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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 four individual exams designed to test basic competency. They cover social studies, science, reasoning through language arts and reasoning through 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. Practice tests are available, but you are not required to take them in South Dakota. 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 (dlr.sd.gov/workforce_training/).
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
In order to pass the GED test, you need to score at least 150 on each section of the test and score 600 overall on all of the sections. If you fail one or more of the tests, can retake a section or sections of the test whenever you want. However, if you take a section more than three times, you will have to wait 60 days to retake that section again.
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.