In the state of South Carolina, you are offered the new GED® exam for the state’s HSE (high school equivalency) testing, but the state also introduced the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) exam for that purpose. The new GED examination is entirely computer-based, while the TASC can be done both on computer and paper.
GED and TASC
The HSE program is created to help adults who quit high school prematurely, in their efforts to get an equivalent diploma. Obtaining the TASC or GED diploma will improve job options and clear the way for a college education. Be aware that GED and TASC have different scoring methods.
Lowered GED passing score
This page lists all South Carolina facilities that offer GED-TASC prep classes to support you in getting all geared up to take the HSE (high school equivalency) exam with confidence. Just click on a city near you for all options. Please note that it was recently (in January 2016) decided to reduce the GED passing score from 150 points down to 145. It was demonstrated that it was initially set too high. Read more here.
Online testing is NO option
If you want to sit for the GED (or TASC) exam you must show up at one of the state’s designated HSE testing sites in person, the GED and TASC exams are just not available via the internet. Websites that tell something different are fraudulent and their documents are worthless! You may also want to check our post on how to sign up for your GED exam with MyGED.
GED prep sites in and around (select your nearest city):
GED – South Carolina requirements
- In South Carolina, you need to no less than 19 years of age. For applicants 16, 17, or 18, there are special arrangements, so visit a testing site near you
- South Carolina fee: $150 for the whole GED test ($37,50 per individual test), TASC is cheaper
- There is South Carolina residency requirement
- You never graduated from high school and don’t attend any other school activity
GED testing centers in South Carolina
South Carolina State Dept of Education – 1429 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-734-8348
Richland One Adult Education Center – 2612 Covenant Road – Columbia, South Carolina 29204, 803-343-2939
Education Center – 1620 Sherwood Dr, Conway, SC 29526, 843-488-6200
Poynor Adult Education Center – 301 S Dargan Street, Florence, South Carolina 29506, 843 . 664 . 8152
Sullivan Adult Education Center – 206 Wilkins St, Greenville, SC 29605, 864-355-6088
United Ministries – 606 Pendleton St, Greenville SC 29601, 864 – 232-6463
Flexible Learning Ctr – 234 Flint St Extension, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730, 803 . 981 . 1375
Whitlock Flexible Learning Ctr – 364 Successful Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303, 864-594-4482
Dorchester Co. Learning Center – 1325 A Boone Hill Rd, Summerville, SC 29483, 843-873-7372
Sumter ISD – 1345 Wilson Hall Road – Sumter – SC 29150 – 803-469- 6900
Questions? Call South Carolina’s state office at: 803-734-8347
HSE – what is it
The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) program is developed for adults who never completed high school and gives them a second chance to obtain a diploma that compares to a high school diploma. Get in touch with your nearest GED or TASC prep facility to learn all about classes, specific requirements, and regulations as they vary by state.
The GED diploma will have a very positive impact on people’s lives. After passing the GED or TASC exam, you will be awarded the HSE diploma or certificate. This document is all over America recognized and accepted as the equivalency to a high school diploma by practically all US employers, government agencies, and colleges and universities.
How to get started
By the time you think you can go the GED path, take these guidelines at heart. Contact a GED prep center in your area to see whether you qualify and if you do, learn about their policies, registration procedures, cost, and so on. Upon sitting for (one of) the tests, make sure you have become optimally prepared. Local libraries and bookstores can supply study material, and there are a few pretty good and free online courses as well. Probably the best preparation is offered by the facilities near you where GED prep classes are offered mostly free of charge. Prepare Well, pass the exam, and get your GED or TASC diploma.
GED – what’s new
The revamped GED exam was rolled out in January 2014. It is done entirely on a computer and you now have access to your results immediately, except for the essay part. Within a few weeks, you will receive your GED diploma and the official GED transcript in the mail.
One GED test at a time
The GED is modular. You can take one of the four GED subtests or modules (Math, Social Studies, Science, and Literacy) when you feel ready to do so. Your scores will remain valid for two years. This does not apply to the TASC.
GED – prepare well
If you want to prepare for the GED or TASC exam sign up for a prep class in your neighborhood (click on a major city near you in the listing above). There are also some good online courses, your community library or bookstore have also a lot of study material available, and you can also order lots of preparation materials and practice tests from GED.com.
You need to register at the website GED.com and create your account at the portal MyGED. This will give you access to a wealth of GED information and you’ll be guided through all processes. Here you can also get well-informed about the job market and higher education options. If you fail to show up on time to take your test, your registration fee will not be refunded. If you reschedule the test though no less than 24 hours before your test date, you won’t be penalized. Since the new exam was introduced.
GED passing score
Upon rolling out the latest edition of the GED exam (January 2014) it was determined that the minimally required score on each of the four sub-tests was 150 on a scale 100 to 200). In January 2016, however, the minimum score was adjusted to 145 because it appeared it was set a little too high in comparison to the high school graduation level. Read all about it here.
In total, you will need around 7.5 hours to complete the total of four GED tests, but you can take one test when you feel ready to do so. You just need to finish all four tests within two years. For the Literacy test you will have 2.5 hours, for Maths almost two hours, and for Social Studies and Science each 90 minutes. In South Carolina, you need to be at least 19 years of age. If you are 16,17, or 18, you need an Age Waiver and more restrictions apply.
Online GED Testing?
The new GED exam is completely computer-formatted and no longer offered on paper. Don’t get fooled by information on the internet that online GED testing (or the diploma or certificate) is available online. These scam artists just want you to pay for their worthless products that will never be accepted by employers or schools of higher education.
If you want to get your GED or TASC diploma you must report to an official South Carolina GED testing center and take the tests in person, and proper identification is required. GED-TASC testing is only open to South Carolina residents, and you are not allowed to be engaged in another school program, or possess a secondary education degree.
You can find adult education programs all through South Carolina. Most programs provide TASC-GED prep classes, practice tests, and often online preparation options as well. This website as well offers you quite a few GED-TASC practice tests at no cost. We offer you sample questions, answers, and explanations, and this service costs you nothing, and there are also no further obligations!
Please bear in mind that, although our practice tests are a perfect help to get you geared up for the GED exam, only the Official GED Ready Test at GED.com gives you a personalized study plan. South Carolina residents can also benefit from televised GED preparation (check the South Carolina Educational TV network for schedules).