New high school equivalency test coming for Missouri

Missouri education officials have chosen a new high school equivalency test to replace the current GED expiring at the end of this year.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Wednesday the new exam, to be used starting in 2014, will be the HiSET developed by Educational Testing Service.

The test will cost $95, which includes a $60 registration fee and $7 for each of the five sections. Test-takers will be allowed to take the exam in sections, and the $60 registration fee will allow people to test three times during a 12-month period.

People who don't pass the first time can retake part or all of it two more times within the 12-month period by paying the additional $7-per-section fee.