GED Homeschool Matric

A GED Homeschool Matric equivalent is a popular alternative to getting a matric online. It is a grade 12 equivalent recognised in SA, accepted by universities

A GED Homeschool Matric equivalent plus a letter of admission OR a set SAT score is an option for homeschoolers or adults who didn’t finish high school to get a recognized grade 12 equivalent with foreign conditional exemption. 

The GED® test series, which is currently used internationally, including SA, is a series of four subject tests, which is considered an equivalent to be an American High School Equivalency Credential.

The GED® is accepted at many tertiary institutions around the world. In South Africa it is recognized by Universities South Africa (USAF) as a foreign  grade 12 equivalent.

The GED® alone is usually adequate for candidates wanting to study at colleges – but always check first.

Those wishing to apply to study at university need a letter of foreign conditional exemption from USAF.

For this,  in South Africa the GED® is required in combination with either

  1. a letter of acceptance to an accredited American university or
  2. a prescribed score on the SAT test

The condition is that the student must pass his/her first year at university.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST check with the universities of your choice that they will accept these foreign qualifications before embarking on this route of qualification.  A matric with exemption or in this case a GED® plus a letter of foreign exemption is the minimum requirement for admission to a university. Faculties may set additional requirements for admission to their degree courses.

In response to an email enquiry about the GED® + SAT, Rhodes University stated: “Rhodes University will accept applications as set you below.  We have had many home schoolers apply and have been accepted as long as they meet the HESA requirements.”

To date there are written replies from the following universities indicating that they will consider candidates with a GED®+SAT:

North-West University
Stellenbosch University
University of the Free State
University of Venda for Science and Technology
Mangosuthu University of Technology
University of Pretoria

There is also a growing list of other tertiary institutions that have accepted candidates with a GED® credential plus foreign conditional exemption. Click to view our list.

The 2014 GED® tests four subjects.

  • Science
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Social Studies
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts



2. BOOK TESTS – you have to book and pay online

3. WRITE TESTS – tests are written on computer at a test centre on the date of your choice


When you receive your letter of admission, you do the last step:


For all the details of how to go about preparing for, writing your GED® and applying for the necessary transcript and South African equivalent, you need to go to our sister site,


Watch the GED Webinar – its FREE!

To learn about costs, how to book, test dates and procedures in half an hour, view the GED® Webinar or you can spend hours sifting through the info online yourself. SAVE  YOURSELF TIME and get the practical tips about how to go about it in South Africa in the webinar.

The GED® webinar will tell you all this and more:

  • What is the GED®?
  • How to study and prepare for the GED®
  • Where to find the 38 GED® test centres in South Africa.
  • The cost of the GED® – you will be pleasantly surprised!
  • Where do we write the GED® tests in South Africa?
  • How to go about booking the tests online
  • How to order a hard copy of the diploma from the USA
  • Inspiring GED® success stories and testimonies





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What is the SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that enables students to show colleges what they know as well as how well they can apply that knowledge.

The SAT consists of three major sections:

  • Critical Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800.

[In the USA there are also SAT Subject Tests which can be written for individual subjects. These are not required for South African matric purposes.]

Most students in the USA take the SAT during their grade 11 year and again during their grade 12 year of high school, to improve their scores and almost all colleges and universities in the USA use the SAT to make admission decisions.

The SAT is offered on average six times a year outside of the United States.

In South Africa it can be written at various centres, but not all the testing centres offer it on all dates:

The international test and registrations fees are $84.50 including an international processing fee (2017 prices)

 For more detailed information about the SAT, click here: SAT Homeschool Matric




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