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Northwest Missouri State University

Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)

Important Updates

The MoGEA is now comprised of four subtests instead of five.


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The Missouri General Education Assessment is comprised of four subtests measuring content knowledge in the areas of Reading Comprehension and Interpretation, Writing, Mathematics and Science and Social Studies.  Besides the writing subtest, these subtests follow a multiple choice format.  They cost $49 if taken at one time, or $25 per subtest.  To find out more about the content of these subtests, please see the following



All four MoGEA subtests must be taken and passed before a student can enter the teacher preparation program.

Fall 2017 Schedule

Passing Scores

Northwest Missouri State University has set passing scores for these separate MoGEA subtests.  These passing scores are effective for MoGEA subtests taken between 8/31/15 and 8/31/17.  After 8/31/17, DESE will set the effective cut scores. 

MoGEA Subtests

Northwest Passing Scores
for Subtests Taken
8/31/15 to 8/31/17

Reading Comprehension & Interpretation 202
Writing 193
Mathematics 220
Science & Social Science 204

Passing the Writing Subtest

The most difficult subtest for Northwest Missouri State University students has proved to be the writing section.  Here are some notes on how to maximize your Writing subtest score:

Performance Characteristics


The extent to which the response is written in the candidate's own words, addresses the purpose of the assignment, and uses languages and style appropriate for the specified audience

Focus and Unity

The extent to which the response clearly states, and maintains clear connections to, the main idea or thesis statement, written in the candidate's own words


The extent to which the response is effectively and coherently sequenced from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph


The extent to which the response provides relevant, varied, and specific support to elaborate on the main idea or thesis statement, including addressing counterclaims

Grammar and Conventions

The extent to which the response is written in the candidate's own words and shows control of grammar, sentence structure, usage, and mechanical conventions (i.e., spelling, punctuation, and capitalization)