Like in all other states, South Dakota residents can earn a high school diploma equivalent called the General Educational Development (GED) diploma. This document is accepted by 96% of all employers, colleges and universities, and even the armed forces. If you are looking to get a better job or pursue an advanced degree, here is information on how you can start your journey by earning a South Dakota GED diploma.
South Dakota GED Test Format
The South Dakota GED exam is based on the curriculum taught to high school students. The test consists of 240 questions and one essay question on five subjects: reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. You will be given 45 to 90 minutes to complete each subtest, for a total of 7.5 hours for the entire exam. However, the tests are usually given on separate days to minimize stress and fatigue.
If English is not your first language, you can complete the test in French or Spanish. However, the entire test must be completed in the same language. Those with visual impairments can get the exam in large print, Braille, and audio formats.
Passing the South Dakota GED
Each subtest is scored individually and can earn a maximum value of 800. The scores are then added together to obtain the candidates overall test score. You must earn over 410 on each individual test and get a cumulative score of 2250 or above to pass the South Dakota GED exam.
If you do not score high enough to pass the test, you can retake part or the entire exam. There is a waiting period of 30 days between each retest. If you did pass the test but want to improve your score, you will need to submit a written request to the Chief Examiner along with proof of your need (e.g. a request from an employer). You will be required to exchange your old GED certificate for a new one if you successfully achieve a higher score.
Who Can Take the SD GED Test?
- You cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school or have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- You must take the practice test and score over 500
- If you are 16 or 17, you will need to submit proof of your drop out date, written permission from a parent or guardian, and attend an in-school GED prep program
Eligibility requirements can change. It is best to contact a local GED testing facility or visit the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website for up-to-date information.
Registration for the GED must be done at an official testing center. A list of GED exam facilities can be found on the South Dakota Adult Education and Literacy website. In addition to the paperwork relevant to your eligibility, you will need to present photo identification and proof of age. Forms of ID accepted are a driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or passport. (visit www.dlr.sd.gov)
Testing fees must also be paid at the time of registration. The fee is $75 the first time you take the test plus a $20 application fee. Retesting is about $15 per test depending on the testing facility.
GED Study Resources
Whether you just left school or it has been awhile since you took classes, studying for the GED exam only increases your chances of successfully passing it. There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the South Dakota GED exam. Adult education centers and community colleges typically offer GED preparatory courses that will teach you all you need to know to pass the exam. GED study guides, practice tests, and workbooks can be purchased from online or offline retailers or obtained from the local library for free. You can use these materials to study independently.