Major Changes Coming to GED Test in Missouri

Photo courtesy ECC.
Christine Haynes and her son Grady were among the more than 50 GED recipients who participated in a recognition ceremony at East Central College May 18.

The Owensville residents attended classes at ECC’s GED site in Gerald.  Over 100 people from the area passed the GED in the past year through ECC’s Adult Education and Literacy program.

Union, Mo. - Major changes are on the horizon for the GED test in Missouri.  Like programs all across the state, East Central College’s Adult Education and Literacy program will soon be transitioning away from the 2002 paper/pencil version of the GED high school equivalency test and begin helping people prepare to take the new computer based 2014 High School Equivalency test. 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be making an announcement soon on the choice of the new exam, which will be in place January 2, 2014.  “During this transition, we want to stress to community members the importance of taking the current version of the GED before it expires in December,” stated Micki Hoffman, ECC’s director of adult education and literacy.

“For those who wish to take the current version of the test before January, GED test applications are due to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education no later than September 1,” Hoffman stated.  “For those test takers who attempted the test, but did not successfully complete, the application deadline is November 4.” 
Applications require a $20 payment.  The application form may be downloaded and printed at

The high school equivalency test’s five subject areas – writing, social studies, science, reading, and math – will be revised to better prepare learners for college and the workforce.  Hoffman noted that in addition to being computer based, the new high school equivalency test will also cost test takers more money.

Day and evening classes to prepare for the GED are offered this summer at several area locations.  Day classes meet Monday through Thursday at ECC’s main campus in Union, the college’s site on Clark St. in downtown Sullivan and at the Missouri Career Center in Washington.   Evening classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Tri-County Community Senior Center in Pacific and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Missouri Career Center in Washington.

For information or to enroll in a class call 636-584-6533.