South Africa

Top Policies

How old do I need to be to take the test?

If you are 18 years or older you may sit for the test with no restriction.

If you are 17 years old, you must complete and submit a Parental/Guardian Consent form and send it to and include in the email:

  • Your first and last name as listed on your testing account
  • Your full mailing address (including city, state, and zip code) as listed on your testing account.
  • Your telephone number as listed on your testing account.
  • Your email address as listed on your testing account.
  • Your GED ID number if available.
  • Your date of birth as listed on your testing account

Once the form is reviewed and approved by us, you will receive a notification in your account letting you know that you can schedule your test.

Due to government rules, no one 16 years of age or younger is allowed to test.

  • Any attempt at falsifying your age on your account or at the test center will result in exam score revocation and additional future testing bans.

Step-by-step instructions for international test-takers on how to complete the parent consent form for the age alert

When you arrive at the test centre, you will be required to provide one or more valid forms of government-issued ID. The ID must include your:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Handwritten Signature
  • Photograph.

Should your ID not include a handwritten signature, you can meet this specific requirement by downloading and completing the affidavit on the link South Africa GED Signature Affidavit.

If you do not present a proper ID that meets these requirements, you will be turned away on the day of testing and will lose your test payments.

The ONLY forms of ID that will be accepted for testing purposes:

  • Smart ID Card
  • Old Green Book ID, together with a bank card that has your full name and signature
  • Old Green Book ID, together with the completed affidavit
  • Valid Passport

Birth certificates are not accepted for GED ID testing requirements.

In accordance with the Immigration Act, only students who have a South African ID or passport, a valid study permit, refugee status or foreign nationals residing in South Africa and holding any valid (non-expired) permit/visa, issued to such an individual by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), deemed to be in transit (traveling in the Republic as a tourist), or as a citizen from a SADC country visiting the Republic for a period not exceeding the minimum allowed period by the DHA, before being required to apply for a temporary residence permit, may request to make use of a Boston City Campus & Business College PEARSON VUE Testing Centre, in order to participate in proctored online GED-assessment events. Candidates with an expired permit/visa will not be permitted to sit for a scheduled exam.

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 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.

No, you are not required  to prepare for the GED® test in an program or classroom, however we find that students are more successful on the test when they attend classes through a GED® preparation program.

No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test. However, the GED Ready practice test is the best way to predict how likely you are to pass the GED® test.

Price & Payment

The GED® test costs US$80 per subject. There are four subjects on the GED® test, so the total for all subjects is $320 USD.

Test Retake Policies

There is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you will need to wait 60 days before retesting in the same subject.

In order to test again in a subject you've passed, you must complete an approval process. To request approval you will need to email a brief description of why you wish to test again to If your request is approved, you will receive an email. That email will include instructions on how to schedule additional tests.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact or Asia Pacific (APAC) Region +85-2-3077-4923, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Region (toll) +44 (0) 161-855-7440. Please note that approvals will only be made for a maximum of 2 retests per year (during any 12 month period).  Retesting wait period may apply between the first and second retest attempt.

The GED® retest fee is US$80.

Transcripts & Diploma

The International GED® Program has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

After passing the GED® test, you will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma.  Paper documents will not be automatically sent.  You will need to confirm the shipping address and pay for postage.  You may request the paper diploma using the process outlined below.

Electronic Diploma and Transcript

The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your GED®account once you have passed all GED® test subjects and earned your diploma.

  • Links are only available for a limited time, so be sure to download your electronic documents right away.
  • Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials.
  • The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma

The printed diploma can be ordered in your GED® account at After logging in, go to My Scores and select Order Duplicates. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option.

  • You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to.
  • The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used and can only be used one time.
  • Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

You can request your transcript and diploma here.

The international credential is called the District of Columbia High School Equivalency Diploma.

The Electronic Diploma and Transcript you automatically receive include Blue Ribbon Security, which means they are verified electronically whenever they are opened. These PDF documents are very valuable since you can forwarded them to employers and universities that accept electronic credentials. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered. Electronic verification is a quick, easy, and secure way for you to share your documents with universities and employers

Third Party Document Verification

A printed diploma or transcript verification can be ordered by employers or universities. The instructions are found here

Some institutions and governments require a high school graduate to obtain an official Apostille authentication. In most cases, the electronic or third-party verification services provided by GED Testing Service and Parchment are sufficient. However, if they are not, GED Testing Service can prepare the affidavit for Apostille on your behalf and mail it to the Office of Minnesota Secretary of State, for them to Apostille your transcript. They will mail it directly to the address you provided via UPS International. If you wish to pursue the Apostille authentication, please follow these steps:

  • Call the Call Center to make the $75 payment for Apostille. Please make a note of the payment order number provided to you
  • Email requesting Apostille. Include the payment order number, attach a copy of your Transcript and the address where you want Apostille mailed

As of February 7, 2019 paper diplomas and transcripts are no longer sent via local post. This delivery option was highly unreliable and a large percentage of documents never arrived at their destination, or were badly damaged. Students continue to receive free electronic diplomas and transcripts. For those needing paper copies, they may be ordered via the FedEx delivery method. FedEx offers fast, secure, and reliable delivery that can be tracked every step of the way through their website.


Yes, you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

No, in Other Countries you can only take the test in English.

If your test is canceled or interrupted due to load-shedding you will be emailed with an case number. After you receive your number, please contact the call center to reschedule for free. The call center can be reached via chat (upper right hand corner), via email at, or by phone at 00+44 (0) 161-855-7440.