version of thetest—the 2002 Series GED Test—will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores. The GED test contains five parts that can be taken separately, but must all be passed to receive a high school credential. GED test-takers who have started the 2002 Series GED Test, but not finished and passed school credential. GED test-takers who have started the 2002 Series GED Test, but not finished and passed every section, have until the end of 2013 to do so. Otherwise, their scores will expire, and they will have to start over again with the new 2014 GED test.


Is there a way to prepare to take the GED?

GED candidates, who are testing for the first time, are strongly encouraged to attend an Adult Education and Literacy Center (free of charge). At the Adult Education and Literacy Center, GED candidates will complete a GED Demographic Survey (required to register to test), learn how to use the calculator that can be used on Part I of the Mathematics Test, and learn how to complete the new answer sheet (some answers are not multiple-choice).

For additional information: Misssouri GED Information


What is needed to be admitted to the test room?

To be admitted to the test room, a GED candidate must bring the following items on the test date: an official (current) Missouri driver's license or Missouri state I.D., Demographic Survey-first time testing only (received from an Adult Education and MSSU Testing Services) and Candidate Responsibility Form  NOTE: Only Missouri driver's license or state ID's are accepted.


Are testing aids allowed?

A scientific calculator will be provided by Testing Services (ACTS) for use on Part I of the Mathematics test. No other testing aids are permitted.
Electronic equipment, including cell phones, pagers, PDA's, alarm watches, etc., must remain turned OFF in the test room.


How much does it cost to take the GED test?

It costs a total of $40.00 to take the GED test. Two payments are required: the first $20.00 payment is to the GED Office in Jefferson City, MO. The second $20.00 payment is to the MSSU. Only money orders or cashiers checks are accepted.


Is registration required?

YES! First, an individual wanting to take the GED test must request approval from the GED Office in Jefferson City, MO. to test. To receive approval, send a $20.00 money order or cashier check (payable to: GED Office) along with a completed GED application to: GED Office, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102. It takes approximately 2 weeks to receive an Authorization Letter (approval to test).

After receiving an Authorization Letter giving approval to test from the GED Office in Jefferson City, call the Testing Services (ACTS) 417.625.9324, to see when the next available test date. If you are within driving distance it is best to bring your authorization in along with your $20 testing fee. If you are unable to come in Then submit a $20.00 money order or cashier check (payable to MSSU) for payment of the testing fee. Send it along with a photocopy of your authorization to the Testing Services (ACTS), MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801 .  The Test fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. The test fee is charged for each registration.

GED Application

 Test Results can be viewed online 1-2 weeks after testing:  GED Official Transcript 


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