2014 South Dakota

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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 Dakota, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 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 Dakota, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must be:

  • Have home school status, or
  • Be attending an in-school GED prep program
  • Submit to the state office an underage testing waiver signed by your parent/guardian and a school official

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

No, South Dakota 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?

In South Dakota you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before scheduling your test

What is the score I’m required to make on the practice test before I can take the GED® test?

The practice test is not required.

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

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in South Dakota. That means you don’t have to prove you live in that state to take the GED® test there.

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.

For South Dakota: South Dakota doesn’t have a residency requirement, so they’ll allow you to take the GED® test there.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

South Dakota charges $32.50 per module 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 Dakota 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.

For South Dakota:  In South Dakota you’re not required to be a resident to take the test there. 

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

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In South Dakota there is no specific expiration date.

 Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

South Dakota 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?

That’s a question that varies from state to state. In South Dakota, there is no waiting period.

Questions? Call South Dakota’s state office at (605) 773-5017.

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.

In South Dakota, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call South Dakota’s state office at (605) 773-5017.

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?

If you tested before 2002 please contact your local testing center or state administrator. All other test-takers should visit the transcript page to request a transcript.

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.

If you tested before 2002 please contact your local testing center or state administrator. All other test-takers should visit the transcript page to request a transcript.

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 Dakota there is no specific expiration date.

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

If you tested for the GED® test credential in South Dakota after January 1, 2002, duplicate GED® test transcripts and state diplomas are provided by GED Testing Service. Visit www.GEDcomputer.com to request a duplicate transcript or diploma. Payment must be made at the time that duplicate documents are requested via debit (personal or prepaid) or credit card. Duplicate transcripts cost $10 and duplicate diplomas cost $15.

If you tested for the GED® test credential in South Dakota prior to January 1, 2002 and would like additional copies of your transcript, you can complete the GED® transcript request form online, then print and send it in with the $5 fee, using cash or a money order. No personal checks.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In South Dakota the credential is called the GED® Certificate.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in South Dakota , you can take the GED® test in Spanish .

Questions? Please contact South Dakota’s state office at (605) 773-5017.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

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

Questions? Please contact South Dakota’s state office at (605) 773-5017.

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

Yes, In South Dakota you may combine different language versions of the test.

Questions? Please contact South Dakota’s state office at (605) 773-5017.

Does South Dakota 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 Dakota.