There have been over 12,000 General Equivalency Diplomas completed in South Dakota since 2002, making it the most popular alternative high school credential in the state. Over 97% of employers and educators consider the GED to be an acceptable replacement for a traditional diploma, and getting your GED can net you an average of $7,000 more per year in salary. Whether you want to find a better-paying job, start a new career with vocational training, or enroll in college, the GED program can help you accomplish your goals. Even if you have been out of school for many years, adult education classes or a GED study program can help you pass the test without stress. Take the time to catch up in your education and you can start getting ahead in your career.
How do I Get my GED in South Dakota?
You must meet the following requirements to get your GED in South Dakota:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Not have completed high school
There are five subjects on the official GED test and you must complete them all for credit. Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies are the subjects covered on the test. Candidates can challenge each subject individually or all at once, depending on the testing center’s hours. All testing centers must be approved by the state and you must show up in person to complete your test.
What is Required to Take a GED Class in South Dakota?
GED classes are available to all applicants in South Dakota. There are no educational requirements needed for enrollment and most classes are available for free or low cost. At some facilities, it may be necessary to prove your financial need in order to receive tuition assistance or state funds for testing services.
Where are GED Classes in South Dakota?
GED classes are based at community colleges, adult education centers, and community outreach programs across South Dakota.
In Sioux Falls – The main options for GED classes in Sioux Falls are the Southeast Technical Institute, Adult Literacy, the Bridges Program, and the Dakotas Even Start program. There are also options at the Floyd Career Learning Center and the Lutheran Social Services Refugee and Immigration Center.
In Rapid City – The only study program for the GED program in Rapid City is based at the Black Hills Career Learning Center.
In Aberdeen – For adult education in Aberdeen, visit the Cornerstones Career Learning Center on Roosevelt.
To find more options in your area, visit the National Literacy Directory online for a comprehensive registry of class listings and study programs.
When is the next official GED Test in South Dakota?
The next official GED test is available five days a week and some weekends. Testing centers have regular business hours, but a select few testing centers will also be able to accommodate full-time workers with evening hours or weekend test dates. There are many different ways to prepare for the test, but adult education classes are highly recommended. In 2014, the primary version of the test that will be available is the computer format. This makes adult education classes even more valuable to those test-takers that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with using a computer. Take the time you need to prepare and seek out help; there are many resources available to help you pass.