Matric Results 2021

You studied long and hard for your Matric Results 2021. Here we give you the advice you need to navigate after matric. Ready to kick start your career? Find out how with Skills Academy.

The matric class of 2021 had to navigate through a second year in a pandemic. Their exam results will be released on 21 January 2022. No matter what the outcome of the Matric Results 2021 is, matriculants will remain victorious for surviving their academic career.

Matric Results 2020

Despite the difficult year, matric class of 2020 still managed to pull through. Let’s take a look back at the class of 2021’s predecessors:

  • The national pass rate for the matric class of 2020 was 76.2%
  • Class of 2020 received more bachelor’s passes than 2019.
  • Free State is the top performing province, with a matric pass rate of 85.1%

Provincial Matric 2020 Results 

Over 1 million matriculants sat for the exams in 2020. Among this number, 616 000 of the candidates were full-time matriculants. Here’s how each province performed:

Past Matric Results

The past matric results are influenced by many factors. If you’re into statistics or just keen on knowing how well the past matriculants have done, you can study past matric results. Here are the past matric results for the past five years:

  • 2019 – 81.3%
  • 2018 – 78.2%
  • 2017 – 75.1%
  • 2016 – 72.5%
  • 2015 – 70.7%
Student prepping for exams in his room. Here's how you can get your Matric Results 2020

How can I get my Matric 2021 Results? 

Getting your matric results have become much more accessible than it was in the past. Now you can even do so with your cellphone. 


The quickest way to go about getting your matric results is via SMS. Still don’t feel comfortable leaving your house or being in crowded spaces during this time? Then this is your safest option. You can simply access your matric results by SMSing your ID and Student numbers to 35658. Remember that both numbers need to have 13 digits in order for your registration to be successful. SMSes are R3.00 and you will get your results when they get released. 


This old-fashioned way is here to stay and is one of the most accessible ways to get your matric results. Gone are the days where your full name and surname appears in the newspapers. In recent years things have changed, and now only your matric exam number appears in the newspaper. Make sure you know your exam number or have a copy of it to check your pass symbols in the newspaper. 


Alternatively, you could instantly get your matric results via USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data). You can get your results by dialing *120*35658# and following the instructions. There will be a few questions you need to answer and provide your ID number. You will then receive your results per subject. 

Student doing homework in her room. Plan your next step after receiving your Matric Results 2020

What you can do to Improve Your Matric Results 2021

You know what you are capable of and if you didn’t meet your expectations, you can always give yourself a second chance. There’s plenty of time to achieve your goals. And your goals don’t start or end with the weight of your matric results. Here’s what you can do if you’re not satisfied with your Matric Results 2021. 

Get a Recheck

Matric exam markers go through extensive training to ensure that quality is assured when marking matric papers. Having said that, matric exam markers are only human and not free from flaws. You can apply for a recheck. Exam markers will then relook at your paper and recount your exam marks. 

Apply for a Remark

Confident in the amount of work you’ve put in? You can always apply for an exam remark. A remark means that an exam marker will have another look at your question paper. You can apply for a remark per question paper. To get a remark, you will need to apply for one within days after the matric results have been released. 

Rewrite the Subject

Need more time? You can apply for a rewrite at your school or your exam centre. Students usually have 21 days after they receive their matric results to apply for a rewrite. You can choose to rewrite as many subjects as you like. 

Study Without Matric

Skip remarking or rewriting matric entirely and jump straight into tertiary education. You can choose between studying accredited courses or skill-based courses. Matric is not always needed when it comes to achieving your dreams. 

Not ready to head back to the exam room or don’t have enough money at the moment to pursue these options? There is no rush. You may proceed to get a job that allows you to work without matric. But we will be honest, your options will be limited. Then once you are financially stable, you can apply for a matric upgrade or finish your adult matric

What Does my Matric 2021 Results Mean?

Your matric symbol serves as a guideline for your next move. If you’re not sure about what the future holds for you, you can make decisions based on your matric pass symbol. There are three in total. 

Certificate Pass : A certificate pass allows you to study towards a Higher Certificate. To get this symbol, you need a 40% pass in your home language, two subjects above 40%, four subjects above 30%. 

Diploma Pass : Students who achieve this symbol can study towards a Diploma or a bridging course. Students with this symbol received 40% in four higher credit subjects and 30% in three lower credit subjects.

Bachelor’s Pass : A bachelor’s pass means you can gain entry at university and study towards a bachelor’s degree. To gain this symbol you need at least 50% in four subjects, 40% for home language, and 30% in the language of teaching.

Students may only fail one subject. Failing more than one means you fail matric.

Take Control of Your Future

So what happens after matric? Only you can make that decision. If you’re stuck on making a decision, one of our friendly course experts could always help you map out your study journey at Skills Academy. Contact us today for more information.

  • Call us for free on 0800 39 00 27
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Last Updated: June 13, 2022


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Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie is a Junior Content Writer at Skills Academy. Her aim is to create content that is well-researched, educational and engaging. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, baking and anything that allows her to be creative. She is passionate about lifelong learning and believes it’s never too late to learn something new.