IEB Life Orientation- Past Exam Papers, Memos and Study Material

IEB Life Orientation- Past Exam Papers, Memos and Study Material

Date Published: October 8, 2020

Every student in the IEB schooling system has to do Life Orientation. This is the subject that gives students the knowledge and tools to go through life with understanding transformation, sexuality and decision-making. 

The examinations for LO are often application-based, common assessments task, so it’s all about knowing and understanding the work that goes on in class! Here is a cheat-sheet put together by Matric College to help you ace your Life Orientation CAT.

Past Papers

Past papers are a great way to see how to go about your Life Orientation Common Assessment Task. The article or subject matter might be different, but the idea is all the same. 

Life orientation is all about understanding and applying all that you have learnt. It uses different skills that say English or mathematics might.

The only way you can get used to how questions may be asked in this specific subject area is to practise past papers. 

You can find all past IEB Life Orientation CAT’s here, from the years 2017-2019.


Memos are a great way to practise answering your Life Orientation questions. Not only will they show you where markers give the marks, but it’ll also teach you what is expected of you in the answers and how to ace your LO tasks!

Practise a past paper first and then mark it according to the memo, this way you can see what you’ve done wrong and train yourself to answer the questions accordingly. 

No matter the subject matter, if you understand what to say and how you’re getting marked, you’re one step closer to acing LO!

Have a look at the CAT memos from 2017-2019, here!

Tips and trick for passing Life Orientation.

If you’re looking to pass your Life Orientation examinations with flying colours, here’s what you need to know:

  • Understand the application: LO is all about application, use memos to understand how the theory needs to be applied to certain scenarios.
  • Ask questions: If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. It’s important to ask questions in class so that you fully understand all of your work! It will also help you in the exam!
  • Put in the work: Application is easy when you practise. But you have to practise it often and put in the work in order to understand it and succeed! 
  • Get extra help: If you need extra help, ask. Your teachers are there to help you if there is anything that you don’t understand! This will also really help you when it comes down to the CAT.

Author: Andrea Frisby 

Published: December 1, 2020


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