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Matric Results

Worried about how you’re going to check your matric results on the 5th of January 2017? We have each method explained here, so that you don’t need to worry.Β 

Matric exams are officially over, matric weekend has been celebrated and now to find out the matric results… The release of the matric results on the 5th of January in 2017 seems like a far off reality. The last thing you need to worry about is figuring out HOW you’re going to check your results as soon as they’re released.Β 

Have no fear. We’re here to help.

Ways to Check your Matric Results

There are a few different ways of obtaining your results. Choose the method which is easiest for you and follow the guidelines we provide here πŸ™‚

TAKE NOTE: Matric results are released on the 5th of January in 2017.

Department of Basic Education

One of the first ways to obtain 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 definitely be available on this site.Β 

You will need the following to log in:

  • Exam number (don’t misplace this during the holiday!)
  • Home Language
  • Your personal details (name, surname, etc.)

The Newspaper

Your results will be published in the Newspaper on the day of the results release. It will be in all of the big Newspaper brands, like The Rapport, The Argus and The Star.Β News24 will also have it available online.Β 

Remember it will not be your full results. It will just state whether or not you passed and with what symbol you passed – B for Bachelors Pass, D for Diploma, etc.Β 

Your High School

Two days after the initial results are released, your school will give you your results. This is not the official matric certificate, it is just your results for each subject. You will be able to fetch your official matric certificate in a few months – once it has been printed in full. If you are eager about exact dates you should contact your school to find out further information.Β 

Your Cellphone

You can use your cellphone (or someone else’s) to receive your results.Β SABCΒ has a News Break Matric Results Service which allows you to receive your results as soon as they’re released.Β 

Follow these steps to sign up for the service:

  • SMS your exam number and ID number to 35658
  • There is a once-off cost of R3 when you register
  • As soon as the Department releases the results – you will get your results via sms immediately

Make a Call

You could also opt for the old-school method by giving the department a call on the day that the results are released. Just take note that a lot of matric students will be phoning to find out their results so you might wait for quite a while to get your results.Β 

Dial 082 152 for your results.

Here at EduConnect we wish you the best of luck with your results, your future studies and career. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask us!

If you end up not passing matric or didn’t receive the results you wanted – don’t worry. There are many options for you. You can use an alternative route to obtain your NQF 4, do a bridging course, study an extended degree programme or take a gap year to figure your options out.

We’re here to help and guide you all the way!

69 thoughts on “How to Check your Matric Results”

  1. Hi Mamello. Your old Matric marks aren’t “cancelled” but you can use your new and improved marks to apply. If you only upgraded certain subjects, then you need to submit your old Matric as well as your new marks for those specific subjects. The universities will consider the better mark for your application. πŸ™‚

  2. hi I’m michelene I did my Matric on night school,rote but never received my results need help please.

  3. Hi Michelene πŸ™‚
    Sorry to hear that. If you have completed your matric, receiving the marks and your certificate is important. It is best to contact the school directly. They will be able to assist you with information on the marking process and when you will be able to get your results. All the best!

  4. Hy am Georgina I’ve applied for studying in varsity with old results with the letter to prove that am upgrading. Will my application considered?

  5. Hi Georgina πŸ™‚ They will most likely keep this in mind when considering your application and put it aside until they get your new marks. Remember to send in the new marks as soon as you get it!

  6. Hi Mo πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your query! In general, your matric mark is made up of 25% SBA and 75% your finals mark. However, if your SBA is 10% higher or lower then your finals mark then only your finals exam mark will count. So, if your SBA mark is not so great then this is good news πŸ™‚ All the best!

  7. Hi Andy,
    So if your SBA mark is 70%, for example, and your final exam mark is 60%, then only your final exam mark will be counted, not your SBA. This is an example of what would happen if your SBA mark is 10% (or more) HIGHER than your final exam mark.if your final percentage for your SBA is 40%, for example and your final exam mark is 55% then only your final exam mark will be counted and not your SBA. This is an example of your SBA being 10% (or more) LOWER than your final exam mark. So there is motivation for you to get an exam mark that is is higher than your SBA. I hope this makes sense πŸ™‚

  8. Hi good people
    What would happend if I was improving certain subjects and I end up downgrading instead of upgrading??? Am trying to say if I got the less marks compared to the previous marks, are they going to take the previous or the current marks when I took my results to the department of education???

  9. Hi there,

    They will take your improved marks πŸ™‚ So if you do rewrite your matric subjects and don’t end up improving the marks you can use the marks you did the best in (from either your previous or current marks).

    Good luck πŸ™‚

  10. Hi
    please advice me, what will happen if as an upgrading student, U apply to university but did not indicate on the application that you are an upgrading student. Will they be aware that you are upgrading??

  11. Hi Don,

    To make sure I would suggest you contact the institution just to make sure they have the correct information for your application. πŸ™‚

  12. Alright Thanx. I jst found out that some will know, others won’t. so if u ddnt tell them, its not a train smash. Thanx again guys, this site is relevant an was a lot of help.

  13. It’s the 14th December and i haven’t applied to any varsity,is it possible for me to get to varsity in January?

  14. Another question is that when they say 10% for SBA must not be higher or lower what are they referring to? if i got 50% for final and my SBA is 10% What will happen?

  15. Hi ,im improving my marks this year and I also applay at some varsities. So now eary in January what are the statement that i will be cary when im looking for varsity? Or DBE will also give me some evidence that show about me

  16. Hi. I see the results are released on the 5th Jan. All the methods to check the results require the exam number. My son didnt save his. How can he still get his results without his exam number?

  17. I have a son who failed matric .I want to repeat matric is it possible for him to repeat all his subjects

  18. Last year I did matric then my results was incomplete.this year I decided to repeat grade12 full time and full my 2015 results may be destroyed?

  19. Hello
    I wanted to know if, in January during registration day, I can change the course or qualification I applied for.Even if they aren’t in the same faculty as those I was admitted to. I realised what I actually wanted during the holidays and I’m not planning to study things I find uninteresting.


  20. Hy
    This year I was upgrading mathematics and I applied at a certain institution so it happened that I got accepted for my 2nd choice, but I really wanted the 1st choice. ..My question is, is it possible that my 1st choice application would be considered once my mathematics results comes out?

  21. Hy
    This year I was upgrading mathematics and I applied at a certain institution so it happened that I got accepted for my 2nd choice, but I really wanted the 1st choice. ..My question is, is it possible that my 1st choice application would be considered once my mathematics results comes out?

  22. I’m Dudu I want to know if I I’ve applied on varsity in a latest application then they don’t respond according to my results how can I do?

  23. Hi i want to ask . I did my matric in 2015 and i did not pass well i did matric again in 2016 , so what will happen to my old results if i don’t improve.

  24. hi i`m Ndodie from pe…if you have passed your matric along time ago and you went to improve your results, do they combine the new results with old ones..and issue a new matric certificate or…?

  25. Hi I am Thembela I want to ask that if I happend to apply on time at certain Universities but couldn’t pay the registration fee on time, due to financial issues , what will happen to me if I go to do self application in those universities

  26. Hi Mimi πŸ™‚
    So each subject’s final mark is calculated using 25% of the Internal School-based Assessments (SBA). This mark is given to you by your school and is made up of all class work, assignments, tests and exams done throughout the year. The other 75% is from the external final exam – except for LO (life orientation), which is 100% internal assessment. I hope this helps πŸ™‚

  27. Hi George,
    In this case, your final mark will be made up of 25% SBA and 75% of the final exam mark. The reason for this being that the SBA is relatively close to the final exam mark. It would only not be considered if the SBA mark is 10% lower than the final exam mark. I hope this helps πŸ™‚

  28. Hi there, i was upgrading last year so i wanna know whether I’ll be able to get my results online or not.

  29. Hi George,
    So if your SBA mark is 10% higher or lower than your final exam mark then the SBA will not be used. In your query, the SBA mark is more than 10% less than the final exam mark so only the final exam mark will be used. I hope this makes sense and is helpful πŸ™‚

  30. Hi Warren,
    If the SBA is not used then your final mark will only be made of your final exam mark. All the best! πŸ™‚

  31. Hi Caronessa,
    The best way for your son to get his results is to go to his high school. His exam number should be on the system and can be accessed using his ID number. He will not be able to get his results using the other popular methods without an exam number. All the best for the release of the results! πŸ™‚

  32. Hi Aya,
    Thank you for your query. You will need to have your improved results as well as all the other requirements stated by the institution you are applying to. Wishing you all the best! πŸ™‚

  33. Hi Maseko,
    Thank you for your query. Yes, it is possible for him to re-do his matric. If he is unwilling or unable to return to the same school, there are private institutions such as Damelin or Abbotts College that will allow him to do his matric through correspondence or to attend classes everyday. Wishing you and your son all the best!

  34. Hi Decious,
    Thank you for your query. If you have a bachelor’s pass you will be able to able to study towards a degree. This is awarded if you have not failed any subjects and have 50% or more for at least three subjects. A diploma pass means you will be able to study towards a diploma. This pass allows for the failure of one subject as long as there is a year mark for that subject. Both your home and additional languages need to be at a minimum level of 40% as well as two other subjects. I hope this helps πŸ™‚

  35. Hi Jimmy,
    Thanks for your query. If your SBA mark is 10% less than your final exam mark, only the final exam mark will be used. If you have a final exam mark is 80% or above, this would mean that you would get a distinction. I hope this helps. All the best! πŸ™‚

  36. Hi Luyanda,
    Thanks for your query! Well done on re-doing matric! The results that you received in 2016 will be the results that you can use going forward. So your 2015 results are no longer relevant πŸ™‚

  37. Hi Kay,
    Thank you for your query. Your exam paper will be marked as long as you have correctly labelled the questions you are answering in your answer book. This ensures that the markers know which question you were answering. I hope this puts your mind at ease πŸ™‚

  38. Hi Sinakho,
    Thank you for your query. Yes, it is possible to change institutions while you are studying, as long as the institution you are switching to offers the course you are studying. All the best! πŸ™‚

  39. Hi πŸ™‚ Unfortunately you need your exam number to log in to the site or to send the sms. Perhaps phone your school and ask them to fax/email your results to you.

  40. Hi there,
    Thank you for your query. Congratulations on your acceptance. A selection test is used to determine your basic knowledge related to the course you will be studying. It is more for them to get an understanding of your knowledge level. I hope this puts your mind at ease. All the best! πŸ™‚

  41. Hi there,
    Thank you for your query!
    This might be difficult since different faculties have different entry requirements. You would need to discuss this at the office of the faculty you applied to. They will be able to advise you further, depending on the entry requirements, registration dates and space in the faculty you would like to move to. Wishing you all the best! πŸ™‚

  42. Hi Siphelele πŸ™‚
    Thank you for your query! The best thing to do is contact NMMU directly. They will be able to give you your application status immediately. All the best! πŸ™‚

  43. Hi there,
    Thanks for your query! If you would like to make adjustments to your application, you will need to check with your institution that you have applied to. In general, whether additions will be permitted will depend on the type of information you would like to add. All the best! πŸ™‚

  44. Hi Dudu,

    Thanks for your email πŸ™‚ If you still haven’t received an answer from the institution you’ve applied to I would suggest you contact the institution directly either by phoning or by physically heading to the campus.

  45. Hi Mthunzi,

    If you apply to any institution they will use your best marks. If you didn’t improve and your old marks are better than the improved ones, they will then use your old marks πŸ™‚ So don’t worry about that!

  46. Hi πŸ™‚ You can send the institution an email with your new maths results and ask them to reconsider your application with your new results. This does not guarantee you will get accepted, but it will increase your chances if they have space in that course. Contact them ASAP!

  47. Hi Thembela πŸ™‚

    You’ll probably need to pay a late application fee. But the best is to query with the institution you applied to!

    All the best!

  48. Hi there,

    Thanks for your query πŸ™‚

    You can still improve your matric subjects through various institutions. Once the subjects have been rewritten they will hand you a new document with your improved marks. It is then up to you whether or not you want to use your old marks or your new ones.

    Have a look at some options on how to improve your matric subjects.

    Good luck!

  49. Hi Carol πŸ™‚ SBA stands for School Based Assessment. This means that if a mark is SBA the school gave you marks based on their marking and assessment sheets. When working out your final matric results – 25% of it is your SBA marks from school and 75% is from your final exam marked by the government. I hope this makes sense?

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