Class of 2019: Here’s how to get your matric results

January 3, 2020
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January 3, 2020 Tumelo Moloi

Matric exam results will be released on 7 January 2020.

Here are four ways you can get your matric results as soon as they are released.

1. Cellphone

Class of 2019 can register and receive their matric results via SMS and USSD. Registered learners will receive their results message via SMS, and will then be able to view their results per subject by dialling *120*35658#. There is still time to register, and learners have until 31 January 2020 to get their official results.

2. The newspaper

This is the most convenient way to receive your matric results. The downside? Newspapers might be sold out as soon as they hit the streets on the day. How they’ll appear on the paper is that your exam number will be followed by your surname and initials with either a B for bachelor’s degree or D for diploma. This will help you see what options are available to you at university.

3. The high school you attended

The high school receives statements of learners’ results two days after the release date. This is not your official matric certificate. The certificate will only be available in a few months.

4. Online

The department of basic education will enable matric learners to access their results after they’re released. Matrics need their exam number, home language, and their personal details. The Independent Examinations Board will have their results on their website as well.

Different matric passes and what they mean

Bachelor’s pass 

A bachelor’s pass means you can apply for a degree course at a university or university of technology and may study for a higher certificate, diploma or bachelor’s degree.

To achieve a  bachelor’s pass, you must:  

  • Pass six of the seven subjects offered, of which four subjects must be at least a 50% (level 4) achievement;
  • This includes a home language 40% compulsory pass and excludes life orientation;
  • Get a 30% pass in the language of learning and teaching (LOLT);
  • The Department of Basic Education has revoked the list of designated subjects with effect from September 2018; and
  • The minimum admission requirements for a bachelor’s degree programme remain the same, namely, a NSC with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution (HEI), coupled with an achievements rating of 4 (50-59%) or better in any four NSC subject, except life orientation.

Diploma pass 

A diploma pass requires 40% in four higher credit subjects, 30% in three lower credit subjects, and you may fail one subject. With this pass, you can enrol for a bridging course at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college or a diploma course at a university of technology.

To receive a diploma pass, you must: 

  • Pass six of the seven subjects offered, of which four subjects must be at least a 40% (level 3) achievement
  • The subjects include a home language 40% compulsory pass and excludes life orientation; and
  • Requires a 30% pass in the language of learning and teaching (LOLT).

Certificate pass 

A matric certificate pass requires a 40% pass in your home language, two subjects above 40%, four subjects above 30% and you may fail one subject. This pass allows you to study for a higher certificate. 

If unsuccessful in a matric pass 

If you were unsuccessful in passing, your journey is not over and there are many other options you can consider.

If you need support, the Basic Education Department provides counselling and support on their toll-free line at 0800 45 46 47. 

Supplementary exams 

You could also consider rewriting your matric exam. This is known as the supplementary exam. You qualify to rewrite if you’ve failed 2 or more subjects.  

Only candidates who were registered for and wrote the November 2019 NSC examination, may apply to write a supplementary exam.

2019 Grade 12 pupils may register to write the examination if:

  • They failed to meet the requirements in the November examination;
  • They passed but seek to improve their performance; or
  • They were absent from the writing of one or more question papers due to ill-health or other unforeseen circumstances.

Application forms will be available at schools offering the NSC, as well as at district offices. 

The closing date for NSC May/June 2020 supplementary examination applications is 31 January 2020.

What if I want to have my papers remarked?

To have your matric paper remarked, you would need to have failed 1 or more subjects in the National Senior Certificate/ABET Level 4 Examinations. However, if you passed, you may qualify after writing a letter of motivation. 

Applications for remarking or rechecking close on the 22 January 2020. No late applications will be accepted and the applications MUST be done online at

The cost for remarking is R112 per subject, re-checking is R27 per subject, and viewing of scripts (only after re-marking and re-checking) is R219.  

Once you have received your results, after re-checking and re-marking, you may apply to view your matric answer script.


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