Instead of grade 10, 11 or 12, students will prepare to write their final GED exams.
These total approx. 8 hours and can be done in a few days. We have divided these
grades up into GED Level 1 (grade 10 equivalent) and GED Level 2 (grade 11 and 12
equivalent done in one year). This make a total of 11 years studying, instead of
At the end of successfully completing GED Level 2 with us, students will be sufficiently
prepared to write their GED final exams. These exams will be written at your nearest
Once successful, you will receive an official high school equivalency certificate
from the State of Maine’s Dept. of Education, in the USA. The diploma is known as
the GED (General Education Development). In the United Sates, 98% of colleges and
universities that require a high school diploma accept the GED credential and 96%
of companies accept applicants with a GED credential for jobs requiring a high school
diploma. Moreover, it has been written by more than 17 million people and is offered
via 3400 exam centres worldwide!
So what are the principal differences between the South African NCS and American
Many students are not cut out to fit into the “traditional school mould”. Some are
failing whilst others are not fitting in with the curriculum. Many more, won't or
have no intention of going onto university. However, all need a vocation! All of
us need to earn a living and graduating from high school is not enough; students
need specific skills that allow them to specialise and be good at something!
So for many, the high school diploma is a stepping stone to a tertiary qualification,
whether it be at a university or a college.
Amazingly, most countries don’t plan to help those that aren't great academics to
stay within the academic system. Instead, many drop out as they are disillusioned
and their self esteem is rock bottom as they have perhaps failed Math or Science.
They end up dropping out and becoming part of a "forgotten" community of ex students.
Even more bizarre is the fact that many countries do not have a high school equivalency
test that enables students to farther their studies at a tertiary level. So if they
drop out, the system tries to keep them down and inhibits their ability to get back
on track and into mainstream education.
In 1942, The Unites States recognised that they needed a system to help World War
2 veterans to catch up time lost whilst fighting in the war instead of studying in
the classroom. They developed the GED test, a high school equivalency test that if
passed, would be recognised for farther studies at a tertiary level. Since then,
the GED has been written by more than 17 million students! One in 9 high school diplomas
in the United States are GED graduates, and 1 in 20 university graduates have GED
All fifty states in the United States officially offer the GED exams and it is written
in more than 3400 testing centres worldwide. To see a sample certificate from three
US states, see below -
The GED consists of five multiple-choice tests plus a timed essay test. The five
subject areas covered by the GED test are Language Arts, Social Studies, Science,
Reading, and Mathematics. Each area covers the material that high school students
learn during that particular course of study.
The GED test is created by the collaborative efforts of secondary school educators,
adult educators, and subject matter experts. In order to ensure the fairness and
accuracy of the GED tests, each question is scrutinized by test specialists.
In order to create a test that most accurately reflects the content students learn
in high school, the GED is standardized on a regular basis. The standardizing procedure
uses the test scores of a stratified random sample of graduating high school students
who are tested in the spring of their senior year. The scores of these students are
used as the performance standard that must be matched by students attempting the
Candidates who do not anticipate attending an undergraduate school or university
after obtaining their GED will have the opportunity to pursue a greater number of
jobs than if they had not obtained their GED. Many candidates who pursue a GED report
doing so in order to get better jobs resulting in better income. Many candidates
report that obtaining a GED makes them feel better about themselves. Obtaining a
GED should be viewed as an investment in one's future.
The GED test can be written in South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), and is
typically a total of seven hours of exams. If you are located in another country,
you can find your nearest exam centre by visiting Prometric’s (the exam administrators)
web site and locating the centre of your choice. To do that, click here
We recommend a service offered by a company that operates in partnership with the
American Council on Education. They offer the tests in international jurisdictions
and then all successful students are issued with a High School Equivalency Diploma
issued by the State of Maine, in the USA.
N.B. To write the GED, you must be at least 17 years old. During May of their the
grade 12 or final year, students will be supplied information regarding writing and
registering to sit for their final exams. The GED exams will be taken via an independent,
third party organisation. Cyber School does not benefit financially from any student
referral. The approximate total cost of all exams and the diploma is the equivalent
US $ 1000. (This is the cost at the time of writing and final costs need to be verified).
Part of the service we offer is to help prepare students to write the GED test and
obtain their high school equivalency diploma. Providing the student is 17 years old,
this can be written at the end of grade 12 or your final year with us, which, by
agreement may be sooner.
Whilst we do focus on GED preparation, we also place great emphasis on offering a
broad based and holistic educational foundation for all our students. For us, passing
the GED is not the only goal. Receiving
a well rounded education is. We try to instil discipline and a work or study ethic
and culture that will benefit each student in their farther studies, in the workplace,
and in life in general.
In this context, we do not see the GED as a quick fix or shortcut, but rather a practical
alternative to an ever increasing problem of a matric that is declining in academic
value by the day, is inflexible and rigid to the point that it no longer caters for
many students that are "falling through the cracks," or those that don't fit the
mould that has been created for them by an institution that inadequately caters for
the challenges of tomorrow.
Renowned GED Credential Recipients include -
Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware
Mary Lou Retton, Olympic Medal-Winner
Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s
F. Story Musgrave, NASA Shuttle Astronaut
Bill Cosby, Comedian and Actor
Honorable Greg Mathis, U.S. District Court Judge
Gretchen Wilson, Country Music Musician
Richard Carmona, Former U.S. Surgeon General
Michael J. Fox, Actor and Advocate
Wally Amos, Founder of Famous Amos Cookies
The GED Examination is divided into 5 exam subjects:
1. English Language Arts, Writing
2. Social Studies
4. English Language Arts, Reading
The five tests are designed to measure the knowledge and skills that a student should
have acquired after four years in high school. One important thing about the tests
is that even though the questions may involve a specific area of study such as science,
you don’t have to memorize specific facts, details, dates, or even exact definitions.
Much of this information is given to you in the test itself. You will have to be
able to read and understand the material that is presented and then to answer questions
With the exception of the essay part of the Writing Skills test, all of the questions
in the GED Examination are multiple choice. You will be given a brief statement,
short passage, map, table, or diagram, and then you will have to answer one or more
multiple-choice questions about this material.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY EXAMINATIONS
TOTAL: 7 HOURS, 15 MINUTES
To download a fast facts sheet on the GED, click here
To download a comprehensive document that covers more information in detail, click
To find out more about entering university or college with the GED, click here