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Supplementary Exam: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re a 2018 Matriculant looking to be accepted into a tertiary institution or hoping to become employed, passing Matric and receiving your certificate is one of the essentials. However, due to various circumstances, Matric exams may have been an overwhelming struggle for you, resulting in you not meeting the minimum requirements to pass Grade 12 and step into your planned future. But all is not lost – you may qualify for a supplementary exam (now called a second national exam), allowing you a second chance to pass your failed subject/s.

Supplementary exam vs Rewriting your Matric

If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for in Matric, you qualify to write a second national exam (previously called supplementary exams) in the year immediately after your Matric final. You can also re-enroll for your Matric year, and retake the end of year exams, up to 5 years after you completed Matric. If you Matriculated more than 5 years ago, you can apply for an Amended Senior Certificate. All second national exams (for supplementary exams and Amended Senior certificate exams) will now be written in June, while re-enrolling in Matric will mean you take all Matric exams again (mid-year, prelims and finals at the end of the year).

Do I qualify to write a supplementary exam?

According to the Department of Education you qualify for a supplementary exam:

  • If you did not pass Grade 12 but need to pass 2 subjects to obtain your NSC. You can register to retake any number of subjects for your supplementary exam. However, you need to have written these subjects during their final year exam.
  • If you were medically unfit or had another special reason for being absent for an exam.
  • In the instance of a death in your immediate family, you may register for the supplementary examination.
  • If you provide evidence that you qualify for admission to a higher education institution/occupation but do not satisfy the requirements, or if you are one requirement short in meeting the minimum admission requirements for higher certificate, diploma and bachelor degree programs, you can register for supplementary exams. 
  • In a case where an irregularity is being investigated, provisional enrollment for supplementary examination may be granted, pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • If you were unable to write or complete one or more of the National Senior Certificate examination question papers for reasons other than illness or injury. The school principal will need to submit a report to the Head of the assessment body.

How do I register for a supplementary exam?

  1. Contact the Department of Education, via your school.
  2. Applications will close in January 2020. But avoid any further stress and register as soon as possible, after receiving your results.

The supplementary examinations usually take place in June 2020, however, the 2020 dates have not yet been finalized, so keep an eye on the media releases posted on the Department of Education website, as well as updates posted via our BrightSparkzSA Twitter page and BrightSparkz Tutors Facebook page.

 

2018 IEB EXAMINATION RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE

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2018 NSC (NOT WESTERN CAPE) EXAMINATION RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE

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2018 NSC (WESTERN CAPE) EXAMINATION RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE

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Individual results available at schools and www.education.gov.za

 

If you’d like to receive an instant Email or SMS as soon as your results are released, sign up via the eNCA website – the official partners of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) for 2019 Matric results.

*For answers to other frequently asked questions about supplementary exams, visit: http://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/NationalSeniorCertificate(NSC)Examinations/tabid/338/Default.aspx

How do I prepare for my supplementary exam?

  • Past Exam Papers

Past exam papers are some of the best form of revision. Get access to a number of papers for various subjects via YOU Online or directly from the Department of Education’s examinations page.

  • Tutoring

This is also an excellent time to consider tutoring. Our tutors will assist you with those difficult sections of work you just can’t seem to grasp on your own. They will help ensure you cover all the material needed before your rewrite. You will improve your chances of improving your marks by getting support systems in place well in advance.

Get in touch with us via our supplementary exam page and we’ll set you 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 not only need, but are capable of.

What do I do if I don’t qualify to write a supplementary exam?

If you don’t meet the criteria for a supplementary exam (listed above), you have the following options:

  • Re-enroll for the NSC at a school without delay, if you are younger than 21 years old. Enroll as a part-time candidate at a Public Adult Education Centre, if you are older than 21
  • Register for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination which is a school leaving qualification for adults and out-of school learners
  • Alternatively, if you were not successful in your examinations, you could consider vocational education and training. There are 50 Public Further Education and Training (FET) colleges across all provinces of South Africa comprising over 300 campuses or teaching sites.

 

Find out more information, or book a tutor for your supplementary exams now!

Still not sure if a supplementary exam is for you? Read our blog article to decide!

Supplementary Exam Infographic Supplementary Exam Tutor

 

 

 

Written By: Ashleigh de Jager, BrightSparkz Blog Writer (containing inserts from the DoE website)

48 replies
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Innocentia

      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 you.

      We look forward to assisting you!

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
        • Ashleigh de Jager
          Ashleigh de Jager says:

          Hi Kabelo

          Thank you for your enquiry!

          We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams and are not familiar with the processes involved. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

          http://www.education.gov.za/
          https://www.brainline.com/

          If you are still able to register for your exams and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

          I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

          Kind regards,
          Ashleigh

          Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Tshegofatso

      Thank you for your enquiry! We would be happy to assist you with an excellent tutor to prepare you for your Matric re-write exam.

      We do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams, however if you require any further information regarding registering for your exam, please take a look here:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      Once you have registered for your exam and would like to go ahead with a tutor, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      Thanks,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Kgomotso

      Thank you for your enquiry! We would be happy to assist you with an excellent tutor to prepare you for your Matric re-write exam.

      We do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams, however if you require any further information regarding registering for your exam, please take a look here:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      Once you have registered for your exam and would like to go ahead with a tutor, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      Thanks,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
  1. khosie
    khosie says:

    Hi I did my matric in 2011 I didn’t pass but I qualify for supplementary exams so will I be able to supplement this year if possible?

    Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Khosie

      Thank you for your enquiry! We would be happy to assist you with an excellent tutor to prepare you for your Matric re-write exam.

      We do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams, however if you require any further information regarding registering for your exam, please take a look here:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      Once you have registered for your exam and would like to go ahead with a tutor, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      Thanks,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Liyema

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register for your exam and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
  2. Nolitha
    Nolitha says:

    Good day. I was struggling to get my results at school and now I am late for the supplementary exams registration please help what can I do now.

    Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Nolitha

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register for your exam and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Thembakazi

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams, and are not familiar with the processes involved in upgrading your pass type from a National Diploma to entry into a Bachelors degree. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register for your exams and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
  3. Beverly
    Beverly says:

    Good day, I would like to re-write my matric accounting but I did my matric in 2008 will I still be able to re-write? If so will I be provided with study material by my previous high school? I would also like to know when the matric re-write will be?

    Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Beverly

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register for your exams and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Tumiso

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams and are not familiar with the processes involved. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register for your exams and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
  4. Andisiwe
    Andisiwe says:

    Hi I did my matric last year and failed one subject Life Sciences so im late for supplementary registration is the a way that i can still register…..plz help

    Reply
  5. Puleng
    Puleng says:

    Hello my name is Puleng Thabana and I’d like to write a supplement exam but in November not February so is it possible if I could register? I’m originally from Bloemfontein

    Reply
  6. Ariana
    Ariana says:

    Hi I need help please ???? I wrote my supplementary exams a year ago and unfortunately did not meet the requirements, would I be able to write again and if so when?

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    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Ithabeleng

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately are not familiar with the processes of Matric rewrite exams and do not have access to timetables or registration dates. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register and would like to get a tutor to assist you in your exam preparation, please feel to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
    • poloko
      poloko says:

      Eish me 2 ithabeleng i want to knw the registration dates for matric re write in november so plz if u hear something inform me plz my whatsapp 0792222791 plz

      Reply
      • Ashleigh de Jager
        Ashleigh de Jager says:

        Hi Poloko

        Thank you for your enquiry!

        We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams and are not familiar with the processes involved. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

        http://www.education.gov.za/
        https://www.brainline.com/

        If you are still able to register for your exams and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

        I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

        Kind regards,
        Ashleigh

        Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Faith

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately are not familiar with the processes of Matric rewrite exams and do not have access to timetables or registration information. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register and would like to get a tutor to assist you in your exam preparation, please feel to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Potsisho

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams and are not familiar with the processes involved. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
  7. Eulanda
    Eulanda says:

    Hi I matriculated in 2016 but failed 2 subject i was asking if it is possible that i can upgrade the two subject that i failed if i dont want to do a suppliment?

    Reply
    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Eulanda

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately do not assist with confirming / registering learners for re-write exams and are not familiar with the processes involved. You may however, be able to get further information and assistance from one of the below:

      http://www.education.gov.za/
      https://www.brainline.com/

      If you are still able to register for your exams and would like to then go ahead with a tutor to assist you in preparing, please feel free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za, and we will be glad to confirm the best possible tutor for you.

      I hope you’re able to sort everything out.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

      Reply
  8. austin shandu
    austin shandu says:

    hi I just want to know if i can supplement my maths and physics BT im in varsity doing a course I don’t like in help

    Reply

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