All About the GED: South Dakota

If you are a South Dakota resident who does not have your high school diploma, you might consider earning your GED credential to reach your financial and personal goals. Read on to learn important information about earning your GED in South Dakota.

How to Earn Your GED in South Dakota

If you're looking to further your education or career but did not earn your high school diploma, a General Educational Development (GED) credential may fulfill your needs. The GED is accepted as a high school diploma equivalent by most employers and colleges. Although it was developed by the American Council on Education (ACE), it is overseen by the individual states. In South Dakota, the Department of Labor and Regulation is in charge of GED testing.

The Structure of the GED

The GED is composed of five individual exams designed to test basic competency. They cover writing, social studies, science, reading and mathematics. Most of the exams are multiple-choice, although the math section includes some alternate format questions, and the writing portion includes an essay. The GED exams must be taken in-person; they are not available online.

Eligibility and Registration

In South Dakota, you must be at least age 18 to take the GED exam. You must not have a high school diploma or GED certificate. The state also requires all test-takers to participate in an official practice test and pass with a minimum score of 500. If you are under age 18, you may be eligible to take the GED if you are not currently enrolled in a normal high school program. Additional requirements for those under the age of 18 can be found on the Department of Labor and Regulation's website (

You may register for the GED at your local testing center. Testing centers can be found on the Department of Labor and Regulation's website. You'll need to complete a demographics form, bring proof of age (such as a driver's license) and a photo ID and pay your testing fee. Your local center will have a testing schedule; it is recommended that you only take two or three tests at a single sitting.

Scoring and Retesting

South Dakota requires you to earn a total score of at least 2,250, with no individual score being less than 450. If you fail one or more of the tests, you may retake them using an alternate test form. You may take each of the five tests up to three times in one year. You'll need to wait 30 days in between tests. This time is given to allow you to prepare for the re-test.

If you have a GED certificate already but would like to improve your score to meet an employer's or college's requirements, you may send a written request to your local testing center. If accepted, you'll take a different form of the test(s), pay the fees and exchange your old certificate for a new one.

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