Matric Results 2018 Release Date

For the Matric class of 2017, the Minister of Education will announce the Matric results on the 4th of January 2018. You can get your results online, from your school or in the newspapers on the 5th of January 2018.

Official Release Dates:

  • National Senior Certificate: 4 January 2018
  • The Independent Examination Board (IEB) Exams: 3 January 2018

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Matric Results Release Date

Matric Results Release Date is: 5 January 2018.

The 2018 Matric Results are Being Released by the Minister of Education Right now

To view Matric results for 2018, go to the live news event on News24.

The Department of Basic Education releases the 2017 Matric results technical report, see the live video here.

What Courses can I Study Without a Matric Certificate?

Not everyone manages to finish their Matric. The good news is that you do not need to have Matric to start studying! Here is a list of distance learning courses you can study if you have no Matric:

How to get Your Matric Results

There are two main ways that you can get your Matric results right on your phone! The ways that you can get your results is by SMS and by USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data).

Results Through SMS:

  1. Send an SMS to 35658.
  2. The SMS should include your ID number and student number.
  3. This SMS will cost you R1,50
  4. You will get an SMS with your results

Results Through USSD

  1. Dial *120*35658#.
  2. Through enter your ID number and student number.
  3. This costs R0,50 per 20 seconds.
  4. You will get your results

Department of Basic Education

One of the first ways to get your results is to log onto the Department of Basic Education’s website below. If you attended a public/government school, then your results will be on this site.

You will need the following to log in:

  • Exam number
  • Home Language
  • Your personal details (name, surname, etc.)

The Newspaper

It will be in all of the big newspaper brands, for example:

  • The Rapport
  • The Argus
  • The Star

Your High School

The day after your results are released, your school will give you your results. You can get them from your school or exam centre on the 5th of January 2018.

More about Matric Results in the Media

Read more on Huffington Post, News24, or on MyNews24.

Getting Your Results Online

You can get your results online from the website of the Department of Education. To get your results, you need your exam number, home language, name, surname and contact details.

The IEB Matric exam results will be available on the IEB website.

What to do if you Have Failed Matric

The first step that you need to take is to find out why you failed your exams. Think about it and be really honest with yourself.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I go out on the town or sit around watching TV when I should have been studying?
  • Did I think I was too cool to study and now I regret it?
  • Did I study hard enough?
  • Did I consistently work hard throughout the year or did I suddenly decide to put in effort to try to make up everything at the end of the year?
  • Did I think it was going to be easy and I didn’t put the effort in?
  • Did I become frustrated and give up?
  • Was I too sick to write my exams or was there a personal crisis in my life that prevented me from finishing?

Once you have figured out the reason that you failed you can move onto the next step.

What Are my Next Steps?

Now that you have figured out where you went wrong you can take steps to improve. This is not difficult but it does take a lot of time. So what are your options?

Sign Up at Skills Academy

We are a distance learning college that offers a wide range of courses that are accredited and non-accredited. We also offer courses to students that don’t have a Matric certificate.  For more information click on any of the buttons below to find out more.

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Go Back to School

Not everybody gets to write Matric, and of those that do, over 50% fail. You are not alone, if you have no choice but to get a Matric certificate, the only way to do that is to go back to school.

You can go to your nearest high school and talk to the principal and find out what options they can offer you.

Get Your Papers Remarked

You can apply to have your papers re-marked if you failed one or more subjects, but you must apply very soon after getting your results. The deadline for re-marking is very close to the exam results date. Be sure to check your local newspapers for the re-marking deadline date and fees. Students from no-fee schools may not have to pay application fees.

Write a Supplementary Exam

A supplementary exam is a rewrite of the exam you have failed. If you have failed less than three subjects, you may apply to write supplementary exams.

The deadline date to apply is usually near the end of January. Supplementary exams are free! If you need more information you can get hold of the Department of Education through their website or  or phone them on 0800 202 933.

Repeat the Year

If you feel that re-doing your Matric will help you in the long run, then you will need to repeat the year. Talk to the principal of your school to find out how to do this. This way you can rewrite your exams next year, and if you have figured out why you have failed in the first place, you can pass your exams the second time around.

Register for an Adult Based Education and Training Course

You can also register for an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) course. ABET courses are qualifications on the same level as Matric. Contact Umalusi here: to find out which Adult Based Education and Training Institution is best for you.

Register for a Course That Does not Need Matric

If you feel like getting your Matric will take too long, you might be wondering if you can study a course that does not need Matric. There is a wide range of courses you can study without Matric. If you are over the age of 16, can read and write in English, and you have a Grade 10 or Grade 11 certificate, then you can register for one of these great courses with Skills Academy.

What Courses can I Study Without a Matric Certificate?

Not everyone manages to finish their Matric. The good news is that you do not need to have Matric to start studying! Here is a list of distance learning courses you can study if you have no Matric:

What Study Options do I Have if I Failed Matric?

There are many courses you can study if you failed Matric. You do not have to go back to school. You can start right away with training that will help you to build a career in the world of business.

Here you will find lots of help and courses for students who never finished school. Even if you just have your grade ten certificate, there are accredited courses you can study.

Finished With Your Matric? What Will you do Next Year?

If you have great marks and you are on your way to University, congratulations, go for it and make a success of your studies.

To those of you who’s marks are not good enough to get into university or you could not get a space, or even if you failed Matric, there are still many options available to you.

What Does my Pass Mean?

Bachelor’s Pass

A bachelor’s pass means you have:

  • at least 40% in 5 higher credit subjects
  • 30% for 2 lower credit subjects
  • you did not fail ANY subjects.

With a Bachelor’s Pass you can apply to study a degree at a university or university of technology. You can also study for a higher certificate or diploma.

Diploma Pass

You get a Diploma Pass if you have:

  • 40% in 4 higher credit subjects
  • 30% in 3 lower credit subjects
  • you may fail 1 subject.

With a Diploma Pass you can register for a bridging course at a Further Education and Training (FET) college, a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College or a diploma course at a university of technology.

Certificate Pass

You get a certificate pass if you have:

  • a 40% pass in your home language,
  • 2 subjects above 40%,
  • 4 subjects above 30%
  • you may fail 1 subject.

With a certificate pass you can study for a higher certificate.

NSC Matric Pass Rate of 2017

If you are interested in the national and provincial pass rates of Matric for 2017, then look no further, as we have all the data right here.

The Matric pass rate for this year and how it compares over the last 9 years.

The Matric Pass Rate for This Year and how it Compares Over the Last Nine Years.

2017: 75.1%

2016: 72.5%

2015: 70.7%

2014: 73.9%

2013: 78.2%

2012: 73.9%

2011: 70.2%

2010: 67.8%

2009: 60.6%

2008: 62.5%

The National Pass Rate per Province.

Free State: 86%

Gauteng: 85.1%

Western Cape: 82.7%

North West: 79.4%

Northern Cape: 75.6%

Mpumalanga: 74.8%

Kwazulu-Natal: 72.%

Limpopo: 65.6%

Eastern Cape: 65%

IEB Matric Pass Rate

The IEB Matric pass rate this year increased from the already high 98.67% in 2016 to 98.67% in 2017. These results are from the 112 000 students who wrote the IEB exams nationwide. 88.50% of the IEB students now have access to study degree programmes in 2018.

Latest News: Umalusi Approves Matric Results

On Friday (29 December 2017) the Umalusi council approved the results for the Matric Class of 2017. For the first time in many years, there were no leaked papers.

Umalusi says that the quality of student answers has improved, and that students marks overall have gotten better. So here is to a better result than you might expect!

Watch the Umalusi announcement on YouTube.

Breaking News: Important Information if you are a new Unisa Student in 2018

If you are studying with Unisa for the first time in 2018, you can now study for free. Read more here.

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