South Dakota GED Requirements

For adults who could not complete their high school education, South Dakota offers the GED exam for the state’s high school equivalency testing program.

The General Education Development (GED®) exam contains four separate subtests (modules) that don’t need to be taken in one session. The tests cover the academic subject fields of Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Language Arts. You can take these modules one at a time.

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South Dakota GED testing 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.

South Dakota GED online

In South Dakota, you can sit for the GED exam at a test center or in an online proctored (O.P.) format. To qualify for online GED testing, however, you must take the official GED Ready practice test and reach a likely to pass (green) score.

There is a GED Ready test for each subject, so four in total. You can buy the GED Ready tests on the website at $6.99 each.

After you’ve scored in the “green zone” on the GED Ready test, you’ll be able to schedule your online GED tests. If you take the South Dakota GED exam at a test center, you’re not required to take the GED Ready first.

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 to first take four GED Ready tests and reach satisfactory scores. There are four GED Ready tests so that will set you back another $28 if you take the exam online.

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What’s on the GED test?

As said before, there are four independent GED subtests (modules) that cover Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.

Also when taken at a test center, the GED exam is exclusively available on a computer. Paper-based testing is a thing of the past. Actually, this makes a lot of sense as most jobs today ask for at least basic keyboarding and computer skills.

GED scoring

The four GED subtests are measured on a 100-200 scale where 145 is the passing score. A score between 145 and 164 indicates high school equivalency, a 165-174 score indicates college readiness, and a score between 175 and 200 will additionally result in extra college credits.

The GED diploma is all across North America accepted just like a regular high school diploma by employers and schools of higher education. Holders of the GED degree will surely qualify for better jobs and they can go on with their academic education in university or college.

How to prepare for the GED and HiSET tests

South Dakota doesn’t require you to first take a GED prep course. But since the GED is a challenging exam, you should really consider attending a prep class near you or sign up for a well-structured online prep course such as Onsego’s GED Prep Course. Online learning allows you to study where and when you prefer.

How do I register for the GED test?

To be able to sit for the four GED subtests, you must create an account on The online portal MyGED is the place for scheduling your test appointments and making payments.

In case you require some accommodation, please apply so in a timely manner via the website or ask your school district or a GED testing center near you for advice and support.

Your future

Workers with a GED or high school diploma make at least $9,600 more annually than workers without a secondary education degree. Across the nation and beyond, the GED diploma is recognized as equivalent to a standard HS diploma and accepted as such by educational institutions and employers.