If you did not complete a traditional path to gain your high school diploma then you may find it difficult to obtain gainful employment or attend a higher education institution. Thankfully, those living in Mississippi may obtain their high school equivalency diploma by passing the Mississippi GED examination. The Mississippi Department of Education oversees the examination process for the GED program and offers the exam in multiple locations throughout the state.
Mississippi GED Test Eligibility and Requirements:
To take the Mississippi GED examination you must meet the minimum qualifications established by the Mississippi Department of Education. As of 2011, to be eligible for the Mississippi GED test you must be 16 years old, be at least one year behind your ninth grade class, you must have shown you’ve taken every step to complete your high school education in a traditional method and you must be qualified to take part in the Mississippi GED coursework by written consent of the district superintendent.
If you are unsure if you meet the aforementioned qualifications or if you have questions regarding your specific situation, contact your local GED testing facility to inquire if you qualify or what steps need to be taken to meet state eligibility.
Of course, in order to take the Mississippi GED examination you must be a Mississippi resident. You must show proof of your residency upon registering for the GED test. This is typically accomplished by providing the GED testing facility with a Mississippi driver’s license or identification card; however, if you have neither of these contact the GED testing facility to inquire about necessary resident documentation proof.
Registering for the Mississippi GED Test:
Once you have gathered all of your necessary documentation and meet all of the aforementioned eligibility requirements, then you may visit your local Mississippi GED testing facility. The Mississippi Department of Labor offers a list of all authorized Mississippi GED testing centers throughout the state, which may be located in the Sources section below. After you have scheduled a GED test date you must pay the $40.00 examination fee.
Passing the Mississippi GED Test:
The Mississippi GED examination consists of five different examinations, which cover five subject areas. These subject areas include: Reading, Writing, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies. You are required to have a minimum score of 410 for each exam section and an average score of 450 on each section. If you do not pass all five exams you are able to retake the exam. Take note, you must pay a retest fee and you may be required to wait a specified amount of time.
Mississippi Department of Education: Guidelines for GED Option Program
My GED: Mississippi GED Test Programs
American Council on Education: Find a GED Testing Center