Matric Exam Dates

Latest News: Umalusi Approves Matric Results On Friday (29 December 2017) the Umalusi council approved the results for the Matric Class of 2017. For the first time in many years, there...

Latest News: Umalusi Approves Matric Results

On Friday (29 December 2017) the Umalusi council approved the results for the Matric Class of 2017. For the first time in many years, there were not leaked papers.

Umalusi says that the quality of student answers has improved. And that marks has increased overall. So here is to a better result that you might expect!

Watch the Umalusi announcement on YouTube

Matric results 2017

Matric Results 2017 will be officially released by the Minister of Education on the 4th of January 2018. Students will be able to get their results at their schools, or at the centres where they wrote their exams; on 5 January 2018.

The release dates are as follows:

National Senior Certificate: 4 January 2018

The Independant Examination Board (IEB) Exams: 3 January 2018

Matric Results 2017

Get your Matric Results 2017 on 5 January 2018

Obtaining your matric results

Department of Basic Education

One of the first ways to obtain your results is to log onto the Department of Basic Education’s website below. If you attended a public/government school, then your results will definitely be available on this site.

You will need the following to log in:

  • Exam number
  • Home Language
  • Your personal details (name, surname, etc.)

Provincial Departments of Education


You might also find your results on the website of the Department of Education of your province.

Northern Cape

Eastern Cape

Free State

Western Cape


North West




Your Cellphone


Follow these steps to sign up for the service:

  • SMS your exam number and ID number to 35658
  • There is a once-off cost of R3 when you register
  • As soon as the Department releases the results – you will get your results via sms immediately

Make a Call


Dial 082 152 for your results.

The Newspaper

Matric Exam Dates

It will be in all of the big Newspaper brands for example:

  • The Rapport
  • The Argus
  • The Star
  • And online at

Your High School

Two days after the initial results are released, your school will give you your results. (Note: This isn’t your official matric certificate)

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What to do if you have failed Matric

The first step that you need to take is to determine why you failed your exams. Think about it and be extremely honest with yourself. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I go out on the town or sit around watching TV when I should have been studying?
  • Did I think I was too cool  to study and now I regret it?
  • Did I study hard enough?
  • Did I participate in class throughout the year or did I try to make up everything at the end of the year?
  • Did I think it was going to be easy and I didn’t put the effort in?
  • Did I become frustrated and give up?
  • Was I too sick to write my exams or was there a personal crisis in my life that prevented me from finishing?

Once you have figured out the reason that you failed you can move onto the next step.

What Are My Next Steps?

Now that you have figured out where you went wrong you can take steps to improve your situation. This process is not difficult but it does take a lot of time to do this. So what are your options?

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Get Your Papers Remarked


You could apply to have your papers remarked.  Remarking is expensive so it’s only recommended if you honestly feel you did better than the mark you got. This means that you will not rewrite your exam but you will ask that it gets marked again. Also be sure to check your local newspapers for the re-marking deadline date and fees.  Students from no-fee schools may not have to pay application fees.

Write A Supplementary Exam


If you have failed less than 3 subjects, you may apply to write supplementary exams.  Deadline date to apply is usually near the end of January. Supplementary exams are FREE! 

If you need more information you can get hold of the Department of Education via their website 

Email: [email protected]  

Or phone them on 0800 202 933.

Go Back To School


Not everybody gets to write Matric, and of those that do write Matric over 50% fail. You are not alone. If you absolutely have to get a Matric the only way to do that is to go back to school. You can approach your nearest high school and talk to the principal to find out what options they can offer you. You can also register for an ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) course ABET courses give you a Matric equivalent qualification or courses to study without matric.

Repeat The Year


If you feel that re-doing your Matric will help you in the long run, then you will need to repeat the year. Talk to the principal of your school to find out how to do this. This way you can rewrite your exams next year and if you have correctly identified why you failed in the first place, you can pass your exams the second time around or you can apply for courses to study without matric.

Register For an Adult Based Education and Training Course


If you missed out on your opportunity to get a Matric Certificate, then there are many other courses to study without matric. Some of them are promoted as “Matric Equivalent” qualifications. So before you sign up for a Matric Equivalent Qualification, you must make sure you understand how such a qualification compares to a Matric Certificate. There are many institutions that can offer a quality curriculum and assessment in accordance with the regulations of the government. These institutions need to be registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and students need to meet the entrance requirements of the institution.  Contact Umalusi here: to find out which Adult Based Education and Training Institution is best for you.

Register For A Course That Does Not Need A Matric


If you feel like this will take too long, you might be wondering if you can study a course that does not need a Matric. Yes! You can! There is a wide selection of courses to study without matric. If you are over the age of 16, can read and write in English,  and you have a Grade 10 or Grade 11 certificate then you can register for one of these great courses with Skills Academy and start your courses to study without matric immediately.

Last updated: January 25, 2018

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