Can I Rewrite My Matric After 5 Years?


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Do you want to improve your matric marks by rewriting but you're unsure whether you can still rewrite after 5 years? Well we are here to clear up any confusion you may have. 


If you are unsatisfied with your final matric results and you wish to rewrite certain subjects or improve on your result altogether then you can. 

After you have received your matric results and you realize that you're unhappy with them, you can apply for the second national matric examinations, which was previously known as the supplementary exams.

So can you apply for this matric rewrite if you have been out of high school for 5 years? 

The answer is yes you can re-enroll in high school for your matric year and write the final exam as you previously did, but only if you have been out of high school for up to 5 years. 

If you have been out of school for more than 5 years and you wish to write the matric exam then you can apply for the Amended Senior Certificate (SC), which is equivalent to the National Senior Certificate (NSC). 

The only difference between the NSC and the SC is that the NSC many you have completed matric through school assessments and exams but, the SC is only requires you to successfully complete the matric exams. 

While the supplementary exams are viewed as your second chance to complete matric and receive your NSC, if you happen to fail these exams then it does not mean you will never be able to get a matric qualification. You can apply to rewrite your matric year again, though you would have to wait slightly longer to achieve your academic goals.

There are resources and initiatives such as Adult Matric and Matric Upgrade for those who do not succeed in the second chance exams. 

The Department of Basic Education facilitates Matric rewrites through the Second Chance Matric Programme. The Programme provides support for NSC Supplementary Exams, NSC Progressed Learners, Amended Senior Certificate and Part-time NSC Candidates.

View the DBE website for more information on the Second Chance Matric Programme and Matric rewrites. 



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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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