Use Past Papers To Ace Your Matric Exams


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Aiming to do well in the final matric exams can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. This is why past papers exist, and when used correctly, can play a big role in helping you do well in your exams. 


Matric exam past papers contain topics that are examined regularly. They’re a good way to understand the exam format, as well as the type of answers that will be expected from you. 

How to use past papers

Past papers are available on the Department of Basic Education website, as well as the Careers Portal website. You can download and print the past papers, or access them electronically on your phone, tablet or laptop/computer.

Make sure that you have access to the answer script for each past paper you complete. Don’t look at the answer sheet until you’ve completed the past paper within the allocated time that would apply under normal exam conditions.
Once you’ve completed the exam, use the answer script to mark your paper, or ask someone else to mark your paper (as a teacher/moderator would).

Once your paper has been marked, add up the total marks to get the grade that you scored. 

What to do once you have your results

Your results from the mock exam can serve as an indication of how well you understand the exam content. Take a look at the marks you scored for each section in the paper. 

Sections where you scored higher marks and provided answers that best reflect the answer script are likely to be sections that you understand and have the potential to score well in once you write the formal exam.

On the other hand, there will be sections where your marks are low, as the answers you provided could stray far from the answers on the exam script. 

This means you have to work on brushing up your knowledge on these sections. You can do this by making use of the following tips: 


The process of revision requires going over topics you’ve covered before. This is a good way to jog your memory and identify any areas you might need to pay attention to more than others. 

Group study sessions 

Host virtual or physical group study sessions with your peers. You can use study sessions to better educate one another.

For instance, if you know a section well, teach it to someone else who doesn’t have a good understanding of it and they can do the same with a section they know well. This knowledge trade can be beneficial in the long-run.

Study to understand

Study to understand concepts instead of studying to simply repeat them. When you understand a topic, you are more likely to understand how to apply it even outside of the textbook scenario. 

Part of studying to understand includes knowing how to study. Make sure to explore study methods in order to find the right one for you. Try out some well-known or even unconventional study methods, and before you know it, you could be well on your way to acing your exams. 

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Finding a study technique that works for you takes trial and error. If you’ve gone through most of your school career without finding a study technique, you might want to buckle down on at least one before you take your matric exams. 



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