South Carolina

FAQs for Earning a GED® in South Carolina

Top Policies

How old do I need to be to take the test?

You must be 19 years old to test in South Carolina.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

In South Carolina, you can be 16*, 17 or 18 and take the GED® test if you have a South Carolina Verification of School Withdrawal form completed by the principal or attendance supervisor of the last school you attended.

  • If you are 16 years old, you must be under the jurisdiction of DJJ or court order letter must be sent into the state GED® office in Columbia.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Your parent/guardian must be present at the pre-test check in to give consent and authorize underage tester to be recorded during testing. If parent/guardian is not present the exam session will be revoked. 

Yes, you must provide proof of SC residency as well as valid/current identification. This can be accomplished by using one of the following methods.

  • Present a valid/current SC driver’s license or a valid/current SC identification card (issued by the SCDMV).  This one piece of identification satisfies both identification and residency proof requirements.
  • Present one approved form of proof of residency AND one approved form of identification.

    • The approved forms of proof of residency are:

      • Utility bill (electric, gas, water, sewer)
      • Utility bill in another person’s name, with dated affidavit from that person stating the candidate lives at that address.
      • Property tax bill (for home or land, copy)
      • Property Tax bill in another person’s name, with dated affidavit from that person stating the candidate lives at that address.
      • Lease (copy)
      • Lease in another person’s name, with dated affidavit from that person stating the candidate lives at that address.
    • The approved forms of identification are:

      • Out of State License/ID*
      • Military ID
      • Passport (U.S. or other country)*
      • U.S. Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
      • Permanent Resident/Green Card
      • U.S. Visa

*The out of state driver’s license/ID and the passport require documentation of the state / country of origin.

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in. You may test in South Carolina without meeting our residency requirements; your jurisdiction has to be from another state.

No, South Carolina doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Yes, you are required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test online. 

Price & Payment

  • What is my cost if I test at a Test Center? 

South Carolina charges $37.50 per subject for the GED® test taken at a test center  

  • What is my cost if I Test Online? 

South Carolina charges $43.50 per subject for the GED® test taken online


You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In South Carolina, test-takers may take a subject area test as many as three times without a waiting period between each unsuccessful attempt. After taking a subject area test three times, the test-taker must wait 60 days before retesting. A 60-day wait period will go into effect after each additional non-passing subject area test attempt. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam allows for one retake before a 60 day waiting period. After taking a test subject two times online, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting.  

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state. 

In South Carolina, there is a $17.50 test center fee for test retakes. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $43.50 for a retake in South Carolina. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. We recommend contacting your state’s office at (803) 734-8347 to find out more about your credential.

Once you pass the GED® test in South Carolina, you will automatically receive your transcript and credential.  Please allow two week processing time.  Duplicate diplomas and transcripts can be ordered online.

  • $10.00 each – Transcript + plus $4.00 processing fee
  • $10.00 each – Diploma + plus $4.00 processing fee

In South Carolina the credential is called the South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in South Carolina you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • For Online Proctored exams you must schedule your test appointments separately, one at a time. After you complete one online exam you may schedule another, based on appointment availability. 

In South Carolina, you can test in either Spanish or English. If you take the exam in Spanish you will only receive a transcript; you will not receive an equivalency certificate.

No, in South Carolina you cannot combine different language versions of the GED® to earn your credential.

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator  in that state with questions.

Michael R. King
GED Administrator
State Department of Education
GED Testing Office
1429 Senate Street, Suite 402
Columbia, SC 29201

How to Get a GED® in South Carolina

Embarking on a journey of personal growth and educational achievement is an empowering decision that can transform your life. If you want to expand your horizons, advance your career, or pursue higher education, earning a GED® in South Carolina is a significant stepping stone toward reaching your goals. You can pursue a traditional classroom education or earn your GED® online in South Carolina. If you’re ready to embark on an educational journey, explore how to prepare for and take the GED® exam and discover the best path to success.

Creating Your Online Account

Whether you intend to take online or in-person GED® classes, a free account provides access to abundant learning resources and can help you find courses and testing centers near you. We make it fast and easy to create a account. Simply provide an email address and password for your account, and follow the screen prompts. You will also need to enter your:
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Mailing address
  • Contact information

Classes and Testing Centers Near You

In-person courses provide a traditional and immersive learning experience. These courses are ideal for students seeking a more structured and interactive approach to their GED® preparation. Some of the key benefits of earning your GED® in South Carolina through in-person learning include:
  • Structured Learning Environment: In-person courses offer a more structured and organized learning environment. You’ll have a consistent schedule that helps promote regular attendance and discipline to help you maintain a steady learning pace.
  • Personalized Support: In-person GED® teachers can provide immediate, personalized support and provide you with the help needed to succeed.
  • Collaboration and Peer Learning: Being part of an in-person class enables you to collaborate with your peers and support one another.
Ready to find GED® classes in your area? Use your free account to explore options for local in-person courses and find a testing center near you! You can search for classes and testing centers using your zip code or your city and state. All listed locations also include access to their addresses and phone numbers for your convenience.

Online Classes

GED® classes online in South Carolina provide a modern and flexible approach to education, allowing you to learn on your terms and at your own pace. Whether you have work commitments, family obligations, or geographical constraints, online courses can be an excellent option. Here are some of the most significant advantages of taking GED® classes online:
  • Improved Flexibility: Taking GED® courses online gives you the freedom to create a study schedule that fits your lifestyle.
  • Self-Paced Learning: Online courses offer a self-paced learning environment, so you can progress through material at the speed that suits you best.
  • Diverse Online Resources: Your free online account provides easy access to a wealth of digital resources and learning materials.

GED® Tests Online in South Carolina

Did you know you can take the official GED® test online in South Carolina? After completing your GED® coursework and earning a “green” or passing score on the South Carolina GED® practice test, you’ll have 60 days to schedule your official GED® test online. You’ll need the following to schedule an online exam:
  • A private workspace
  • A reliable internet connection
  • A valid government-issued ID
  • A reliable computer and webcam
  • A ‘green’ score on the GED Ready® exam
Log into your account at least 30 minutes before your test time on the scheduled day. You will need the extra time to verify your workspace, computer, and ID. When you’re ready to begin the verification process, select “Launch” from your appointment card on the homepage of your account.

Ready to Earn Your GED® in South Carolina?

Whether you choose online courses or in-person learning, earning your GED® in South Carolina can open the door to various professional and personal opportunities. Your commitment to personal growth and lifelong learning has brought you here, so let us help you reach your goals. Find GED® classes or schedule a GED® test in South Carolina today.