Here's What Matrics Are Writing This Week

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The countdown is finally over for more than 900 000 matric learners who are now writing their final school exams. Here’s which matric examinations learners will write this week. 


Grade 12 learners around the country will today begin their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. Several subjects will be written during the first week of final matric exams including languages, mathematics and several other subjects. 

Monday 31 October 2023 will serve as the first day of the seven week examination period. Learners can download the full 2023 matric exam timetable on the Careers Portal. 

Here’s What Matrics are Writing This Week 

Monday, 27 November 2023 

Learners will commence the fifth week with their IsiZulu, isXhosa, Siswati and isiNdebele Paper 3.  

The afternoon session will see learners write their Agricultural Science Paper 2 or their Nautical Science Paper 2

Tuesday, 28 November 2023

Sepidi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xistonga, Tshivenda Paper 23will be the first thing on the agenda on Tuesday morning. Learners will write Home Language, First Additional Language and Second Additional Language Paper 3. South African Sign Language Home Language Paper 3 will also be written on Tuesday morning. 

The afternoon session will see learners exercise their knowledge on Mechanical Technology or Sports and Exercise Science. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Wednesday morning leaners will need to bring an extra pen as they write their English Paper 3. 

The afternoon session will see learners write their Religion Studies Paper 2 and Marine Science Paper 2.

Thursday, 30 November 2023

Consumer Studies and Hospitality Studies will be on the agenda on Thursday morning.

The afternoon session will see learners write their Design exam. 

Friday, 1 December 2023

Afrikaans Paper 3 will be the first examination written in December 2023. 

The afternoon session will see learners write their Agricultural Management Practices exam. 


The NSC examinations are crucial in the lives of South African students, as these results can significantly impact their future prospects. It's a time for them to showcase their knowledge, dedication, and resilience as they strive to excel in their chosen subjects.

Careers Portal wishes all matric learners the best of luck as they tackle this week's exams and take the first steps towards their academic and professional futures. Stay tuned for more updates on the NSC exams. 

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After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a multitude of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even considering entrepreneurial ventures, each offering unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.

You've probably been contemplating the next chapter of your life all throughout the year asking yourself, 'what am I going to study after I finish completing my matric certificate exams?', 'am I going to study? What else can I do when I pass'? Well, we can help.


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