The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”)and the initials “GED®” stand for “General Educational Development.” The term shows that the GED® recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.

Getting your GED® in South Africa means that you are on the same academic level as any American high school graduate. The GED® consists of four subjects: Math, Science, English and Social Studies. Being a South African you can get your GED® on the GED®Academy. In this article we will explain what Grade 12 equivalency courses there are in South Africa and what the benefits of doing your GED® are.Testimonial 03

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Getting your GED®credential is the equivalent of having a *Grade 12 certificate. *The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) have evaluated the GED® as being the closest comparable qualification to the National Senior Certificate.

Having your GED® will allow you to be able to do the same things as someone who graduated at grade 12.  All the work is  online and you study from home on internet.  You are able to study further just like anyone else . Many students are not able to complete their schooling because they dropped out or failed for different reasons. Students may need to work and therefore cannot finish their education . Other reasons for not being able to get your Grade 12 through regular education are  bullying and pregnancy. Many students get bullied so badly that it is impossible for them to continue with their regular education. Some students are looking for an adult high school and we can help them with this. It is true that schooling in South Africa is not easy. Thankfully if you do not have a Grade yet, we can help. A GED is not a Matric but is evaluated as being the closest comparable qualification to the National Senior Certificate.

GED TESTThe GED® is not only recognised in South Africa but also in the United States and many other countries. You can seek employment and education both nationally and internationally with a GED®. It increases your chances of further studying and getting employment abroad. Since a GED® is recognised internationally, it is a great addition to you even if you have already written your matric. It will allow you to enrol in universities or seek employment internationally which would not have been possible with only a South African matric. Having a GED® significantly improves your chances of finding employment locally because it will prove to your employer that you have a good learning base with a broad knowledge which will make you a better choice for an employer.

According to Higher Education Enrolment, a programme of Universities SA (formerly HESA), you may apply to study at a South African University with your GED® credential (Minimum score 145), accompanied by a letter of admission* from an appropriately accredited US university.


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Getting your GED® with the GED® academy is fast and stress free! The program really appeals to students who are home-schooled. Some home-schoolers find out that their education will take a lot longer than regular education. Getting your GED® is often a good solution for them because of the ease of use on the correspondence style learning platform. You can also study part time which allows many students to work and still finish their high school in a reasonable amount of time. For those students looking  to get a Grade 12 equivalent fast, you may have found the answer. You can get your GED® in 6 months with some students even getting their GED® in three months! Learning will become fun and exciting once again. Many students who have passed the GED® academy  are very happy with their performance and the speed of the process. And because it is not a full-time education you are able to do it while studying or working full-time without the hassle. The excellent online setup means that you can study your GED®  or Grade 12 equivalent online and write exams at one of our over 40 exam centres.
The final benefit is that it is a very reasonable option . It only costs you R2500 for the online tuition and $60 per exam . We offer the use of a 5-day free trial to show you how easy and fun learning can be and for you to make sure that the GED® Academy is something you want to do. It is the perfect solution for many people without a school leavers certificate.


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The GED® academy is an SA based online school where you can work at your own pace. Learning is made easy. You do not need any books or have to worry about the problems that distance learning brings. There are no night schools to attend. Everything is online and you will be able to watch videos, practice tests and even have a personal tutor. You can do it whenever you want to and that makes learning fast and simple. All you have to do is sign up for the academy online and pay a one-time fee after which you have a year’s access to the program. As mentioned before the exam consists of four tests: English, Science, Maths and Social Studies. Your exam will be taken at one of over 37 official GED® testing centres located around South Africa. The test centres are located in all the main centres such as Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Boksburg, Soweto, Limpopo and many of the other larger towns and cities. An exam costs only 60 US dollars. There is no age limit  to write, but you have to be at least sixteen years old to write these exams and you can take them whenever and however you wish to.

Following the program is extremely easy and quick. Lessons, teaching videos, exercises, simulated exams and practice tests are all provided. All that you have to do is perform the activities that your personal tutor recommends you to do These recommendations are based on the results you got in an initial review test which checks on which level you are per subject. This will save you much time as the program makes you work on your weak areas only. When you are ready for the exam, your personal tutor will tell you that you are ready, and then you can book an exam at a GED® exam centre.

  So all in all I hope that you are now convinced that getting your GED® at the GED® academy is the perfect solution for you.  It is easy, fast, cheap and is accepted internationally. It will increase your chances of getting a job and you will stand a chance at being accepted at many colleges both in South Africa and in the rest of the world.  I hope that we’ll see you back at the GED® academy soon.

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