GED® Credential – a Grade 12 Equivalent for Homeschoolers

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Homeschoolers get a GED® matric equivalent in South Africa

A GED® homeschool matric equivalent is very popular among South African homeschoolers because it only takes a few months to prepare for these tests and it is affordable to most.

Secondly, the GED® allows you more freedom.

Instead of prescribed courses, homeschoolers who choose the GED® as a matric alternative have the freedom to choose their own curricula and study materials, until they are ready to prepare for the GED® Tests.

This means that, unlike students who choose to write the South African National Senior Certificate for matric or other international school examinations, they do not have to take prescribed courses of study for the three years that it takes to complete grades 10-12!

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High school homeschoolers choose a GED® homeschool matric equivalent

The GED® homeschool matric alternative enables families to continue with their own unique courses of study, until such time as a candidate is old enough and ready to start preparing for the GED® tests.

In addition, the GED® credential is a high school equivalency that opens the doors to future opportunities for homeschoolers.

Some homeschoolers have applied to universities, both in South African and abroad. They universities accepted them to study for degrees. Colleges accepted others to pursue technical and vocational courses.

See our growing list of universities and other institutions that accept the GED® credential. University

Read our most noteworthy list of GED® Success Stories submitted by other homeschoolers and GED® students in South Africa.

What Must My Child to do Before the GED®?

Many parents with children younger than 15 or 16 ask what they should do before the GED®. Since there is no prescribed curriculum to follow to prepare for the GED® you can give your children a customised education and let them pursue whatever interests them. However, since the GED® tests four subjects, it makes sense to encourage your children to develop their skills in those subjects. This article has some recommendations of homeschool curricula for younger children, which we recommend for this purpose: What to Do Before the GED®

There are also free practice GED tests to help you assess whether or not your child is ready to enrol on the online GED® study programme that we offer. You can find these free GED® readiness tests on the website of the GED Testing Service at this url:


We are Homeschoolers

Shirley Erwee and the Online GED® team, who run this site, are a homeschooling family. Shirley has been homeschooling for 20 years. She has been serving the home educating community in her capacity as a curriculum provider and consultant since 2002.
The eldest two of her six children have chosen to write the GED® instead of a traditional South African matric. The others are like to do so too, when they reach age 16 or older.
Shirley understands the dynamics of home education and the challenges that families face. She is a home education consultant and she can answer your questions or at least help you to find answers to any questions you may have.

Enrol Now – Get the matric equivalent solution you need. Choose Online GED South Africa