So You Think You Failed a Matric Subject: What Next?

The May/June 2020 Amended Senior Certificate (adult Matric) and National Senior Certificate examination scheduled to start on 4 May 2020 and conclude on 12 June 2020, has been postponed by the Department of Basic Education due to the restriction imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown.

The May/June examination will now be combined with the November 2020 examination.

Details regarding the combined June and November 2020 examination will be communicated to candidates in due course. Candidates are encouraged by the Department of Education to use this additional time to continue with their examination preparations. Find out more:

Your Options If You’ve Failed a Matric Subject

Passing Matric is essential; it is the culmination of twelve years of education, and a basic requirement to access tertiary education. Many employers are reluctant to hire those without a Matric certificate, and if you have failed a Matric subject, things may seem pretty bleak.

Fortunately, you may qualify for a supplementary examination (i.e. a Matric re-write), allowing you to have a second go at the subjects you failed. According to the Department of Basic Education website, you may qualify for a supplementary exam if you:

  • Were medically unfit on the day of the exam;
  • Do not meet admission requirements for Higher Education;
  • Experienced personal problems such as a death in the family; or
  • Failed a maximum of two subjects

If you meet these criteria, and want to register for a re-write, then contact the Department of Education, via your school.  The deadline to register for a supplementary exam is the end of January, but it is best to register as soon as possible after you receive your results. The supplementary examinations now take place in November of 2020. The 2020 dates have not yet been finalized so keep an eye on the media releases posted on the Department of Education website once the Matric results are released.

This is also an excellent time to consider tutoring, to assist you with those difficult sections of work and to help you cover all the material needed before you write your exam. By getting support systems in place well in advance of your Matric re-write, you will improve your chances of improving your marks and passing your subject. It is important to know, however, that it is also up to you to pass, so start observing good study habits: make up a timetable; give yourself a good, clean, well-lit study area, away from the hustle and bustle of the house.

Get in touch with us soon (don’t wait until the last minute) and we’ll get you set up with a tutor who will be there with you every step of the way. We want to see you succeed, and assist you in achieving the marks that you want to get!


Written by Conor Engelbrecht, Maths & Science Tutor

4 replies
  1. Tumi
    Tumi says:

    Hi my brother is writing supplementary matric exam on the following subjects Maths, Science and Afrikaans . I really need a tutor for him for the next 3 months . Thank you kindly

    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Tumi

      We have sent you our Matric Rewrite information via email. Please check your email, and once we have received the required details back from you, we can get right onto finding a suitable tutor for your brother.

      We look forward to assisting you!

      Kind regards,

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Happiness. You will need to register before the end of January. You can register with the Department of Education, through your school.


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