Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - General Educational Development (GED)

The General Educational Development (GED®) Test provides the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. This credential is recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education, and financial rewards.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation recognizes the importance of this educational milestone and provides the General Educational Development (GED®) program to help those who have not completed a regular high school program leading to a diploma.

Please refer to GEDTS Programs and Services for in-depth information regarding the test and its history. (Please note the GEDTS website requires Adobe Flash Player.)

General Information
Scoring Requirements
Testing Centers
Contact Information

(as established by South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 13-27-1

School Status
Verification of Identity
General Information
Preparation for the Tests
Scheduling to Test


A child who is in school and is 16 or 17 years of age may take the test if one of the following apply:

  • Verification from a school administrator that the child will not graduate with the child's cohort class because of credit deficiency;
  • Authorization from a court services officer;
  • A court order requiring the child to enter the program;
  • Verification that the child is under the direction of the Department of Corrections; or
  • Verification that the child is enrolled in Job Corps as authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, as amended to January 1, 2009.

View or print the Underage Testing Waiver to use for any of the purposes listed above. The testing candidate must have an account created at before the waiver can be approved.

School Status

  • Home school students must be registered with their local school district using a Public School Exemption Certificate (SDCL 13-27-3). Home school students wishing to take the GED® test must submit a signed Underage Testing Waiver for Alternative Instruction (Home School) Students to the State GED® Administrator. The Department of Education must verify home school status before the testing request can be approved. The testing candidate must have an account created at before the waiver can be approved.
  • Students cannot be enrolled in a South Dakota accredited high school at the time of testing. Students must be withdrawn at the time of testing and re-enrolled until they have passed all four sections of the test.
  • A foreign exchange student who is 16 or 17 years old may take the GED® test if he or she is no longer enrolled in the host district and presents signed permission from a parent. Permission from the host parent is insufficient unless the host parent is also the legal guardian. The written permission from the legal parent or legal guardian must be properly notarized by either a notary public in the United States or a comparable entity in the parent/guardian’s country of origin.


South Dakota has no residency requirement.

Verification of Identity

At the time of each testing session, the tester must present a government-issued (national or international) identification that shows name, date of birth, photograph and signature.

General Information

  • Registration: All applicants must create a profile at Scheduling and payment are completed at this site.
  • Fees: Each of the four subtests costs $32.50, paid at the time of registration. Two re-tests per content area are available at a cost of $10 each.
  • Minimum scores: Testers must score a minimum of 145 (out of a possible 200) points on each of the four subtests to pass.
  • Retesting: After the initial testing attempt, the test-taker may re-test up to two times in each content area with no wait time between re-tests. After the third attempt, each re-test in an individual content area must be preceded by a 60-day waiting period.
  • Transcripts: Original transcripts and certificates are supplied without charge by GEDTS. Duplicate documents are fulfilled through GEDTS Credentialing Service and can be requested by accessing
  • Individuals with disabilities: Accommodations are made for test-takers who have physical, mental, sensory, or cognitive disabilities and who provide appropriate documentation of their impairment and its effect on their ability to take the test under standard conditions. Documentation justifying the accommodation must be generated by a professional who is qualified to diagnose and assess the disability. GED Testing Service will review and make the final decision regarding all accommodations requests. Learn more about accommodations on the GED Testing Service website.
  • Other languages: A Spanish version of the test is available.

Preparation for the Tests

Candidates are not required by the State to take any courses or to prepare in any way for the GED® test. However, high schools and adult education centers may require proof of readiness by means of GED®Ready (previously known as the Official Practice Test) or other benchmarks.

Scheduling to Test

In order to register for and schedule a test, examinees must create an account at


Test-takers with documented disabilities will be able to use approved accommodations when taking the test. Adult education staff or school officials can help the examinee complete the necessary accommodations request forms. Once an individual has approved accommodations, his or her testing appointment will reflect those accommodations (including being a longer appointment if extended time is an approved accommodation). The test-taker will receive most accommodations directly from the computer interface, generally without additional human intervention.

Please refer to the GED Testing website to learn if an accommodations request is appropriate for you and to download forms.

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General Information

Required Tests

Reasoning Through Language Arts

  • Focus is on the ability to read closely, write clearly and understand the use of standard written English.
  • 150 minutes
  • Includes a 45-minute written response

Reasoning Through Mathematics

  • Focus is on quantitative problem solving and algebraic problem solving.
  • 115 minutes
  • On-screen calculator will be provided for use on most of the test


  • Focus is on the fundamentals of science reasoning and the ability to apply those fundamentals in realistic situations.
  • Two themes
    • Human health and living systems
    • Energy and related systems
  • 90 minutes
  • Includes two short-answer responses

Social Studies

  • Focus is on the fundamentals of social studies reasoning and the ability to apply those fundamentals in realistic situations.
  • Two themes
    • Development of modern liberties and democracy
    • Dynamic responses in societal systems
  • 90 minutes

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Initial test: $32.50 per subtest; $130 for the complete battery

Re-test: $10 per subtest

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Scoring Requirements

GED® Performance Levels
Below Passing 100-144
Passing/High School Equivalency 145-164
Passing/GED® College Ready 165-174
Passing/GED® College Ready + Credit 175

For more information, please see our Jan. 26, 2016 news release, "Passing Score for GED® Test Recalibrated."

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Examinees who fail any portion of the test may re-take the test twice with no waiting period. After the third (and subsequent) failed attempts, examinees must wait sixty (60) days before another attempt.

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Examinees receive their initial transcript and certificate for free after completing the test.

The State no longer fulfills any transcript requests.

If you are a seeking a duplicate transcript or diploma and you are an

  • Individual
  • Employment verification firm
  • Employer

You must do so by using the state’s fulfillment service, GED Credentialing™.

If you do not have access to a computer or are having problems with your request, please call the support desk at 888.906.4031.

For more information regarding credentialing, please refer to the GED Credentialing™ Frequently Asked Questions sheet (in Adobe .pdf format*).

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For Students Under Age 18

(The documents below are provided in Adobe PDF format.)



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Testing Centers

Brookings Department of Labor and Regulation
1310 Main Ave S Suite 103
Brookings, SD 57006

Career Learning Center of the Black Hills
730 East Watertown Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

Cornerstones Career Learning Center
420 S Roosevelt Street
Aberdeen, SD 57402

Cornerstones Career Learning Center
33 Third Street SE
Suite 202
Huron, SD 57350

Garretson School District
505 2nd Street
Garretson, SD 57030

Harding County
12474 West Tipperary St.
Box 367
Buffalo, SD 57720

Lake Area Technical Institute
1201 Arrow Avenue
Watertown, SD 57201

Lower Brule Community College
131 Police Drive
Lower Brule, SD 57548

Mitchell Technical Institute
1800 E. Spruce St
Technology Center Office #121
Mitchell, SD 57301

Oglala Lakota College
P.O. Box 490
Kyle, SD 57752

The Right Turn, Inc.
124 East Dakota Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Sinte Gleska University
PO Box 105
260 S Ruth Street
Mission, SD 57555

Sinte Gleska University - Gregory Learning Center
798 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 432
Gregory, SD 57533

Sisseton Wahpeton College
12572 BIA RD 700
PO BOX 689
Sisseton, SD 57262

Southeast Technical Institute
2000 N Career Ave
Ed Wood Center - Room 103
Sioux Falls, SD 57107

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Contact Information

Barb Unruh, State Administrator
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.5017
Fax: 605.773.6184

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184