Earn your
GED® High School

Obtaining your GED certificate is a two year optional extra after obtaining your School Leaver Certificate. Before commencing with your GED course via Pocket Classrooms, first determine whether you need it or if your School Leaver Certificate is sufficient for your needs. For example, your GED may be required if you wish to attend university or require accreditation for a specific corporate job application. You need to first determine if this is required and then you can assess if you should enrol for the GED course. The GED Test is offered in over 85 countries worldwide and our fees do not include the final GED exam fees that are payable to your local GED Testing Centre. You do not take your final test with Pocket Classrooms and our role is to prepare you to take those exams at your nearest Testing Centre at the end of your 12th year. You will therefore only take the final Test at the end of your 12th year at a Testing Centre and all other tests prior to that will be taken on your cellphone via Pocket Classrooms.

#1 most recognized higher secondary certificate worldwide

Internationally recognized

The GED® program is the only higher secondary certificate available in over 85 countries and accepted by nearly all universities in the U.S. and many across the world.


The GED® is the American alternative to the A-level test, HSC, New Zealand’s NCEA, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and other higher secondary credentials.

United States &

97 of universities and colleges in the United States and Canada accept the GED®.

Australia & New

75 years of trust
and recognition

The GED® Testing Service is a joint venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson, a leading global education company. Over 20 million GED® graduates around the world have gone on to attend university in the U.S. and other countries.


Instead of grade 11 and 12, students will prepare to write their final GED® exams. These total approx. 7 hours and can be done over a few days. The GED® replaces grades 11 and 12 and we have condensed those grades into 2 years of study. We offer GED® Year 1 (a grade 11 replacement) and GED® Year 2 (a grade 12 replacement). This makes a total of 12 years studying. At the end of successfully completing GED® Year 2 with us, students will be sufficiently prepared to write their GED® final exams. The exams are taken at one of the centres located in your country. To see where the nearest test centre is located to you, see https://ged.com/about_test/scheduling/ and click on “See Where I Can Test.” Take note that you will have to pay the test centre to take the GED and those fees need to be verified with your nearest centre and do not involve Pocket Classrooms, nor does registering or making a booking with the GED service.

The GED® curriculum is not officially offered or divided up into 2 levels, but we have labelled them Year 1 (GED 1) and Year 2 (GED 2) simply for practical reasons as we offer academic content spread over 2 years. Since March 2019 the minimum age for any student to write the GED is 17 years old but this should be confirmed directly with your nearest GED centre.

Once successful, you will receive your GED® transcript from GED® Testing Service and a GED® credential from the Office of State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC. The GED® credential signifies that the student has met the prevailing standards of high school in the United States. In addition, colleges and employers in many countries accept the GED® credential as equal to their country’s high school diploma.

Here is a copy of the GED® certificate as earned by a past student

The GED® Test (2016 series) consists of four different test areas, with the fourth test subject area (Social Studies) consisting of 4 parts being History, Geography, Economics and Civics & Government

There are 4 final exams that are taken and each one is scored out of 200 points. Students must attain an overall average of 580 (145 points per exam) out of the combined 800 points (200 per exam) plus attain a minimum of 145 points out of 200 for each exam. This is not traditionally stated as a percentage, but it can be calculated to the equivalent of 72.5.

Reasoning through Language Arts

Mathematical Reasoning


Social Studies (History, Geography, Economics, Civics & Government)

The four 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 about it.

The GED® exams are made up of the following types of questions

Multiple choice

Drag and drop

Hot spot
(select an area)

Fill in the blank

Extended response

Fill in the blank



MATHS 120 MINUTES Quantitative & Algebraic Problem Solving
SCIENCE 95 MINUTES Life science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science
SOCIAL STUDIES 75 MINUTES Civics and Government, U.S. History, Economics,
Geography and the world
REASONING THROUGH LANGUAGE ARTS 155 MINUTES Ability to read closely, Write clearly, and Edit and
Understand written text

Each subject is designed to test your skills and knowledge on different topics

Universities in different countries have different requirements for admission. Some require the GED only, others require the GED plus the SAT test, others require more. Inquire with your chosen institution for their requirements.

If they also require an acceptable score on the SAT test then read up about the SAT on the relevant page by clicking here.

If you require admission to a South African university, read up about those requirements by clicking here.