South Dakota GED Requirements

To earn a South Dakota GED diploma, you’ll have to reach passing scores on the four sub-exams that make up the GED test. The test can be taken at a state-designated South Dakota testing center or in an online format.

To register for the GED® sub-exams or for the GED Ready® practice tests, you must create an account on the website GED.com.

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South Dakota GED Requirements

  • South Dakota’s minimum GED testing age is 16.
  • Test-takers 16 and 17 years old must meet additional criteria. They need permission from their school districts and hold parental consent.
  • Applicants cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • Applicants cannot be registered for another educational program.
  • There is NO South Dakota residency requirement.
  • There’s no requirement in South Dakota to attend a prep program first or reach passing scores on the GED Ready® test except when you sit for the exam in an online format.

South Dakota GED Price

In South Dakota, taking the GED exam will cost you $37.50 per individual subtest, regardless of whether you take the tests at a testing facility or in an online format, so $150 in total.

Keep in mind, however, that online testing requires you first to take four GED Ready tests and reach satisfactory scores. There are four GED Ready tests that must be purchased on the GED.com website at $6.99 each. So that will set you back another $28 if you take the exam online.

Students that choose Onsego’s My Advantage Plan, however, will receive four GED Ready vouchers for free. Check here to learn more about the South Dakota online GED exam.

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Online GED Test

The GED test is now also available online. In the past, to get their GED diplomas, students were required to come personally to an official South Dakota GED testing site, but those days are gone.

To qualify for the online GED test, however, students must first attain “green” (likely to pass) scores on the GED Ready practice test. More information is found here: The online GED test at home.

GED Scoring

The four GED modules (independent subtests) are measured on a scale from 100 to 200, and on each of the four GED sub-exams, you are required to reach at least a score of 145. Below passing = 100-144; high school equivalency = 145-164; college-ready = 165-174; college-ready plus up to 10 college credits: 175-200.

FAQ About GED In South Dakota

How to get a GED in South Dakota?

South Dakota is using the computer-based GED test for its high school equivalency program. To earn your GED, you need to pass the four separate GED modules (subtests) that cover the academic subject fields of Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.

What are the South Dakota GED testing requirements?

The GED test offers adults who didn’t complete their high school curriculum the opportunity to earn a credential that’s the equivalency of a regular high school degree. In South Dakota, the minimum age to qualify is 16, but test-takers 16 or 17 years of age need to meet specific additional criteria. There is no South Dakota residency requirement, and testers don’t have to take and pass a qualification test as well (unless you take the exam online).

What is the GED cost in South Dakota?

The South Dakota GED test costs $150 for the complete exam ($37.50 per subtest). This price applies to both online and on-site testing. Online GED testers should, however, add the cost of having to purchase four GED Ready tests (@$6.99 each) as well, which brings the total to $178. Onsego learners in the My Advantage plan will receive 4 GED Ready tests for free.

GED testers can register for, pay for, and take the four GED modules one at a time if they wish. To register for and schedule the tests, they must create their account online at the website GED.com.

For more information:
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
123 W Missouri Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.5821