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JANUARY 28, 2014

Three Rivers College to host HiSET test in Caruthersville

Three Rivers College will host the HiSET® High School Equivalence Test (which has replaced the GED test) in Caruthersville this March. The exam will be offered at Caruthersville High School on Saturday, March 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The registration period for this test closes on March 4.

"Three Rivers main campus in Poplar Bluff normally offers the HiSET® test one Saturday each month," said Diane Patterson, coordinator of the Testing Center at Three Rivers College. "We're offering this so that people in surrounding areas can have a chance to take the HiSET® closer to home."

The HiSET® is an online test taken at a certified test center. Tests cover writing, essay, math, science, social studies and reading. Once the test has been scheduled, it must be completed in its entirety within the 12-month period. The test now costs $60 to the state, which allows the test to be taken in its entirety with two free retests per section. An additional $7 per section testing fee is required every time the test is taken. The test can only be taken three times in a calendar year.

Those interested in taking the test should go to hiset.ets.org to register, pay and schedule the test. Everything is completed online at this website. The only thing the testing center is responsible for now is administering the test.

Those interested in taking the HiSET® classes before the test should call the Poplar Bluff Adult Education and Literacy Center at 573-686-2011, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday, for more information or to locate an AEL center near you.

"Students are not required to take classes before taking the test, but it could be beneficial in passing the test the first time around," said Patterson. There is an abundance of information on the hiset.ets.org website, overview of tests, practice tests and how to create your account.
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