Yes you can register for Adult Matric if you are 19 years old.
But keep in mind the following rule:
- You can only write your first adult matric exam when you are 21 years old
- You need your school report from Grade 9 to accepted onto the Adult Matric programme
How long will it take me to complete my Adult Matric?
Both the school matric and the Adult Matric are three year programmes.
The matric exam covers everything you have studied in Grade 10, 11 and 12. So matric is actually a three year, full-time qualification.
In 2023 the Department of Basic Education plans to introduce a “school-leaving” exam and certificate at the end of Grade 9. That will make it even more clear that students need to think of matric as a three year course. And they need to carefully think about their subject choices before they start Grade 10.
In the Adult Matric you will do six subjects. And you will write one exam for each subject. The marks you get in your exam will be your final mark. So there is no “class mark” or “school mark” that forms part of your final results.
If you did not do that well at school, then this helps you, because your school results do not form part of your final adult matric results.
Three years of study
If you approach your adult matric course as a three year programme, then you can give yourself a year or more of study time before attempting your first exam. You can also spread your exams out, so that you do not write all six subject exams in one year.
Here is a typical plan for someone who is now 19 years old, and who turns 20 before May next Write your first exams in May year: