Adult education classes are offered in Houston.

The Houston Adult Education and Literacy office now offers classes in Texas, Shannon, Howell, Dent, Wright and Douglas counties.  

Students may enroll to study for the high school equivalency test, to gain basic skills or to prepare for college entrance exams.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE] will begin using a new high school equivalency test Jan. 1.  

HiSET, a test developed by Educational Testing Service, will replace the 2002 Series GED test, which expires at the end of 2013.

The cost of the HiSET for first-time applicants will be $95, which includes a $60 registration fee paid to DESE and $7 paid to the testing site for each of the five test sections. 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 that do not pass the HiSET 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. Testing sites for the new exam are still being determined.  Registration for the HiSET began Nov. 8. 

Any scores achieved on the GED will not transfer to the new HiSET test.

Prepare for the HiSET by attending free Adult Education and Literacy classes at:

Houston AEL- 401 S. Third St., Houston

Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 p.m.

Phone number- 417-967-8520

Licking AEL- First Baptist Church basement, 223 S. Main St., Licking

Monday and Wednesday 9-noon and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 p.m.

Cabool- Drury University, 801 Walnut, Room 103, and Cedar Bluff Community Center, 6B Cedar Bluff Ave., Cabool

Tuesday and Thursdays at Drury noon- 4 p.m. and Cedar Bluff from 4:30- 8:30 p.m.

Phone numbers- (Drury) 417-962-5314, (Cedar Bluff) 417-962-3050

Mountain Grove AEL- 606 E. State Street, Mountain Grove

Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 p.m.

Phone number- 417-926-1025

Willow Springs AEL- Adult Learning Center, 201 W. Main St., Willow Springs

Monday- Friday 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Phone number- 417-469-3211, ext. 367

Ava AEL- United Methodist Church Office facility at 941 SW 4th Ave., Ava,

Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m. – noon and Tuesday and Thursday 5-8 p.m.

Phone number – 417-683-2765

Summersville AEL- Summersville High School HSE/MSU facility at 437 5th  St., Summersville

Tuesday and Thursday 5-8 p.m.

Birch Tree AEL- Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Oak and 3rd  St., Birch Tree

Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m.- noon

Salem AEL- Basement of the old City Hall, 202 N. Washington St., Salem

Monday- Thursday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday 4-7 p.m.

Phone number- 573-729-2756

For more information, contact the main office at 417-967-8520

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