Missouri HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in Missouri. When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.

Missouri Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Age:
  • Typically, you may only take the HiSET exam if you are seventeen (17) years of age or older. However, if you are younger than seventeen (17) years of age, you may take the HiSET exam if you are approved by the Missouri High School Equivalency (HSE) Office for an HSE Age Waiver after meeting one of the conditions set by the Missouri State Board of Education. You may apply for an age waiver by completing the Missouri HSE Age Waiver Form. Visit hse.mo.gov for additional details.
  • Note: If none of the conditions in the HSE age waiver apply, you cannot be approved and must wait to test until you are seventeen (17) years of age.
  • Residency: You must be a resident of Missouri to take the HiSET exam.
  • 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: Missouri does not require you to take a practice test to qualify for the HiSET exam.
  • Identification: You must present valid identification (ID) on test day at the HiSET test center. With few exceptions, ID documents must meet all of the following requirements. Each ID document must:
    • be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable
    • show the test-taker’s full name – exactly as it appears in the HiSET® system
    • meet Missouri High School Equivalency (HSE) ID requirements listed below
  • Outdated or expired ID will not be accepted.
  •       Acceptable forms of identification include:
  • PERMANENT or TEMPORARY Missouri license
    • Driver, Nondriver, Intermediate, Commercial or Instruction (learners) permit
  • Missouri non-driver ID card
  • U.S. issued passport or passport card, and Missouri address in the HSE or HiSET system as proof of residency
  • U.S. military ID and Missouri address in the HSE or HiSET system as proof of residency
  • Tribal ID card and Missouri address in the HSE or HiSET system as proof of residency

Missouri HiSET Testing Fees

Paper-based Test

Perfect for test takers who love the scratch of pencil on paper and the feeling they’re in high school all over again.

$ 15 .00

per subtest, plus test administration fee
(see below)

  • Includes two (2) re-tests per subtest *
  • Paper-based tests may only be taken at a designated test center and are not available for Test at Home.

Computer-based Test

Ideal for test takers who are more comfortable clicking a mouse. Plus, it costs less.

$ 10 .75

per subtest, plus test administration fee
(see below)

Test Administration Fees

Test Center Fee:

$ 7 .00

per subtest

Test at Home Fee:

$ 17 .50

per subtest

State Admin Fee:

$ 10 .00


* If you need to retake a subtest you must pay the $7.00 test center fee.

* The state administration fee will be charged when you register for your first subtest. This is an annual fee and will be collected once every 12 months.

*You can take subtests up to three (3) times in a calendar year.