Quick Start

dreamstime_xs_55001394-success-arrow-largeDon’t have time for long explanations? Here are the facts you need for a Quick Start on the GED® route to getting a recognised Grade 12 equivalent*.

Your success is our goal!


  • The GED® is considered to be a grade 12 equivalent*.
  • It is recognised in South Africa by SAQA* and USAf**.
  • The minimum age to write the GED® is age 16.
  • A South African ID or passport is required at test centres.
  • Choose your own test dates for each of four subjects! No Afrikaans test. All tests in English. The subject list is below.
  • No deadlines for writing all tests by a given date. Less stress.
  • Choose a test centre near you – the nearest branch of Boston City Campus & Business College
  • All the study materials are provided online. The course is self-paced.
  • Enrolment is for 12 months at a time starting anytime of year. It can be renewed for another year for students who need more time to study and prepare for the tests.
  • You need a laptop, tablet or desktop computer with internet access to use the online GED® course.

The GED® tests four subjects:

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

Candidates must pass all 4 subjects to earn their GED® credential.


  1. Enrol with OnlineGED.co.za and start your online classes (R2 300 per annum). Pay, email us, START!
  2. Study until the online GED® study programme shows you have reached beyond “Passing Level” in each of the four subjects.
  3. Book your tests online
  4. Write each test on computer at a test centre near you.
  5. Apply online for a hard copy of your results

Enrol now and take the first step towards your future success!




* 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.

** GED® graduates may apply to USAf for a letter of foreign conditional exemption with their GED® credential, accompanied by a letter of admission to a degree course from an appropriately accredited US university.

(You can check this for yourself here: http://mb.usaf.ac.za/united-states-of-america/)

There is no guarantee that a GED® graduate will be issued with a letter of foreign conditional exemption from USAf, nor that a university will accept his/her application.