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STLCC Offers Adult Education and Literacy Services

August 12, 2013

GED Test  

If your goal is to get your high school GED, St. Louis Community College can help.

STLCC is one of a number of area providers of free GED test preparation classes. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education supports Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) services, which are designed to teach eligible persons 16 years of age or older to read and write English and acquire basic skills and to become more employable, productive and responsible citizens, as well as allowing them to continue their education to at least the completion of secondary school.

AEL programs are designed to provide adult education services to students at all basic literacy levels and encompasses more than high school equivalency test preparation. Free classes are provided through the following programs:

  • STLCC-Meramec – 314-984-7777 (serving the Affton, Bayless, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Valley Park, and Webster Groves school districts)
  • St. Louis Public Schools – 314-367-5000 (serving the school districts of St. Louis City, Ferguson-Florissant, Hancock Place, Jennings, Normandy, Riverview Gardens and Wellston)
  • Parkway School District – 314-415-4940 (serving the school districts of Brentwood, Clayton, Hazelwood, Ladue, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Pattonville and Parkway)
  • Ritenour School District – 314-426-7900 (serving the Ritenour School District)
  • Rockwood School District – 636-733-2161 (serving the Rockwood School District)
  • University City Schools – 314-290-4052 (serving the University City School District)

The current GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has set a deadline of Sept.1 for first-time test taker to apply for the current GED exam. 

State testing centers will be scheduling dates for students who have applied through December. The deadline to apply for retesting is Nov. 4.  For information on how to register, visit dese.mo.gov/divcareered/ged_index.htm or call 573-751-3504.

Beginning January 2014, Missouri’s new high school equivalency test will be the HiSet test developed by Educational Testing Service. Testing sites and registration details are still being determined. It is anticipated that registration for the HiSet will begin during November and testing will be available after Jan. 1. The cost of the new test will be $95, which includes a $60 registration fee for the cost of the test and $7 for each of the five test sections to cover the costs of administering the test.

Because examinees do not have to complete the entire test at one time, they can take the test in sections. The $60 registration fee will allow individuals to test three times during a 12-month period. Examinees who do not pass the test the first time can retake the entire test or any of the test sections two more times within the 12-month period by paying an additional $7-per-section fee.