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General Education Development (GED)

Many adults who did not complete a high school program of instruction have continued to learn through a variety of experiences encountered in everyday life. The purpose of the GED Testing Program is to provide an opportunity for these individuals to have the learning acquired from such educational experiences evaluated and recognized.

The GED Tests make it possible for qualified individuals to earn a high school credential, thus providing opportunities for hundreds of thousands of adults to:
  • Pursue higher education
  • Obtain jobs or job promotions
  • Achieve personal goals
  • Enlist in military service
In South Carolina, approximately 8,500 adults take the GED examination each year. Approximately 60 percent earn passing scores and are awarded a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma each year. The GED examination is a nationally normed examination. Graduating high school seniors are administered portions of the GED examination. The passing score is set at a point where four out of ten graduating high school seniors could not pass the GED test on their first attempt.
South Carolina Residents: (You must have an ID issued by the SC Department of Motor Vehicles to be considered a state resident).

$80.00 for full 5-test examination.
$16.00 for each separate retest.

We encourage test takers to complete the Official Practice Test prior to taking the Official GED Test. This practice test is given through your local Adult Education program. Call for more information 803.535.1321 or 803.535.1420.