The Matric Results Are Coming Out On 19 January 2023

The matric results are coming out on 19 January 2023, for the matric class of 2022

As the matric results are eagerly awaited by students all around South Africa, the Department of Education has announced that the 2022 Matric results will be available at exam centres, schools, and on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) website on January 19, 2023.

Below, we have compiled a list of dates when Matric results were released in South Africa: 

  • 2022: 20 January 2023
  • 2021: 21 January 2022
  • 2020: 23 February 2021
  • 2019: 04 January 2020
  • 2018: 05 January 2019
  • 2017: 04 January 2018 
  • 2016: 05 January 2017

How To Check Old Matric Results Online

  • Step 1: Visit the Department of Basic Education (DBE) website.
  • Step 2: Select the quick link for the exam results.
  • Step 3: Insert your examination numbers.
  • Step 4: You might need to provide more personal information.
  • Step 5: Click the search button and your Matric results will appear.

What Time Will Matric Results 2022 Be Released?

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has announced that the Matric results release date for 2023 is the 20th of January. It is expected that the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will announce the outcome of the final exam at 18:00, on the 19th of January 2023 in a media briefing. 

What Time Will Angie Announce Matric Results?

The Minister of Basic Education of South Africa, Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the Matric results for the class of 2022 on Thursday 19 January 2023.

Students will only be able to get their results from their schools and exam centres the next day. So you can get your personal results on Friday 20 January, from your school or exam centre.

Here are the important dates for the Matric Results:

  • 19 January 2023 – Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the results of the Matric Class of 2022
  • 20 January 2023 – Grade 12 final exam Statements of Results available at your school or exam centre
  • 3 February 2023 – Last day for students to apply for remarking or rechecking of examination papers. If you are not happy with your matric results, this is a critical date!
  • 8 February 2023 – Last day to register for the 2023 May/June examinations. Also a critical date if you want to improve your matric results by rewriting a subject in the May/ June 2023 exams sitting!
  • 15 March 2023 – Last day to register for the 2023 October/November examinations.

How To Get Your Matric Results Via SMS 2022

  • Send your ID number and exam number via SMS to 35658.
  • Both numbers must have 13 digits to be accepted, and there is a once-off cost of R3 to register.
  • Once registration is completed, results will be delivered by SMS when they are released.
  • Please note that the SMS will cost you R1.50 
  • You will receive your Matric results once they are available 

Use the USSD service by dialling *120*35658#.

  • After answering multiple questions, enter your ID number.
  • You’ll receive your results per subject after you have completed the process. 
  • You’ll have the option to opt in or out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act.
  • USSD rates apply.

Watch The Principal Of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst, Answer All Your Questions About Your Matric Results

Will Matric Results Be Published In Newspapers?

Yes, Matric results will also be published in newspapers, just as they are yearly. Newspapers usually run out quickly, which means you buy them as soon as they are published. 

Below is a list of some of the newspapers that publish Matric results. Please note that each province has a different newspaper: 

  • The Rapport
  • The Argus
  • The Star

Will My Name Appear In The Newspaper?

No, your name will not appear in the newspaper. In fact, all of your personal information will be protected. This is due to the (POPI) Protection of Personal Information Act also known as the POPIA Act.

The only information that will appear in the newspaper is your examination number. This number is only provided to you (Matric student) before the final examination. You are the only person that will have access to your examination number, which in turn, people will not have.

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Not Posting Some Matric Results: Decided By The DBE (Department of Basic Education)

New information regarding Matric results being published was released by the DBE (Department of Basic Education). 

The Department of Basic Education has decided to only publish some Matric results. This means you can now decide whether you would like to have your results published in the newspaper or not.

Forms were sent out to the class of 2022, to give their consent to publish their results online and in newspapers.

Here is what Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson of Education has to say:

“We received a lot of responses, and we are currently processing that, and that’s why we are working throughout December to make sure that by the time the results are released by the Minister on 19 January everything has been done and this is the first time it is happening, so there is a lot of work to be done.”

He further mentions that the department will not publish Matric students’ results if written permission is not given by the Matric students.

How Can I Get My 2022 Matric Results?

You can get your Matric results at the school or exam centre where you completed your Matric final exams. Visit them and ask for your Matric results.

Can I Check My Matric Results With My ID Number?

Your Matric results can be obtained using your Identity Document (ID) in the following ways:

  • On your smartphone, open the Apple Play Store or Google Play Store
  • Download the Matricsmate app  
  • Enter your ID number and exam number as requested 
  • You will be able to access your Matric results once they are released

How To Check Matric Results Online

You can check out your Matric results online through the Department of Basic Education (DBE) website this way: 

  1. Visit the website of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) 
  2. From the menu, click “Exam results” 
  3. Click on the NSC exam results button 
  4. Your exam number will be needed
  5. In case more information is needed, please provide it
  6. To begin searching, click the search button 
  7. As soon as the results are available, you will see them

Watch The Principal Of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst, Discuss Admission Point Scores (APS)

How Can I Get My Matric Results In 2022 By SMS?

  • Using your smartphone, open the SMS section (SMS costs R3.00)
  • In the SMS, write your examination number
  • Send your exam number to 35658 (note that this number may change at any time).
  • SMS fees are R3.00 (fees are subject to change).
  • Once your Matric results are available, they will be sent to you

How Can I Get My Matric Results On My Phone?

  • Open the dial pad in your smartphone
  • Enter *120*35659# (codes are subject to change) 
  • Please enter your personal information

You will be able to access your Matric results once you have filled out the required information

Watch The Principal Of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst, Speak About National And Provincial Results

Independent Examination Board (IEB) Results

The Independent Examination Board (IEB) is an assessment agency in South Africa. They offer exams to different academic institutions, mostly private schools. For students who wrote final exams set by the IEB, you will receive your Matric results from the IEB. This is how you can get your IEB results:

  • Online
  • SMS 
  • School


You can register to get your results on the IEB website. Here is how you can complete this process: 

  • Provide your exam number and date of birth as requested 
  • After registration of your details, You will be able to see your results


Below are the steps to follow to get your Matric Results on your phone via SMS.

  • Open the SMS menu on your mobile device
  • Type in your exam number and date of birth in the format: yyyy/mm/dd
  • Send an SMS to the code: 35135 (Note that the SMS code is subject to change)
  • You will receive confirmation that your registration has been approved
  • Your Matric results will be sent to you as soon as they are available


To send the above SMS costs R3.00 (This fee is subject to change)

Watch The Principal Of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst Explain How You Can Access Your Matric Results Through SMS


Your Matric results are available at the school where you wrote your Matric final examination. Please contact your school to hear when you can collect your Matric results

Please note that you can use your Matric results to study through Matric College. We have a variety of courses that you can study, whether you failed or passed your Matric.

Do Matric Results Expire?

No, Matric results do not expire.

You will get your Matric results in the form of a statement of results and a Matric Certificate.

While the statement of results is temporary and expires, the Matric results that you obtained, and your Matric Certificate are permanent. It will always be valid.

How Many Subjects Do I Need To Pass Matric?

In High School, you need seven subjects to study Matric. To pass Matric, you must pass all seven subjects or six subjects. Please note that you are allowed to fail one subject and still pass Matric. However, this subject should not be your Home Language.

What Happens If I Fail Two Subjects In Matric?

If you fail two subjects in Matric, you fail the class. In this case, you have to apply for a rewriting course to rewrite your final examination. You can apply for the Rewrite Matric Course through Matric College. 

The Rewrite Matric Course allows you to rewrite a minimum of four subjects. We also provide you with our tutors and study material to assist you in the course. In this course, you simply study and prepare for the final exam

When you pass the final exam, you receive a Matric Qualification that is issued by Umalusi.

What Happens If I Fail A Rewrite?

If you fail the rewrite exam, you get another chance to rewrite. At Matric College, you can rewrite as many times as you can. However, we ensure that you have enough resources to pass the rewrite exam when you write it the first time. These resources include: 

You can further your studies at Matric College today.

We have courses for students who do not have Matric, failed or passed Matric. You can study courses that help you obtain skills and knowledge that are needed to gain employment or start your own business.

Frequently Asked Questions

The requirements for a Bachelors pass are:

  • 40% in your Home Language subject
  • 50% in four other subjects
  • 30% in two other subjects

Yes, you can check your Matric results online. You can visit the Department of Educations Matric results page to see your results. All you will need to do is enter your examination number and other personal details, select search and your Matric results will come up.

You will receive a Matric distinction when you pass one or more subjects with an 80% or more.

The four Matric pass levels are:

  • National Senior Certificate
  • Higher Certificate
  • DiplomaBachelors Degree Pass

If you fail your matric, you will be able to apply for one of our adult matric courses.

The final exam will account for 75% of your overall grade.

Yes, you are going to be able to access your Matric results on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) website.

The National Senior Certificate is issued by Umalusi.

Yes, the Matric results are going to be published to the newspaper. Students are going to need to sign a consent form that grants permission for their Matric results to be published in newspapers and other social media platforms.

No, you could still pass if you failed Maths.

The highest Matric pass level you can achieve is a Bachelor’s Degree Pass.

You are going to need a total APS score of 23 to achieve a Bachelor’s level pass.

An AP score of 18 is a Diploma pass, you are going to be able to apply for admission at a College or University.

The requirements for a Diploma pass are:

  • 40% – in Home Language
  • 40% – in four other subjects
  • 30% – in two other subjects

You can apply for our Matric Upgrade or Matric Rewrite courses. These courses are intended to give you the chance to better the grades you received.

Yes, Matric is the same as Grade 12. They both refer to your final year of High School.

An A symbol means you did exceptionally well. This a grading system, you achieve an A symbol when you earn between 80% and 100% for a subject.

The pass mark for English is 40%. You will need to achieve at least 40% to pass English.

The Western Cape pass rate is an impressive 81.4%

Overall, the class of 2022 achieved a 80.1% pass rate.

Matric certificates will be available at your High School on the 20th of January 2023.

No, you cannot. To pass your Matric you need to pass six out for your seven subjects.

The lowest Matric pass level is a National Senior Certificate pass.

You will be able to study a NATED or ICB course with a National Senior Certificate pass.

An AP score of 15 is a Higher Certificate pass. You will be able to study any ICB or NATED course.

The highest AP score is 42.

The lowest AP score is 14

Yes, 70% is a good grade. Earning a 70% is a B symbol and it means you earned a meritorious mark.

You could earn up to seven distinctions in Matric.

Your final exam counts for 75% of your final mark.

Yes, you will be able to apply for NATED and ICB courses regardless of your pass marks.

The province with the highest Matric pass rate is Free State. They had an impressive 88.5% pass rate.

The province with the lowest Matric pass rate is Limpopo with a pass rate of 72.1%.

Yes, you can study Matric from your home if you apply for an Adult Matric course. You will be writing the final exam at a registered exam venues.

You are going to apply with your Grade 11 final marks and your Grade 12 June results.

Yes, you can apply for a Matric Upgrade Course to improve your results.

An NQF level 7 qualification is a Bachelors Degree or Advanced Diploma.

The 999 on your Matric certificate is a code that indicates you were absent.

A good AP score is 35 points or more.

We will not limit the amount of subjects you rewrite. You could either rewrite all your subjects or just a few subjects.

The Matric Rewrite exams will be happening during the May/June exam period.

No, it will not. It is not going to be possible for you to complete the Matric Upgrade course in 3 months. It is going to take you at least 1 year to complete.

You can upgrade as many subjects as you would like to. We will not limit the amount of subjects you can upgrade.

Yes, you can. You can upgrade your results regardless of the marks you achieved in Matric.

The supplementary exam may be taken as many times as necessary until the age of 21.

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Editor: Stacey Christian
Date Published: January 2, 2023