Matric Results 2019 Free State

The Matric Results 2019 Free State Release Date has Finally Arrived! 

After months of waiting, the Matric Results 2019 Free State release date is here at last! The Free State grabbed the number one spot yet again with an impressive 88.4% pass rate. This is an increase from 87.5% in 2018 by 0.9%. The leading district in the Free State is Fezile Dabi with a 90.3% pass rate.

The national pass rate for 2019 is 81.3%, which is an improvement from the previous year. Well done, class of 2019!

What do I Need to Pass? 

There are three pass levels for matric. Each level has its own set of requirements.

The subjects that you need to have includes your Home Language, a First Additional Language, Maths or Maths Literacy and Life Orientation.

You also need either English or Afrikaans as one of your languages. 


Bachelor’s Pass 

This pass will allow you to go on to study for a Bachelor’s Degree at a university. The requirements for this are: 

  • 40% for your Home Language 
  • At least 50% for four other High Credit subjects 
  • At least 30% for two other subjects 


This level of pass allows you to study towards a Diploma after matric. You are only allowed to fail one subject. The requirements are: 

  • At least 40% in your Home Language 
  • 40% in four other High Credit subjects 
  • At least 30% for two other subjects 

Higher Certificate 

These are the minimum requirements for passing matric. You may only fail one subject. The requirements are as follows: 

  • 40% in your Home Language 
  • At least 40% in four other high credit subjects 
  • At least 30% for two other subjects 

List of High Credit Subjects: 

  • Languages 
  • Accounting 
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies 
  • Consumer Studies 
  • Dramatic Arts 
  • Economics 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences 
  • Maths/Maths Literacy 
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Religious Studies 
  • Visual Arts 

Matric Results 2019 Free State – How do I get Them? 

With the Matric Results 2019 Free State release date finally here, the last thing you need to worry about is figuring out how to check your results. Below are ways you can access them.


If you attend a public or government high school, then your results will be on the Department of Basic Education’s website. You will need the following to log in: 

  • Exam number 
  • Home Language 
  • Your personal details such as name, surname, etc. 

If you attend an IEB school, you can access your results on their website. Keep in mind that website traffic will be high on the release date, so expect delayed response times. 

Your School

A day after the initial results are announced, your school will give you your results. This is not an official matric certificate, it’s your statement of results per subject. You will be able to collect your printed official matric certificate a few months later. Your school will be able to provide you with exact dates. 

The Newspaper 

The Matric Results 2019 Free State will be published in all major daily newspapers on the day that the results are released. It won’t be the full result, just whether or not you passed and what symbol you passed with. For example, B for Bachelor’s Pass, D for Diploma, etc. 

Your Cell Phone 

You can register with your cell phone to receive your results by using one of two options. 

1. Via SMS 

Send your ID number and exam number to 35658. You will get a confirmation SMS once you have successfully registered. SMSes cost R1.50 and free SMSes don’t apply. 

2. USSD Service 

On the release date: 

  • Dial *120*35658# 
  • Answer a few multiple questions. 
  • Enter your ID number. 
  • You will then get your matric results per subject 

Past Matric Results in the Free State 

The Free State has held the number one spot in South Africa for two consecutive years, with 2019 now being the third. It achieved a 93% matric pass rate in 2016, 86% in 2017 and 88.4% in 2019. 

Matric Pass rate in the Free State over the last 5 years: 

2015: 81.6%

2016: 93.2%

2017: 86.1%

2018: 87.5%

2019: 88.4% 

How can I Improve my Matric Results 2019 Free State? 

Matric Results not what you wanted? Consider the following options below. 


This means that your exam answer sheet will be checked for a second time to make sure that all your marks were calculated correctly. The cost of a recheck is R27 per paper. 


If you ask for a remark, your answer sheet will be marked for a second time. With this option, there is no guarantee that your marks will improve. It costs R112 to have one paper remarked. 

The closing date for remark and recheck applications is 22 January 2020.

Apply for a Supplementary Exam 

A supplementary exam is an opportunity to improve your results if you wrote your final exams the previous year. This means that you only qualify for a supplementary exam in 2020 if you wrote in 2019. 

You qualify if you: 

  • Need a maximum of two subjects to meet the NSC requirements
  • Need a higher grade to apply for a course or university
  • Were unable to write your final exam due to an illness or injury
  • Weren’t able to write or complete an exam because of a death in the family 

Get a Matric Upgrade 

This option is ideal if you’re a past matriculant who wants a second chance at improving their matric results. With Skills Academy, you can get a Matric Upgrade without having to attend a single class. All you need is to be 21 years or older. 

Please Note: Skills Academy is a tuition provider. We do not facilitate any examinations, but we do help you with exam registration. For more information, visit the matric college website

Do I Need Matric to Study Further? 

No, not at all. Skills Academy offers a range of courses you can study without matric through distance learning. You need at least a completed grade 10 to register for our provider programmes and grade 11 for our accredited ICB courses. Other requirements include being able to read and write in English and you must be at least 16 years old. 


What can I Study if I Pass Matric? 

Skills Academy offers a range of National Certificate and Diploma courses.These courses are accredited which means that they are nationally recognised. Once you complete these courses, you will have a credible qualification to your name. Our courses are open-entry and less competitive than most tertiary institutions. Check out the list below. 

Business Management 

Financial Management 

Human Resource Management 


Legal Secretary 

Management Assistant 

Marketing Management 

Want to register for any of our courses? Give us a call on 0800 39 00 27 – its free

Contact Details for the Department of Education in the Free State 

Looking for ways to get in touch with the Department of Education in the Free State. Take a look at the information listed below.


Physical Address: Fidel Castro Building, 55 Elizabeth Street, Bloemfontein, 9300

Postal Address: Private Bag X20565, Bloemfontein, 9300

Telephone:  (051) 404 8430/32

Fax:  (051) 404 8269


Author: Thiana Pretorius 

Last Updated: January 8, 2020

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