Writing your Matric Supplementary Exams

The Matric exams are now out and amongst the joy felt by many, some will be unhappy over not passing their exams. For those who failed less than three of their exams there are the supplementary exams to write. For those who failed more than three, you will have to write the full Matric exams again. This time though you will be better prepared and should get a higher mark.

When you received your Matric results you should have also received an advisory slip. This will tell you whether or not you qualify for supplementary exams. It will also advise you which Education District office you must register at.

The Department of Basic Education has advised pupils planning to write supplementary matric exams to register in time and show up with the proper identification. Candidates who have failed two or more subjects qualify for supplementary exams. For more info, click here. The dates for these are not set yet. Candidates will be required to register at their education district office with their ID, exam results and exam number. The department has advised candidates to prepare adequately, using the latest study notes. It also recommends a study routine to help with revision, and that pupils develop and use revision which assists in the understanding of content.

How do I register for supplementary examinations?

  • Candidates who qualify for a supplementary examination can register at the centres where they sat for the examination immediately after receiving their results.
  • The closing date for application for the supplementary examination is 26 January 2015.

Where can I access the NSC supplementary timetable?

If candidates meet the requirements, they should begin their preparations immediately. The timetable is not available yet

The Department has also made available the NSC past examination papers and study guides, and Provincial Education Departments will be offering support programmes, where feasible.

Once you have done that, you must study harder than you did before to pass this second chance.

What can I do if I do not qualify to write the supplementary examination?

  • Those who have not succeeded in their examinations and who do not qualify for the supplementary examination must re-enrol at a school without delay, as long as they meet the age requirement (which is under 21years of age);
  • This will give them a second chance at writing their Grade 12 NSC. With additional effort, they will succeed;
  • Grade 12 learners, who failed and who are over 21, should register as part-time candidates or enrol at Adult Education Centres. Participation in programmes at these centres is free and is available for young people and adults who have not completed their formal schooling
  • In addition, they could explore other vocational options. There are 50 public Further Education and Training Colleges spread across all provinces of South Africa comprising of over 300 campuses or teaching sites. Public Further Education and Training (FET) colleges offer vocational training courses and qualifications at various levels of study for learners who have a Grade 9 pass/certificate, an NQF level 1 qualification or a Grade 12 certificate; and
  • FET Colleges also offer courses (the NATED or 'N' Courses) which when, combined with practical work, lead to a qualification as an artisan in a wide variety of fields.


Page last updated: 07 January 2015