- Who do I contact to begin the GED Process?
A. Sitting Bull College requires that students prepare for the GED Exam first by PRETESTING. Pretesting can be done at the GED offices at the Sitting Bull College campus in Fort Yates, SBC sites in McLaughlin and Mobridge. Please call the SBC College sites at 701-854-8043, 605-845-3206, and 605-823-4318 for information on GED services in your community.
- What is the difference between Pre-testing and Official Testing?
A. Pre-testing is available for anyone that needs or wants preparation for the Official GED Tests. The pre-tests gauge the academic level of the student in relation to the level needed to pass an official GED exam.
Official GED tests are the actual exams sanctioned by the state given by certified official testers and are separate from pre-testing.
- Does a student have to go through the Pre-testing process in order to take the Official tests?
A. Yes. In order to be able to take the official exams with NO COST at SBC, a student must be referred from the SBC pre-testing center. A student is welcome to take the official exam and pay $30 a test (4 GED tests = $120), but he/she will need to register online at http://ged.com and use a debit or credit card to register for an exam.
A student must complete a pre-testing program before they can be recommended to take the Official GED tests at the Sitting Bull College Official Testing Site for free.
- How old do I need to be in order to begin the GED tests?
A. Minimum Age for Testing in North Dakota: 16. However, students under 18 will need to provide a recommendation from the last high school he/she attended, a parent/guardian consent letter, letter from the student requesting to take GED testing, and complete the Reasoning through the Language Arts official GED pretest. This courtesy insures that the student is making the best decision for his/her educational goal.
- How many tests are there in the GED?
The 2014 GED® has four content areas and takes roughly seven and a half hours to complete:
Reasoning Through the Language Arts
FAQ’s OFFICIAL TESTING
- How often are official tests given?
A. Sitting Bull College Official Examiner typically tests once a week during the regular academic year, and twice a month during the summers. However, testing is NOT scheduled during college registration, finals, or spring break.
- What do I need to bring with me to the testing room?
A. Students need to make an account on www.ged.com before testing. A valid photo ID is all that is required for EACH testing session. Students who forget their photo ID will not be admitted into the GED Testing Session. This is a requirement of the GED Testing Service and North Dakota State Government.
- How many times can I take the official exam?
A. In North Dakota, each student is required to wait at least three (3) business days before taking the GED® test after a failing score; a second failure requires waiting another three (3) business days before taking the test again, and another three (3) days before a third attempt. After three (3) test failures, students must wait 60 days to retest. Remediation and further instruction is available to assist students with difficult content areas and students are encouraged to discuss instructional and testing strategies with staff.
- How long does it take to get my scores after I take a section?
A. Students will know their test scores within an hour. All official transcripts must be released from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction in Bismarck.
- How long does it take to get my diploma after I take my complete battery (all 4 sections)?
A. A student who meets all the requirements will receive an original diploma and transcript in the mail within two weeks. A duplicate transcript and/or diploma can be requested in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. There is a *$2.00 processing fee for each transcript and a *$10.00 processing fee for each duplicate diploma.
- How do I request a duplicate transcript or certificate?
We have a $2 processing fee for a transcript and/or $10 fee for a duplicate certificate. Please fill out the “Authorization for Release of GED Records” and mail to DPI. Please allow 5-7 days for processing and mailing.
- Who do I contact if I have more questions?
A. For please contact the GED/ABE Program Director at 605-845-3206 – Mobridge site; or GED tutors at (701) 854-8043 –Fort Yates SBC campus; or 605-823-4318 – McLaughlin site;
GED Students, please remember:
The GED Official Exam is a equivalency program that takes time and hard work to complete.
We are mandated by the federal government to follow strict guidelines when testing.
Please understand that these strict guidelines help Sitting Bull College ensure that completion of a valid GED® is something important in your life!
SBC – Sitting Bull College
ABE – Adult Basic Education
GED – General Educational Development