2014 South Carolina

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In South Carolina, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 19 years old.  

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In South Carolina, you can be 16, 17, or 18* and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

Until you reach the age of 19, you must have a South Carolina Verification of School Withdrawal form completed by the principal or attendance supervisor of the last school you attended. You may pick up this form at your local high school or adult education office or online.

*If you are under the Department of Juvenile Justice or court ordered, you must provide documentation.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, South Carolina doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test. 

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of South Carolina to take the test?

South Carolina regulations require that all candidates receiving a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma must be a resident of the state.

Candidates MUST bring one of the following forms of identification that is issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to the GED Test Center on the day of the GED examination:

  • A valid South Carolina Driver’s Permit or
  • A valid South Carolina Driver’s License or
  • A valid South Carolina Identification Card


If you don’t have one of the above items, another option for South Carolina residency is Both a Valid Picture ID Acceptable ID’s are:

  • Out-of-State Driver’s Permit (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Out-of-State Driver’s License (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Out-of-State Identification Card (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Military Personnel Identification Card or
  • Passport

And one of the following 

  • A current utility bill in the GED candidate’s name
  • A current apartment lease in the GED candidate’s name
  • A property tax bill in the GED candidate’s name If the utility bill, apartment lease, or property tax bill is not in the GED candidate’s name, the person whose name is on the document must provide a statement indicating that the GED candidate does reside at that address. All forms of acceptable identification must be current and not expired. Excessively damaged identification document may not be accepted.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

South Carolina regulations require that all candidates receiving a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma must be a resident of the state. 

Candidates MUST bring one of the following forms of identification that is issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to the GED Test Center on the day of the GED examination: 

  • A valid South Carolina Driver’s Permit or
  • A valid South Carolina Driver’s License or
  • A valid South Carolina Identification Card


If you don’t have one of the above items, another option for South Carolina residency is Both a Valid Picture ID Acceptable ID’s are: 

  • Out-of-State Driver’s Permit (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Out-of-State Driver’s License (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Out-of-State Identification Card (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Military Personnel Identification Card or
  • Passport

And one of the following 

  • A current utility bill in the GED candidate’s name
  • A current apartment lease in the GED candidate’s name
  • A property tax bill in the GED candidate’s name If the utility bill, apartment lease, or property tax bill is not in the GED candidate’s name, the person whose name is on the document must provide a statement indicating that the GED candidate does reside at that address. All forms of acceptable identification must be current and not expired. Excessively damaged identification document may not be accepted.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

South Carolina charges $37.50 for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in South Carolina you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement. Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

South Carolina regulations require that all candidates receiving a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma must be a resident of the state. 

Candidates MUST bring one of the following forms of identification that is issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to the GED Test Center on the day of the GED examination: 

  • A valid South Carolina Driver’s Permit or
  • A valid South Carolina Driver’s License or
  • A valid South Carolina Identification Card


If you don’t have one of the above items, another option for South Carolina residency is Both a Valid Picture ID Acceptable ID’s are: 

  • Out-of-State Driver’s Permit (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Out-of-State Driver’s License (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Out-of-State Identification Card (issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles) or
  • Military Personnel Identification Card or
  • Passport

And one of the following 

  • A current utility bill in the GED candidate’s name
  • A current apartment lease in the GED candidate’s name
  • A property tax bill in the GED candidate’s name If the utility bill, apartment lease, or property tax bill is not in the GED candidate’s name, the person whose name is on the document must provide a statement indicating that the GED candidate does reside at that address. All forms of acceptable identification must be current and not expired. Excessively damaged identification document may not be accepted.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in South Carolina.

However, all incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

South Carolina test-takers need to score a 150 on each test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

There’s no wait period in South Carolina for people who didn’t pass the first time. You can take the test again whenever you’re ready. However, we encourage you receive additional instruction in the classroom or try your hand at a practice test before you re-test. 

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed. South Carolina Residents can retake subjects they fail before completing all four subtests.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (803) 734-8347 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call South Carolina’s state office at (803) 734-8347.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In South Carolina you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

Duplicate diplomas and transcripts can be ordered using the request form or online.
Cost:
$10.00 each - Transcript
$10.00 each – Diploma

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In South Carolina the credential is called the South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, you can take the Spanish version of the GED® test in South Carolina. However, state law prohibits a test-taker from receiving a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma in any language other than English. That means test-takers will receive a transcript showing they passed the tests, but not a GED® credential.

Questions? Please contact South Carolina’s state office at (803) 734-8347.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in South Carolina.

Questions? Please contact South Carolina’s state office at (803) 734-8347.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

South Carolina only issues the state's High School Equivalency Diploma to test-takers who passed the English version of the test.

Questions? Please contact South Carolina’s state office at (803) 734-8347.

Does South Carolina have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in South Carolina.