The South Dakota GED

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The South Dakota General Education Development (GED) exam could be your ticket to a better job, a college education and a feeling of accomplishment. This article explains important first steps you must do before taking the SD GED.
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What is the Format?

The GED is broken down into four separate sections: Language Arts; Social Studies; Science; and Mathematical Reasoning. Question types can be in the form of multiple choice, drop and drag, fill in the blank, hot spot, and short and expanded answer.The Mathematics section of the GED allows you to use a calculator (provided) in Part II, but you won't be allowed to use the calculator for the five questions in Part II.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

The cumulative standard score for all tests must total 600. This represents a passing standard of 150 for each of the four tests. If you fail the exam, you may retest two more times without waiting. After the third time in any subject area, you must wait 60 days to retest. There is no limit on how many times you can take the test within a year.

Who is Eligible?

According to the GED Testing Service, www.gedtestingservice.com, you must meet these requirements to be eligible to take the GED in South Dakota:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • If you are under 18 years, you must:
    • Be a homeschool student
    • Be enrolled in an in-school GED preparation program
    • Submit an underage testing waiver signed by a parent or guardian
  • You don't have to be a resident of South Dakota to take the GED.
  • You must not have graduated from an accredited high school or already received the GED.

How do I Register for the GED and What Will it Cost?

In order to register, you will need to create a profile at www.ged.com. Registration is done through this site. A list of testing centers can be found on the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website, https://dlr.sd.gov/workforce_training/ged.aspx.

The cost for taking the GED in South Dakota is $32.50 for each of the subtests, to be paid at the time of registration.

How do I Prepare?

You can prepare for the GED in two main ways: by taking a preparation class (recommended) and by studying independently. When you take a preparation class either through your local testing center, community college or adult learning center, you have someone there to guide your studies. You can get instant feedback from your teacher and you can quickly check your homework.

Studying independently can be productive too, though. Try visiting your local library and use their study materials, or purchase the study materials off the Internet or at your local bookstore. Otherwise, you can browse the Internet for sites that offer free GED lessons and practice exams.

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