Matric Results 2022

The Matric results 2022 will be released on 20 January 2023. To prepare, see where you can find your results and have a look at how each province performed in the last few years.

SABC Education Matric Results

  • Gauteng: 84.4%
  • KZN: 83%
  • Free State: 88.5%
  • Eastern Cape: 77.3%
  • Limpopo: 72.1%
  • Mpumalanga: 76.8%
  • Northern Cape: 74.2% 
  • North West: 79.8%
  • Western Cape: 81.4%

Class of 2022 – you studied long and hard for your final exams, and now it is almost time to see your Matric results 2022. While we wait, let us explore the different platforms where your results will be released and what to do if you are unhappy with your final marks.

Matric Results 2021

Let us take a look back at the class of 2022’s predecessors:

  • The national pass rate for the matric class of 2021 was 76.40%
  • Free State is still the top performing province, with a matric pass rate of 85.70%

Provincial Matric 2021 Results 

In 2021, approximately 897 163 candidates sat down for their matric exams. This is 23.6% more than in 2020.  Here is how each province performed:

Past Matric Results

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

  • 2021 – 76.40%
  • 2020– 76.20%
  • 2019 – 81.30%
  • 2018 – 79.40%
  • 2017 – 76.50%
Student prepping for exams in his room. Here's how you can get your Matric Results 2020

How can I get my Matric 2022 Results? 

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


On 20 January 2023, your matric results will be available online. You will be able to access it from the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) website. All you have to do is:

  1. Go to the matric results page
  2. Enter your exam number
  3. Check your results per subject


The quickest way to go about getting your matric results is via SMS. All you have to do is register for the service by SMSing your ID and exam numbers to 35658. Remember that both numbers need to have 13 digits in order for registration to be successful. SMSs cost between R1.50 and R3.00. Your results will be sent to you as soon as they are released.

MatricsMate App

You can also get your results on the MatricsMate app. The app was created as part of a partnership between the SABC and the DBE. Both Android and iOS users can download it for free and access their matric results with ease. Here you will also find useful information about your post-school options. 


Gone are the days where your full name and surname appears in the newspapers. In recent years things have changed. Now only your matric exam number appears in the newspaper. But due to the POPIA Act, your results will only be published if you signed a consent form. 


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 on your screen. After answering a few questions, you will 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 2022

You know what you are capable of. So if you did not 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 2022. 

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 Do my Matric 2022 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.

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Last Updated: 11 March 2024