GED® Success Stories

These are GED® success stories and testimonies from homeschooling parents whose children have been accepted to study at universities and other tertiary institutions in South Africa with their GED® credential. Some students shared their stories online themselves.

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Danica Fitzmaurice was accepted to study Engineering at Stellenbosch University in 2018. Bring it On for Danica, who had good reason to drop out of high school in grade 11!


Luci Erwee was homeschooled from grade 1. She completed her GED® with flying colours at age 16 in May 2015. She then took a gap season. She coached gymnastics in 2015 and 2016 and then worked as an au pair in Switzerland and travelled in Europe in 2017. She was accepted for a BA in Sports Science at Stellenbosch University. Read Lucille’s GED® Success Story

Vaughan van Heerden was accepted to study a degree in Psychology at  SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology)

Jason Holm enrolled in March 2017, completed his GED in 10 weeks by 15 May 2017 . He has been accepted to study a three year diploma in General Management at Lyceum College next.

Nevada Jones wrote and passed all 4 GED® tests on one day on 12 June 2017.

Aneke du Preez completed her GED® in 4 months and was accepted to study Foundation Phase Education through UNISA. January 2017

From a parent via whatsapp: “Twins have already been accepted by Aros (B.Ed) and SAE (BA – film industry) subject to university exemption…. ”

Yvette van Zyl, who runs a learning centre shared: “AFDA also accepted one of my students for next year!” (AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) July 2017

Johan S failed matric, but the GED® gave him a second chance to get his matric equivalent fast and now he runs his own business. Read Johan’s GED® Success Story

Teresa D “My daughter was accepted to study in 2015 both degree and diploma with her GED and letter of acceptance to a US university: NDip in Somatology at Isa Carstens

BA Humanities at both Rhodes and Stellenbosch.”

Her other two children did the GED® + SAT and achieved the following tertiary qualifications:

GED Success Stories - matric equivalent“[My] daughter (26) in interior architectural design through CPUT and is married living in Ireland and works for an architectural company. Son (24) studied BA marketing and Brand Management through AAA and is the marketing manager for a surf wear brand in Muizenberg. He took a 2 year gap year before studying to work and travel then went to study.”

Carmen dW “My application to study B.Mus at UNISA was accepted yesterday.”

Tracey-J D “We applied to Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town and my daughter was accepted.”  She wrote the SATs and NBTs too.

Marié Price “My daughter is studying teaching (Foundation Phase) at Varsity College. We had to request a “Certificate of Evaluation” from SAQA and then applied for exemption from Universities South Africa.

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Online GED Success StoriesGemma H reported that UNISA accepted her son to study a B.Sc at UNISA with his GED® credential + letter of reference from a US university.

The {A] family went the GED®+SAT route, and enrolled at the Open Window School of Visual Communication in Gauteng.

A European university accepted Anke B with the GED® credential alone. She planned to complete a BA degree followed by an MBA.

Wendy Y reported that Red and Yellow will only accept students with a GED® credential if they also write the SATs and submit a substantial portfolio of artwork.

Mrs E: “She got accepted on her GED® for the BSc course and got a place in a res,” at Stellenbosch University, November 2016 ” But now they ask for the letter [of acceptance from a US university].”




Aneke (in the note above) passed and was accepted to study Foundation Phase Education at UNISA
A second note from her follows:

“Hello aunty Shirley

I would just like to share my awesome exciting news with you. I got accepted to Unisa today and I already did my registration.

Thank you so much for everything. I still cant believe I got my GED and I got into Unisa and it all got accomplished in 4 months .

Just wanted to say thanks again .

Blessings Aneke”

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