Paraquad provides free one-on-one tutoring to adults 18 and older who are studying to take the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) exam to earn their high school equivalency credential.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for HiSET tutoring, a student must meet all three requirements.

  1. Must reside in St. Louis County.
  2. Must have a diagnosed and documented developmental disability that is attributable to:
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Autism
    • Epilepsy
    • A person who has substantial functional limitations in at least two of the following life areas:
      • Self-care
      • Understanding and communicating language
      • Learning
      • Self-direction
      • Living independently or being economically self-sufficient
      • Physical mobility
  3.   The disability must appear before the student is 22 years old and reflects the person’s need for individually planned and coordinated services throughout life or for an extended period.

Tutoring Service

Tutors assist students who are studying to take the HiSET exam. Tutoring is done using online HiSET training courses. A teacher from an adult education center will provide oversight and guidance throughout the learning process.  The tutor will supply a computer and supplementary teaching materials during the tutoring sessions.


Students are responsible for taking regular tests at their test site without their tutor.  Tests can be scheduled as often as every 90 days at some sites.  Online practice tests can be completed during study sessions with the tutor present.

Costs and Fees

The student must register for the HiSET exam and must pay for all tests and any other fees required to obtain the HiSET credential. Tutoring from Paraquad is free of charge and is funded by the Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities.


The student and tutor meet at a public-access location like Paraquad, a library, college, adult education center, etc. Testing sites are in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County.


Transportation is not provided and is the responsibility of the student.