GED® Credential – a Grade 12 Equivalent* for Homeschoolers


Studing the online GED course at home

Many homeschoolers choose to get a GED® credential in South Africa,  as an alternative to a school grade 12 certificate. This option is very popular among South African homeschoolers as it suits the home education lifestyle very well.

The Essential Education GED Academy™ course, which we offer at Online GED®, is a self-paced course that allows you more freedom than other options.

Instead of prescribed courses, homeschoolers who choose the GED® 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!

Instead they can pursue other courses, included career-oriented courses, while they are preparing for the GED® or after completing their GED®.

High School Homeschoolers getting a GED homeschool matric

Many high school homeschoolers choose the GED® in South Africa

The GED® homeschool grade 12  equivalent* enables families to continue with their own unique high quality courses of study, until such time as a candidate is old enough and academically 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. The universities accepted them to study for degrees if they met the prescribed admission requirements. Colleges accepted others to pursue technical and vocational courses.

Please refer to the page about Universities for more information about university-acceptance in South Africa with a GED®.

online university degreesMany 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 university degrees. We list options for you to consider on our sister site at Online University Degrees

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 unique, 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®

You can email us to request a free three day trial if you want to check out the online material and assess whether or not your child is ready to enrol on the online GED® study programme that we offer.

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 and they assist her with administrative tasks of running Online GED. The others are likely to do the GED® too, when they  are 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 high school solution you need. Choose Online GED South Africa


*SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority) has evaluated the GED® and found the  National Senior Certificate as its closest comparable qualification. SAQA evaluates each submission of a foreign qualification on a case by case basis and therefore students with a GED® are eligible for SAQA Foreign Qualification evaluation.