GED®

An international Grade 12 equivalency

Want to earn an international Grade 12 equivalent online?

Why not consider an international Grade 12 equivalent that is recognised by SAQA and supported by Student Experience Management? The GED® testing programme is ideal for those:

  • Individuals that have not attempted Grade 12 or are older than 16 years (with parental consent) can attempt the GED® testing programme.
  • The GED® testing programme is ideal for individuals wanting to access new career or tertiary study opportunities.

About the GED® Test

The GED® testing programme serves the purpose of making it possible to earn the equivalent of a secondary school leaving certificate to facilitate employment or entry to further studies.

The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”), which is part owner of the GED Testing Service, who administers the GED® testing programme globally. A GED® test credential shows that the recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.

The test is primarily computer-based and is made up of four test subjects. The test includes written responses that assess the test-taker’s thinking and writing skills, known as “constructed response” items. To ensure the GED® continues to measure the content and skills included in the current high school curriculum, the GED® test undergoes regular review and revision.

GED Testing Service offers clear guidance on how to evaluate its graduates, including those who have passed the GED® test.

The GED® also offers a Readiness Assessment which determines whether or not you have the skills, or which skills you need to practice, in order to pass the GED® test. The GED® Readiness Assessment indicates the level of your skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and in reading and writing. Click HERE to purchase a GED® Readiness Assessment voucher.

The GED® test is aligned to leading college-and career-readiness standards.

On successful completion of the GED® test, the learner will be issued a GED® High School Equivalency Credential issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for Washington, DC.

The GED® test is accepted as an equivalent to a high school diploma by approximately 98% of colleges and universities in the U.S. and 95% of employers because they recognise the GED® test as a rigorous examination equal to or exceeding high school proficiency. The GED® test is aligned to the career and college readiness content standards in use throughout the U.S., and the test is standardised and normed using a national sample of recent high school graduates. In addition, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington DC has reviewed the test and determined that it meets their requirements in order to be granted a High School Equivalency Credential from Washington DC.

Source: GED.org.za

Subjects

The GED® tests only four subjects:

  1. Mathematical Reasoning
  2. Reasoning Through Language Arts
  3. Social Studies
  4. Science

You can study at your own pace and our Student Experience Representatives are available through multiple channels to assist you in your learning journey.

FAQs

What is the GED® test?

The GED® testing programme serves the equivalent purpose of a secondary school leaving certificate. It has been in existence since 1942.

Is the GED® test a Matric?

No! The GED® testing program serves the equivalent purpose of a secondary school leaving certificate. SAQA considers the GED® credential as comparable to the NSC (Grade 12).

What happens if I fail a test?

The GED Testing Service permits you to test the same subject two additional times without a wait, and then requires a 60-day wait period between additional attempts. There is no minimum grade criterion to qualify for such a rewrite opportunity but it will attract a test fee. The GED® test score report will provide you with detailed feedback to address the skills you need to work on.

What makes a GED® test credential “equivalent” to a high school diploma or a secondary leaving certificate?

The GED® test is accepted as an equivalent to a high school diploma by approximately 98% of colleges and universities in the U.S. and 95% of employers because they recognise the GED® test as a rigorous examination equal to or exceeding high school proficiency. The GED® test is aligned to the career and college readiness content standards in use throughout the U.S., and the test is standardised and normed using a national sample of recent high school graduates. In addition, the Office of the State Superintended of Education in Washington DC has reviewed the test and determined that it meets their requirements in order to be granted a High School Equivalency Credential from Washington DC.

What is the test format?

The test is completed on a computer.

How hard is the test?

The test is aligned with today’s high school standards. The difficulty level needed to pass the GED® test is the same difficulty level as needed to pass high school today.

How long do you expect we will wait for scores?

Scores will be returned from the test within 24 hours of completion of each subject.

Is the 145 an average score needed for total passing or a minimum score required for passing of each test for the 2014 GED®?

There is no average score needed for total passing.

What does the GED® stand for?

The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”), which is part owner of the GED Testing Service, who administers the GED® testing programme globally. Originally, the initials “GED®” stood for “General Educational Development,” and the term shows that the GED® test measures the lasting outcomes from a secondary school programme of study.

A GED® test credential shows that the recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.

What do I need to achieve to pass the GED® test?

To graduate test-takers must earn a minimum score of 145 on each test subject to pass and earn the high school equivalency credential. In the event a candidate fails, they may retake the exam two additional times at any time. Should they fail a third time, they would have to wait 60 days before the next attempt. There is no minimum grade criterion to qualify for such a rewrite opportunity but it will attract a test fee.

What happens when I pass all 4 tests?

On successful completion of all tests you will be issued an electronic version of your GED® High School Equivalency Credential issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC.

Can I study at a South African University with a GED® credential?

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.

* http://he-enrol.ac.za/qualificationbycountry/united-states-america

It is your responsibility to apply for the letter of admission from an appropriately accredited US university. Guidelines for the application will be provided. You do not have to apply if you are not planning to study further at a university. The GED® High School Equivalency Credential does not guarantee your acceptance into an accredited United States or South African University.

Is keyboarding speed an issue? How does this influence test time?

The time given is adequate for students to construct their answer and key in their response. Field testing has demonstrated that even test-takers with minimal keyboarding skills have adequate time.

How is the 2014 GED® test scored and what score is passing?

The 2014 GED® test is scored by computer. The passing standard on each content area has been set at a score of 145 on a scale of 100 to 200 scaled score points for each of the four content areas.

How many questions will be on each test?

The new test forms do not specify numbers of test questions—they are based on raw score points, since all items are no longer worth just one point each. The final raw score point totals are as follows:

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts – 65 raw score points
  2. Mathematical Reasoning – 49 raw score points
  3. Science – 40 raw score points
  4. Social Studies – 30 raw score points
    Remember that scores from the 2014 GED® test are transformed to a common scaled score metric, to make the scores easier to use and interpret across the content areas.

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GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education. They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service®. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education. Copyright© 2016 GED Testing Service LLC. All rights reserved. Student Experience does not claim authorship of the GED® and GED Testing Service® and are authorised providers of the programme in accordance with the local South African distributors.