Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - General Educational Development (GED)

The General Educational Development (GED®) Test provides the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. This credential is recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education, and financial rewards.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation recognizes the importance of this educational milestone and provides the General Educational Development (GED®) program to help those who have not completed a regular high school program leading to a diploma.

Please refer to GEDTS Programs and Services for in-depth information regarding the test and its history. (Please note the GEDTS website requires Adobe Flash Player.)

Requirements
General Information
Fees
Scoring Requirements
Re-testing
Transcripts/Verifications
Policies
Testing Centers
Contact Information

Requirements

Minimum Age

Applicants who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and have not earned a high school diploma may test.

Applicants who are sixteen or seventeen (16-17) years of age and plan to test must be enrolled in an in-school GED® preparatory program or have district-approved home school status.

Students who are enrolled in an in-school preparation program must be registered with their local school district. At the time the student is ready to take the GED® test, the prep coordinator must sign the Underage Testing Waiver form (in Adobe .pdf format*), which indicates the school has been notified and the student is being dropped from the student rolls. (The student will re-enroll until the test is complete.) The parent or guardian must also sign the form.

Home school students must be registered with their local school district. At the time the student is ready to take the GED® test, the school district administration must be notified and sign the Underage Testing Waiver form (in Adobe .pdf format*), which indicates the school has been notified and the student is being dropped from the student rolls. The parent or guardian must also sign the form.

Residency

South Dakota has no residency requirement for GED® testing.

Preparation for the Tests

Candidates are not required by the State to take any courses or to prepare in any way for the GED® test. However, high schools and adult education centers may require proof of readiness by means of GED®Ready (previously known as the Official Practice Test) or other benchmarks.

Scheduling to Test

In order to register for and schedule a test, examinees must create an account at www.ged.com.

Accommodations

Test-takers with documented disabilities will be able to use approved accommodations when taking the test. Adult education staff or school officials can help the examinee complete the necessary accommodations request forms. Once an individual has approved accommodations, his or her testing appointment will reflect those accommodations (including being a longer appointment if extended time is an approved accommodation). The test-taker will receive most accommodations directly from the computer interface, generally without additional human intervention.

Please refer to the GED Testing website to learn if an accommodations request is appropriate for you and to download forms.

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General Information

Required Tests

Reasoning Through Language Arts

  • Focus is on the ability to read closely, write clearly and understand the use of standard written English.
  • 150 minutes
  • Includes a 45-minute written response

Reasoning Through Mathematics

  • Focus is on quantitative problem solving and algebraic problem solving.
  • 115 minutes
  • On-screen calculator will be provided for use on most of the test

Science

  • Focus is on the fundamentals of science reasoning and the ability to apply those fundamentals in realistic situations.
  • Two themes
    • Human health and living systems
    • Energy and related systems
  • 90 minutes
  • Includes two short-answer responses

Social Studies

  • Focus is on the fundamentals of social studies reasoning and the ability to apply those fundamentals in realistic situations.
  • Two themes
    • Development of modern liberties and democracy
    • Dynamic responses in societal systems
  • 90 minutes
  • Includes one 25-minute extended response

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Fees

Initial test: $32.50 per subtest; $130 for the complete battery

Failed tests: The first two retakes (within twelve months of the first attempt) will cost $12.50 per subtest. Subsequent attempts will cost $10 per subtest.

Re-test in order to earn a higher score: $32.50 per subtest

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Scoring Requirements

Subtest scores must equal a minimum of 600 total points to earn a credential. Sub-test scores will reflect the following ranges:

Below passing:   100-149
Passing: 150-169
Passing with honors: 170-200

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Re-Testing

Examinees who fail any portion of the test may re-take the test twice with no waiting period. After the third (and subsequent) failed attempts, examinees must wait sixty (60) days before another attempt.

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Transcripts/Verifications

Examinees receive their initial transcript and certificate for free after completing the test.

The State no longer fulfills any transcript requests.

Anyone seeking a duplicate transcript or diploma (e.g., examinees, employers, schools and employment verification firms) must do so using the state’s fulfillment service, GED Credentialing™.

If you do not have access to a computer or are having problems with your request, please call the support desk at 888.906.4031.

For more information regarding credentialing, please refer to the GED Credentialing™ Frequently Asked Questions sheet (in Adobe .pdf format*).

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Policies
(The documents below are provided in Adobe .pdf format*.)

2012

Archived

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Testing Centers

Brookings Department of Labor and Regulation
1310 Main Ave S Suite 103
Brookings, SD 57006

Career Learning Center of the Black Hills
730 East Watertown Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

Cornerstones Career Learning Center
420 S Roosevelt Street
Aberdeen, SD 57402

Cornerstones Career Learning Center
33 Third Street SE
Suite 202
Huron, SD 57350

Garretson School District
505 2nd Street
Garretson, SD 57030

Harding County
12474 West Tipperary St.
Box 367
Buffalo, SD 57720

Lake Area Technical Institute
1201 Arrow Avenue
Watertown, SD 57201

Lower Brule Community College
131 Police Drive
Lower Brule, SD 57548

Mitchell Technical Institute
1800 E. Spruce St
Technology Center Office #121
Mitchell, SD 57301

The Right Turn, Inc.
124 East Dakota Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Sinte Gleska University
PO Box 105
260 S Ruth Street
Mission, SD 57555

Sinte Gleska University - Gregory Learning Center
798 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 432
Gregory, SD 57533

Sisseton Wahpeton College
12572 BIA RD 700
PO BOX 689
Sisseton, SD 57262

Southeast Job Link
1024 West Cherry Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Southeast Job Link
1200 West 21st Street
Yankton, SD 57078

Southeast Technical Institute
2000 N Career Ave
Ed Wood Center - Room 103
Sioux Falls, SD 57107

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Contact Information

Barb Unruh, State Administrator
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.5017
Fax: 605.773.6184
email

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184