FAQ – About the GED® | About the GED

What is the GED® test?
The GED® testing programme serves the equivalent purpose of a secondary school leaving certificate. It has been in existence since 1942.

What does the GED® stand for?
The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”), which is part owner of the GED Testing Service, who administers the GED® testing programme globally. Originally, the initials “GED®” stood for “General Educational Development,” and the term shows that the GED® test measures the lasting outcomes from a secondary school programme of study.
A GED® test credential shows that the recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.

Is the GED® test a Matric?
No! The GED® testing program serves the equivalent purpose of a secondary school leaving certificate.

What makes a GED® test credential “equivalent” to a high school diploma or a secondary leaving certificate?
The GED® test is accepted as an equivalent to a high school diploma by approximately 98% of colleges and universities in the U.S. and 95% of employers because they recognise the GED® test as a rigorous examination equal to or exceeding high school proficiency. The GED® test is aligned to the career and college readiness content standards in use throughout the U.S., and the test is standardised and normed using a national sample of recent high school graduates. In addition, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington DC has reviewed the test and determined that it meets their requirements in order to be granted a High School Equivalency.

What do I need to achieve to pass the GED® test?
To graduate test-takers must earn a minimum score of 145 on each test subject to pass and earn the high school equivalency credential. In the event a candidate fails, they may retake the exam two additional times at any time. Should they fail a third time, they would have to wait 60 days before the next attempt. There is no minimum grade criterion to qualify for such a rewrite opportunity but it will attract a test fee.

What are the registration requirements?
There are no prerequisites for the GED. To write the GED® tests in South Africa, candidates must be age 17 or older and must have a form of South African identification with a name, date of birth, photo and signature, such as a Smart ID.

I am a foreign citizen, can I register and what are the requirements?
Foreign citizens can register to complete the GED® in South Africa. However, as a foreign citizen, you will need to first apply for a Letter of Approval. In order to request to make use of a Boston City Campus & Business College PEARSON VUE Testing Centre, all foreign nationals must email an official request to fn@ged.org.za and include the proposed Boston City Campus & Business College accredited VUE Testing Centre, a clear certified scanned copy of a valid passport and permit/visa and all other related travel documentation. GED.org.za reserves the right to charge for the administrative processing of these applications.