After the GED®

When you have completed all 4 of the GED® tests, you will need this info explaining what to do after the GED®.

You will receive all your scores in digital format, but it is advisable to also order paper copies of your diploma. You can order one free copy of  your diploma, but you should also order a paper copy of  the transcript (report with scores), for which you must pay.

Click here for How to Order a Paper Copy of your GED Transcript and Diploma after the GED® 

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How to Apply to SAQA for a Certificate of Evaluation

Not all GED® graduates will need to apply for a Certificate of Evaluation from SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority). This is only necessary if it is requested by a college admissions department or employer.

Click here for printable instructions showing How to Apply for a Certificate of Evaluation from SAQA

Update received on 12 September 2018 regarding FOREIGN CONDITIONAL EXEMPTION for South African with a GED®

We now have a date regarding the phasing out of Foreign Conditional Exemption for South Africans with a GED®.

The GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 option by SAQA.*

USAf has confirmed in writing that they will not consider applications for foreign conditional exemption from South African-based holders of the GED® who

a. Register for, or begin work on the GED® after the end of 2018. (This will allow people currently enrolled for the GED® to complete the credential, seek admission to a foreign university and apply to the Matriculation Board for foreign conditional exemption. It will however, mean that this route will be closed to new South African GED® candidates); or

b. Obtain the GED® credential after December 2019.

This means that the GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 equivalent but that FOREIGN EXEMPTION will not be issued to South Africans anymore as from the end of December 2019.

This means that after that date, South Africans with a GED® who wish to apply for a DEGREE course at a university, will have to qualify for one of the OTHER CATEGORIES of exemption, which we have already listed on our University page

The GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 option by SAQA.*

Many overseas universities accept the GED® for admission purposes and offer highly regarded degree programmes. South African GED® graduates who wish to enrol for degree study do have the option to consider overseas online universities. Go to our sister site at Online University Degrees to find options.

Update received on 21 August 2018 regarding FOREIGN CONDITIONAL EXEMPTION for South African with a GED®

As per the ongoing regulatory changes that the GED® is currently experiencing, USAf have confirmed that they will no longer be accepting university acceptance letters for Foreign Conditional Exemption applications from any American ONLINE universities. 

Therefore, students will either need to complete the SATs or submit an acceptance letter from an appropriately accredited American University that is not an online university.

Apply to USAf for Foreign Conditional Exemption after the GED®

foreign exemption certificate after the GED

Certificate of Foreign Conditional Exemption issued by USAf

Once you have received the paper copies of your GED® diploma and transcript, you may wish to apply to USAf (Universities South Africa) for foreign conditional exemption, if you want to apply to a South African University.

The decision as to whether you meet the requirements to receive Foreign Conditional Exemption is at the discretion of USAf.®

In order to qualify for foreign conditional exemption, a GED® graduate must have one of the following two options in addition to their GED® credential:

a) a letter of acceptance from an appropriately accredited US university that is not an ONLINE university


b) a prescribed score on the SAT (American college entrance tests)

Once you have either one of the above, then you can follow these steps in the application process for foreign conditional exemption:

1. Get Copies Notarised

Make copies of your GED® Diploma and your GED Transcript and have them notarised by a Public Notary. A stamp by a commissioner of oaths, such as a police officer, will NOT be accepted by USAf.




2. Pay Fees

Pay the application fee via an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT): You will need the Proof of Payment in PDF format for the online application below. You can check the latest fees and the bank details at this link:

In 2018 it is R500

The surname and initials of the exemption certificate applicant must be clearly indicated on the electronic payment instruction to expedite the linking of the fee to the applicant.


3. Scan Documents

Ensure you have the following documents in PDF format before moving onto the online application form:

  • Proof of Payment
  • ID Document
  • SAT Scores
  • GED® Diploma – notarised copy
  • GED® Transcript – notarised copy

4. Complete Application Form

Complete the online form:

Ensure you select USA HIGH SCHOOL DIPL when selecting the Name/Type of certificate

There is no need to complete the section asking for the subjects.
Print  a copy of the form too.


5. Send Paper Copies to USAf

You also need to send copies of all the documents in points 3 and 4 above to the following address:

Universities South Africa(Matriculation Board)
PO Box 3854

Physical Address:
Universities South Africa (Matriculation Board)
1267 Pretorius Street

We recommend that you send them by courier or by registered mail.

Should you not receive a reply email from Universities SA within 3 working days, call 010-591-4401, select extension 2 and follow up to ensure they have received all the required documentation.

Should you receive your letter from USAf confirming that you can qualify for a certificate of foreign conditional exemption you can apply to the University of your choice.

(Some universities do allow you to apply before you receive the letter from USAf, but the letter of foreign conditional exemption will be required if you are provisionally accepted by the university.)

6. Apply to the University of Your Choice

Most universities have an online application process. Check their respective websites to find out how to do this.
Once you are accepted at the South African university, follow the instructions on the letter you initially received from Universities South Africa (USAf) so that you can get your Certificate of Foreign Conditional Exemption which is valid for 5 years.

USAf may issue you provisional foreign conditional exemption to enable you to apply to a university of your choice, however they may request that you submit additional documents to them, such as an official letter of acceptance or an official application for exemption from a public (or private) South African university, to confirm your exemption by a certain date.

Please note: There is no guarantee that a university will accept you as there are many factors they take into account, no matter what kind of matric certificate or equivalent you have.