The annual Matric Exams, also known as the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations, are a major annual event on the calendars of the general public and the Department of Education.

It is not just about the end of twelve years of formal schooling for Matric pupils, but it also gives the general public a good indication of how healthy or unhealthy the South African Education System is.


Be prepared

This is your big chance as a Matic pupil to reap the rewards for twelve years of hard and continuous work.  Therefore, make sure you start studying early, and make sure you are clear about which subject you write on which date.


Frequently Asked Questions

Matric Exams - It’s the Final Countdown

When will the final National Senior Certificate Examination take place?

  • It takes place from October – December of each year.


Must you be registered to write the annual final National Senior Certificate Examination?

  • Yes, you must register before 15 March of the year in which you will be writing your Matric Exams.  
  • Make sure that you register for all the subjects that you need to write exams for.


Who can write the National Senior Certificate Examination?

  • All the current Grade 12 learners.
  • Anyone who still has a valid School-based Evaluation may also register as a part-time candidate for the NSC Examinations.
  • The School-based Evaluation is only valid for 3 years from the date that the candidate first wrote the NSC Exams.


What are the minimum requirements for a candidate to be able to get a National Senior Certificate?

  • Must have 40% in 3 subjects, including an official Home Language level,  30% in 3 subjects.
  • Provide complete proof in the SBA component in the subjects offered.


Who is Umalusi?

  • Umalusi is the organisation that is responsible for the quality assurance of the evaluation in the Grade 12-year (Matric year).
  • Umalusi  then issues the National Senior Certificates to successful candidates who passed the Matric Exams.


Where can I get a Matric Examination Time Table for 2018?


  • Please click here a complete Matric Examination Time Table.


Please note:

If you need more information regarding the Matric Exams, please click here.


Last Updated: 12 July, 2018