Matric

Matric Equivalency and High School Graduation: (Fully recognised and accredited in South Africa)

Instead of grade 10, 11 or 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 10-12 and we have condensed that into 2 years of study. We offer GED Level 1 (a grade 10 and half of grade 11 replacement) and GED Level 2 (a half of grade 11 and 12 replacement). This makes a total of 11 years studying, instead of 12 years. At the end of successfully completing GED Level 2 with us, students will be sufficiently prepared to write their GED final exams.

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 States, 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. All fifty states in the United States officially offer the GED exams and 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 GED?

 

NCS(South African matric)

 

 

GED(US based high school equivalency certificate)

 

 
Recognized in South Africa
Recognized Internationally
Future Prospects
Declining Standards
Stable standard/not deteriorating
Established in 1942 

 
 
More than 17 million issued, written in more than 3400 exam centres worldwide
 
Issued by Dept. of Education
Issued by all 50 US States in USA
Exam venues
At approved high schools/lack of clarity
Johannesburg & Cape Town
Required Subjects
7(Eng, Afr, Maths, LO, +3 of your choice)
5 (Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics)
Subject description
An in depth study of certain academic content
Provides the learner with a broad general overview of these subjects
Minimum age
Uncertain
17
Eligibility
Must pass grade 11 at school
Can be taken once student has reached required academic level and is ready!
Maths level
In depth study of theories
Comprehensive overview
Tertiary Acceptance
South Africa, poor international recognition
Accepted by 98% of all US colleges and universities
General Comment
Includes much work that is unnecessary and is not required in the “real world”
Includes the necessities required for farther study and the workplace and leaves out much of what is unnecessary such as Shakespeare!
Level
 
More practical and not as difficult as NCS

 
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The Background:

Many students are not cut out to fit into the “matric 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 matric is a stepping stone to a tertiary qualification, whether it be at a university or a college.

Amazingly, South Africa has no 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 Maths or Science. They end up dropping out and becoming part of a “forgotten” community of ex students.

Even more bizarre is the fact that there is no standard Dept. of Education 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.

Puzzle

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 diplomas.

A past student of ours has kindly sent us copies of his certificate and transcript;

Transcript:
click-here
Certificate:
click-here

 
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How It Works:

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.

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 the GED Testing Service web site and locating the centre of your choice. To do that, click here.

N.B. To write the GED, you must be at least 17 years old. 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 of US $ 250. (This is the cost at the time of writing and final costs need to be verified. To verify this, click here.

How it Works

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.

 
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Renowned GED 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
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The GED Examination is divided into 5 exam subjects:

1. English Language Arts, Writing
2. English Language Arts, Reading
3. Science
4. Social Studies (History, Geography, Economics, Civics & Government)
5. Mathematics

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 about it.

With the exception of the essay part of the Writing Skills test, all of the questions in the GED Examination are multiple choice and are computer based. 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.

TIMETABLE OF HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY EXAMINATIONS
TOTAL: 7 HOURS, 15 MINUTES 

 
Section
Time Allowed
No of Test Items
Description
Test 1
Language Arts, Writing Part I
75 minutes
50
  • Organization 15%
  • Structure 30%
  • Usage 30%
  • Mechanics 25%
 
Language Arts, Writing Part II
45 minutes
1 essay
Essay on given topic approximately 250 words
Test 2
The Social Studies
80 minutes
50
  • World History (25%)
  • U.S. History (25%)
  • Civics and Government (50%)
  • Economics (20%)
  • Geography (15%)
Test 3
The Science Test
80 minutes
50
  • Life Science (45%)
  • Earth & Space (20%)
  • Science (20%)
  • Physical Science (35%)
Test 4
Language Arts, Reading
65 minutes
40
  • Literary Text (75%)
  • Nonfiction Prose (25%)
Test 5
The Mathematics Test
90 minutes
50
  • Number Operations and Number Sense (20-30%)
  • Measurement and Geometry (20-30%)
  • Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability (20-30%)
  • Algebra, Functions, and Patterns (20-30%)

 

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