FAQs on Matric Examinations

The  National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations commonly referred to as “matric” has become an annual event of major public significance.

 

FAQs on Matric Examinations

 

When will the final National Senior Certificate examination be conducted?

From October to December of each year.

Must a learner register to write the final National Senior Certificate examination?

Yes, before 15 March of the year that a learner will sit for the final examination. All subjects to be written, including those from approved assessment bodies must be registered.

Who is eligible to write the National Senior Certificate examination?

Current Grade 12 learners

Anyone whose School-based Assessment validity has not expired may register as a part-time candidate for the NSC examinations. The School-based Assessment validity expires after 3 years from the date the candidate first wrote the NSC exams.

What are the minimum requirements for a candidate to obtain a National Senior Certificate?

The minimum requirements are:

Achieve 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level and 30% in three subjects.

Provide full evidence in the SBA component in the subjects offered

What is the role of Umalusi?

Umalusi is responsible for the quality assurance of assessment in the Grade 12-year and issues the National Senior Certificate to successful candidates.

Is there a second chance for National Senior Certificate candidates who have failed the final examination?

A supplementary examination may be granted to an unsuccessful National Senior Certificate candidate, provided they meet specific criteria. 

Conditions for entry as per the regulations governing the supplementary examination

If a candidate has not met the minimum promotion and certification requirements in the final external examination, but requires a maximum of two subjects to obtain the National Senior Certificate, he or she may register for a maximum of two subjects for the supplementary examination in the year following the final external examination. These two subjects must be subjects that the candidate sat for in the previous end-of-year examination.

If a candidate is medically unfit and, as a result, was absent from one or more external examinations, he or she may register for the supplementary examination.

If there is a death in the immediate family of a candidate, or other special reasons for the candidate’s absence, he or she may register for the supplementary examination.

A candidate who provides documentary evidence that he or she qualifies for admission to a higher education institution or for an occupation, but does not satisfy the higher education faculty requirements or the requirements for the specific occupation, as well as a candidate who is one requirement short in meeting the minimum admission requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s degree programmes, may be allowed to register for a maximum of two subjects.

In a case where an irregularity is being investigated, provisional enrolment for supplementary examination may be granted to the candidate concerned, pending the outcome of the investigation.

A candidate who was unable to write or complete one or more of the National Senior Certificate examination question papers for reasons other than illness or injury may apply to write the supplementary examination, provided that a written report is submitted by the principal of the school to the Head of the assessment body.

NB: Documentary proof substantiating reason for absenteeism must be submitted at the centre of registration to ensure entry to the supplementary examination.

What can I do if I do not qualify to write the supplementary examination?

Candidates, who do not qualify to write the supplementary examination, have the following options:

Re-enrol for the NSC as a full-time repeater candidate at a school without delay, provided that the candidate is younger than 21 years of age.

Register as a part-time repeater candidate at a Public Adult Education Centre.

Register for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination which is a school leaving qualification for adults and out-of school learners, provided the validity of the candidate's SBA has expired.

Alternatively, candidates that were not successful in their examinations could consider vocational education and training. There are 50 Public Further Education and Training (FET) colleges across all provinces of South Africa comprising over 300 campuses or teaching sites.

Remarking, rechecking and viewing

Candidates may apply for re-checking or re-marking of examination answer scripts immediately after receiving their results. The closing date for application for a re-check or re-mark is usually announced in January. Application forms for re-checking or re-marking of examination answer scripts are available from schools or examination centres. 

A candidate may apply at the prescribed fee for the re-mark/re-check of his/her examination scripts. Registration can be done at either the school or district office in the province (all instructions appear on the reverse side of the Statement of Results).

Fees for re-marking and re-checking per subject:

Re-mark : R98.00
Re-check : R23.00

Viewing of scripts may only be done after a re-mark or re-check of results. The closing date for applications is 7 days after release of re-mark or re-check results. The fee for viewing is R192.00

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