supplementary exam

Supplementary Exam: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re a 2023 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, resulting in you not meeting the minimum requirements to pass Grade 12 and enter your planned future. But all is not lost – you may qualify for a supplementary exam or second national exam, allowing you a second chance to improve your marks.

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Why should you consider a supplementary exam?

  • Unlocking university doors: With enhanced Matric marks through supplementary exams, targeting a competitive degree or university becomes more achievable. Our expert tutors guide you in meeting specific university requirements, from attaining a Bachelor’s Degree Pass to achieving requisite subject marks.
  • Targeted Learning: A supplementary exam lets you zero in on one subject rather than juggling multiple. This focused approach can significantly enhance your understanding of the subject matter and your performance. Having fewer subjects to worry about means you can dedicate your attention, effort, and resources towards mastering the nuances of that specific subject.
  • Extended Preparation Time: A supplementary exam comes with the advantage of additional time for preparation. Having already spent a year studying the subject, you have nearly six more months to delve deeper. You can optimally utilise the time with a BrightSparkz tutor who will provide personalised guidance, keep you on track, and significantly boost your chances of achieving a higher grade.

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-enrol for your Matric year and retake the end-of-year exams up to 5 years after you complete Matric.

Amended Senior Certificate

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 May/June 2024, while re-enrolling in Matric will mean you retake all Matric exams. Including mid-year, prelims and finals at the end of the year.

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A pupil studying for their supplementary exam

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 must pass 2 subjects to obtain your NSC. You can register to retake any number of subjects for your supplementary exam. However, you must have written these subjects during your final year exams.
  • 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 or occupation but do not satisfy the requirements, or if you are one requirement short of meeting the minimum admission requirements for a higher certificate, diploma and bachelor’s degree programs, you can register for supplementary exams.
  • In a case where an irregularity is under investigation, provisional enrollment for supplementary examination may be granted, pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • If you could not write or complete one or more of the National Senior Certificate examination question papers for reasons other than illness or injury. The school principal must submit a report to the Head of the assessment body.

Qualifying for IEB supplementary examinations

Qualifying for the IEB second national exam is very similar to the NSC exams. However, there are some differences.

  • Missed one or more examination papers: If you missed one or more papers in your final year for legitimate reasons such as illness or trauma, you can apply for the supplementary examination.
  • Require a maximum of two subjects to achieve NSC: If you are just short of a maximum of two subjects to obtain the National Senior Certificate to achieve a higher category of achievement or to meet the specific entry requirements for further studies, you are eligible to apply. However, proof of the entry requirements from the relevant institution is necessary.
  • Subjects already taken: For the supplementary examinations, you can only register for subjects you wrote in the previous end-of-year examination.
  • Maximum of two subjects: If you haven’t met the minimum promotion and certification requirements but are short of two subjects to obtain the National Senior Certificate, you can register for a maximum of two subjects for the supplementary examination in the following year. These must be subjects you sat for in the previous end-of-year examination.
  • Registering for Life Orientation: You can also register for Life Orientation, which comprises an internally assessed component and a common assessment task, as one of the two subjects for the supplementary examination. The re-assessment of both components must be completed within the supplementary examination period.
  • Combining Subjects: Candidates repeating one or more subjects may combine their subjects with meeting the current National Senior Certificate requirements and earning a National Senior Certificate.
  • Medically unfit candidates: If you were medically unfit and couldn’t attend one or more external examinations, you could register for the supplementary examination.
  • Meeting specific faculty or occupational requirements: If you do not meet the minimum higher education faculty requirements or the requirements for the specific occupation in the end-of-year examination, you may register for the supplementary examination in the following year, in a maximum of two subjects.
  • In case of death in the immediate family: If a death occurred in your immediate family or other special reasons prevented you from attending the exam, you could register for the supplementary examination.
  • Irregularities: If your case is under investigation due to an irregularity, you may be granted provisional enrollment for the supplementary examination, pending the investigation’s outcome.
  • Inability to complete the end-of-year examination: If you cannot write or complete the end-of-year examination for a valid reason, you can write the supplementary examination for the specific examination question paper you did not complete.

Remember, the internal assessment of the Grade 12-year, including practical or oral assessment marks where applicable, will be used to meet the internal assessment and external examination requirements.

Like the second national exams, the IEB NSC supplementary examinations are there to give you a second chance to fulfil your academic goals. Therefore, if you meet the qualifications, seize this opportunity and make the most out of it.

Read more: Blanked Out During An Exam – What To Do

Registering for supplementary exams & when they take place?

  • Contact the Department of Education via your school.
  • Applications will close on 8 February 2024. But avoid further stress and register as soon as possible after receiving your results.
  • The supplementary examinations will take place in May and June 2024.

Receiving your exam results by SMS

If you’d like to receive an instant SMS as soon as your results are released, sms your examination number to 45856. Once the Matric results are released, you’ll receive them. Please note there is a cost of R1.50 for each SMS.

Read more: Exam Concessions

A learner busy writing their secondary examination for matric

How many subjects can I register for?

You can register to rewrite as many subjects as you like, provided you were registered to write these in 2023. However, you must pay a fee for each subject you rewrite. If you want to write a different subject, you will have to register to take this subject with an institution like UNISA.

What do I need to register?

The only method to apply for the NSC June examinations is by submitting a physical application form. These forms have been sent to candidates’ schools and district offices for your convenience.

Include the following documents with your application:

  • Your completed and signed application form.
  • Signed Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act form.
  • Certified copy of your ID.
  • Your latest Statement of Results.

You can submit your completed application by dropping it off at the Education District Office that is closest to you.

You’ll receive an SMS notification after your application is processed and verified. Finally, once all applications have been captured and verified, you’ll receive another SMS instructing you to check your registration confirmation online.

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How do I prepare for my supplementary exam?

Past exam papers

Past exam papers are some of the best revision forms. Access several papers for various subjects directly from the Department of Education’s examinations past papers.

Tutoring

This is also an excellent time to consider tutoring. Our tutors will assist you with those tricky 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.

Contact us via our book a tutor 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 you need and are capable of.

Read more: Tips To Manage Your Matric Year

A student that didn't qualify for their supplementary exam

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, you have the following options:

  • Re-enroll for the NSC at a school without delay if you are younger than 21 years old. Enrol as a part-time candidate at a Public Adult Education Centre if you are older than 21.
  • Register for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination, a school leaving qualification for adults and out-of-school learners.
  • Alternatively, if you were unsuccessful 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.

As a 2023 Matriculant, passing Matric exams is a vital stepping stone towards higher education or employment. But if you stumbled, there’s still hope through supplementary exams. These exams allow for focused, in-depth study on fewer subjects, paving the way for improved performance. With extra preparation time, personalised guidance from BrightSparkz tutors can significantly boost your chances of a higher grade. Remember, with the proper support and determination, a supplementary exam can be your passport to fulfilling your academic or career aspirations.

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Helpful resources

  • For answers to other frequently asked questions about supplementary exams, visit the education.gov.za website.
  • For information on IEB supplementary exams, read this.
  • You can also find out what your “Bachelor’s pass”, “Diploma pass”, and “Certificate pass” mean here.
  • You can view the NSC June Exam table here.

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158 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

        • 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

      • Lidia
        Lidia says:

        Hi,
        My name is Lidia,
        Please advise as to what marks will be utilised in the matric certificate ….Is it the 2019 October/November or the 2020 supplementary exam … Thanks

      • Chris
        Chris says:

        Hi there, I just wanted to make sure.
        I wrote my NCS finals in 2015 and failed 2 subjects (Math/Physics) and enrolled for SC exams this year. Since I’m only rewriting the two subjects will my other subjects such as Civil engineering be affected when applying for the Amened Senior Certificate?

      • Tessa Cooper
        Tessa Cooper says:

        Hi Babalo, you will need to check with the Department of Education to find out if you’re registered.

          • Tessa Cooper
            Tessa Cooper says:

            Hi Eunice, yes you should be able to register at your previous school to rewrite, provided you meet the other criteria to rewrite as explained in this article.

      • Tessa Cooper
        Tessa Cooper says:

        Hi Patricia, unfortunately the closing date for applications was in January. You can register to take Maths again next year with a distance learning school like Unisa.

    • Jada
      Jada says:

      If you failed Pure Maths and didn’t do very well on physics, can you rewrite but change to Math Lit and Tourism?

      • Tessa Cooper
        Tessa Cooper says:

        Hi Jada, you can only do a supplementary exam for subjects you already took in Matric, BUT you can redo the last year if you want to do other subjects, either through a distance learning center like UNISA or with your old school, if they’ll let you.

    • 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

    • 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

      • Simphiwe
        Simphiwe says:

        Greetings.
        I’d like to if one qualifies to rewrite subjects (2) provided that they only wish to improve thier marks and not because of some life ordeal.

        • Tessa Cooper
          Tessa Cooper says:

          Hi Simphiwe. In this case, you’ll need to register with your school or a distance education institute like UNISA to retake the entire subject for a year – you won’t be able to just write supplementary exams in June.

  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?

    • 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

    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Constance

      Thank you for your enquiry! I have sent our Information & Rates brochure through to you via emial. Should you require any further information, please free to get in touch with us via tutors@brightsparkz.co.za.

      Kind regards,
      Ashleigh

    • 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

  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.

    • 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

    • 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

  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?

    • 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

  4. Am Tumiso
    Am Tumiso says:

    If l passed last year but with 30s what will happen if I do metric rewrite and fail during matrix rewrite

    • 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

  5. Zithulele
    Zithulele says:

    Hi
    I just want to know when is the last day of matric rewrites exams, and the marking starts when and ends when?

    Thanks

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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?

    • Ashleigh de Jager
      Ashleigh de Jager says:

      Hi Nancy

      Thank you for your enquiry!

      We unfortunately are not familiar with the processes of Matric rewrite exams and do not have access to timetables. 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

    • 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

    • 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

      • 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

    • 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

      • Tessa Cooper
        Tessa Cooper says:

        Hi Lulu, you will need to register to retake these subjects, either at your old school or with a distance learning provider like UNISA. If you are 21 or older, you’ll need to apply for an Adult Basic Education Certificate.

    • 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

  9. 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?

    • 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

  10. 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

    • Dominique Oebell
      Dominique Oebell says:

      Hi Austin,

      Sorry for the delay in reply. Did you find the information you were looking for or do you still have questions about a matric re-write?

      Kind regards,

      Dominique

  11. Thembelihle Dunga
    Thembelihle Dunga says:

    Hi I matriculated in 2007 but I failed my maths and physics so I would like to supplement both subjects so hw do I do it.

  12. Zelda
    Zelda says:

    Hi my name is Zelda,I was in grade 12 class of 2015 but didn’t pass.so I just wanted to know whether i qualify to write supplementary exams or not.

  13. kiara
    kiara says:

    hi i to know if i can write a different subject in my supplementary exams so like instead of core math i can write math lit

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Kiara. You can only write supplementary exams for subjects you originally took in Matric. For different subjects, you will need to apply to do the subject for the year with a school or a distance learning institution like UNISA.

  14. Somila Funda
    Somila Funda says:

    Hello, I have a question… I failed matric 2014 in Eastern Cape and I just wrote one subject which I passed in Western Cape, which I needed to pass to get my certificate… Now question is am I gonna get my certificate in Western Cape or Eastern Cape?

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Fortune. Supplementary exams are no longer written in November. They are only written in June of the following year. The Department of Education will release the schedule within the next couple of months.

  15. Zodwa
    Zodwa says:

    Hi i wrote my Matric 2015 unfortunately I didn’t make it, so I wrote my supplementary exam in 2016 when I check my results they said a pending… Please help.

  16. Oscar Manin
    Oscar Manin says:

    Hi Ashleigh, I wanted to ask if i do not qualify for supplementary exams because i did not fail or anything irregular… I just want to improve my Maths marks… What can i do?

  17. Lerato
    Lerato says:

    I finished my matric 2018 so I want to re-write so is it possible to re-write where i was doing my matric or they won’t allow me?

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Lerato. You should be able to write with the same school. You will need to get in touch with them to ask though!

  18. Zakhele
    Zakhele says:

    in my supplementary exam i registered for one subjects is it possible to register for the other one i failed

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Zakhele. You can register for any subject that you took in Matric last year – you will just need to pay the registration fee for every subject you register for.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Felow. You will need to register to write your supplementary exams with the same school you wrote your Matric exams in last year.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Letapata. The difficulty of the original finals and supplementary exams is the same. You will just have 5-6 extra months to study!

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Dikeledi. You will need to contact the education department through your school to confirm that you can write in another province.

  19. Kamogelo
    Kamogelo says:

    Hi I wanted that if I write supplementary exam and it happens that I fail will I still have another chance to write.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Kamogelo. You’ll only have one chance to write the supplementary exams. If you fail, you will need to apply to retake the subject in 2021, either through your school or a distance learning center like UNISA.

      • Nawal
        Nawal says:

        Hi there.I want to know whether the June 2020 supplementary exam will be like any November exam or much more difficult?In order to be prepared do we study the entire year’s syllabus as we did for November exams at school?(Or should we use past June exam papers as a guideline on what needs to be studied?)Will we write the exact same June paper as the fellow Matrics of 2020?Do we write on the same date as the Matrics of 2020?I heard that if we don’t do as well as expected in June,the DBE will automatically allow a “final” chance to take the exam in November 2020 once again.Is this true?
        MANY THANKS AND APOLOGIES FOR THE LONG QUESTIONS!

        • Tessa Cooper
          Tessa Cooper says:

          Hi Nawal. The supplementary exam is NOT the same as the June Matric exams, and will not happen on the same date. All the Matric work will be covered in the exam, so you can prepare by going through old November exam papers. The supplementary exams will be at the same level as the November exams, not more difficult. You won’t be allowed to take another exam in November, but if you don’t do well you can retake the subject with a distance learning center like UNISA next year.

  20. Pretty
    Pretty says:

    I matriculated in 2017 and i passed with Diploma…im 20 years old….i wanna suplement one subject….is it possible to rewrite at my old school???

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Pretty, you’ll need to redo the whole subject with a distance learning institute, like UNISA. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do this through your old school.

  21. malehlohonolo radebe
    malehlohonolo radebe says:

    Hi
    I need advice please, I passed my matric with a bachelors. I failed maths literacy and passed biology with 30%, supplemented 2009 and failed both.
    does it mean i failed my matric?
    do i need to re-write

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Malehlohonolo, if your certificate says you “achieved a bachelor’s pass” as you say, then you passed Matric!

  22. Cindy Naidoo
    Cindy Naidoo says:

    Hi There, my daughter matriculated in 2016 and didn’t get a good mark for maths, what is a way forward to improve just the maths mark.

    Regards

  23. Queen Nonhlanhla Sibanda
    Queen Nonhlanhla Sibanda says:

    Hi, I just wanted to find out if it’s possible to take life science as a supplementary subject even though I didn’t take life science in high school.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Queen. You’ll need to take Life Science as an additional subject through your old high school or through a distance learning center like UNISA.

  24. Thuthukani
    Thuthukani says:

    What happens if I fail my supplementary paper does my old result come back or I lose every thing

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Thuthukani. If you fail your supplementary exam, your final result will be the highest mark you got (either in your Matric final or for the supplementary).

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Karabo, unfortunately the closing date for registration was 31 January. You still have options though: you can apply to redo the subject(s) you’d like to improve next year, through your old school or a distance learning center like UNISA.

  25. Paulet
    Paulet says:

    hello ,..I would like to upgrade my matric results… I did my matric at 2012 and I pass with a diploma

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Paulet, you’ll need to apply at an Adult Basic Education & Training center in order to redo the subject(s) you’d like to improve upon.

    • Agriment Mashele
      Agriment Mashele says:

      Hi, I need some information on how to register for a rewrite in November 2020 I failed 2 subjects last year

      • Tessa Cooper
        Tessa Cooper says:

        Hi Agriment,

        Unfortunately rewrite registration for 2020 closed on 31 January 2020. You will need to apply to rewrite your Matric in 2021, either with your old high school or at another school.

  26. keitumetse
    keitumetse says:

    hi, I could register to rewrite with ieb by the 31st of march is there any chance I can register after the lockdown.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Keitumetse, you can now register for rewrites online by 30 April – please check the Department of Education’s website for more information.

  27. nyandano
    nyandano says:

    dear sir/maam
    i need you to assist me for a rewrite exam for nov-dec 2020 suplementary,i was write supplementary on 2019 but i did not meet the requirement!..so may can you help me to register for exam?.
    HOPE FOR POSITE RESPONSE.THANKS

    yoursfaithfully
    ginya n

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Nyandano,

      Because you wrote supplementary exams in 2019, you will now need to apply to rewrite your Matric in 2021, with your old high school or any other school.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Warren, you’ll need to check with the Department of Education to find out if you’re registered.

  28. Gift
    Gift says:

    Hi, I would like to be informed about whether there is still a possibility that I can register now to supplement some of my subjects in November, I could not register ealier during the year and I thought I would go to college, but I’ve been practising for the whole of 2020 and I now know I can do better. I matriculated 2019 and I am turning 19 years on November.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Gift, unfortunately the closing date for applications was in January. You can register to retake some of your Matric subjects next year with a distance learning institution like UNISA.

  29. Chris
    Chris says:

    I have subject certificate of matric I was doing 6 subjects so I passed four I need advice what to do I need a mentor to what to do exactly to have matric which subjects to do I need to further my studies

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Chris, please look at the website of the university or college that you want to go to, and see which subjects you need to pass to get into the course you want to take. Most colleges and universities also have student advisors who can help you decide, for free.

  30. mahlasela
    mahlasela says:

    hi i wanted to know if supplementing an exam means you improve your final mark out of 75% and then they add the 25% you obtained in your matric year?
    or do you write out of 100%?
    and would also like to know if you take a provincial test or a dbe test

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Mahlasela. A supplementary exam is written out of 100%. If the mark you get for your supplementary exam is better than the mark you got for your Matric exam, then your new, better mark will appear on your Matric certificate. If it’s not better, the old mark will still be on your Matric certificate. The test is a national level DBE test.

  31. Porcia-Jazdine Pietersen
    Porcia-Jazdine Pietersen says:

    I was in matric 2008 and failed History and Math literacy! In 2009 i wrote my supplementary that two subjects and i past history with 30% and failed my math literacy again. Does that mean i qualify for my NCS?

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Porcia-Jazdine. You need to pass Maths or Maths Literacy, 2 languages and Life Orientation in order to pass Matric.

  32. Lidia
    Lidia says:

    Hi,
    My name is Lidia,
    I qualified to study a diploma…
    And I registered 3 subjects for supplementary exam in November to improve my chances for a bachelor degree…
    Please advise what happens if my marks go lower than the 2019 exam….
    What marks will be used on my matric certificate….

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Nomozizi, normally the Department of Education opens registration in January. You can keep an eye on this blog – we will update it as soon as the information is available!

  33. Una
    Una says:

    Hey , do i have a choice to write at a center designated for Supplementary exams (if i may ask where) and not at school? because i really don’t want to write at my school. i’d prefer if i wrote my supplementary exams elsewhere

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Una, it depends where you register – you can register with your old school, or you can register with your provincial department and write at another center.

  34. Jamie february
    Jamie february says:

    Hi I would like to know ..if I failed 2 subjects math lit and life sciences and I applied to rewrite it but then I decide I only want to rewrite 1 subject and that’s math lit will I still be able to pass my matric if I write 1 subject ?

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Jamie, it would depend on the subject – you need to pass Maths or Maths lit in order to pass your Matric, so you will need to rewrite this. But you don’t need to pass Life Science in order to pass Matric IF you’ve passed all your other subjects.

  35. Rebotile
    Rebotile says:

    Good day I registered at hlogotlou circuit for writing supplementary but dua to covid we didn’t write they said we will write during November but today I went to collect my time table and they said they can’t find my time table so I don’t know what to do or where can I find it please help

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Rebotile, you should get in touch with the provincial education department to find out if they have your details, and to get your schedule from them.

  36. Kay
    Kay says:

    Hello I registered to rewrite but I have decided that I am no longer rewriting. Does that mean my marks are going to be 0 when they comeback or will my marks stay the same as they were in matric?

  37. Simon
    Simon says:

    Dear sir/madam,
    I passed all my subjects in 2019 and went on to study in 2020 but would like to improve my math result in 2021. Could you kindly inform me of the procedure I would have to take and whether I am able to rewrite at my old school?
    Kind regards
    Simon

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Simon, you will need to register to rewrite this subject either part time or full time at a school or distance learning institute.

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Thapedi, you don’t HAVE to rewrite at your former school, but you do need to write at a school near to you, so this is often the best option.

  38. Sara
    Sara says:

    Hi,
    I wrote my matric in 2013 and have a diploma pass. I have failed Maths and would like to know if I will be able to do Maths Lit instead, if yes do I have to register with the department to do Maths Lit?
    Thank you.

  39. Phumi
    Phumi says:

    Hi I would like to know when are the registrations at abet for someone who matriculated in 2013 but didnt make it ?

    • Tessa Cooper
      Tessa Cooper says:

      Hi Gladness. If you wrote Matric in 2020, you can register to write supplementary exams. If you wrote your Matric before 2020, and are under 21, you will need to register to redo your Matric year at a school either part time or full time. If you are over 21, you can register for the Amended Senior Certificate.

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