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Matric Results: How to Get Them

by Annique Bolliger

Worried about getting your matric certificate? Here’s how to check your 2020 matric results.

Matric exams are officially over, matric weekend has been celebrated and now to find out the matric results…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. Have no fear. We’re here to help.

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Matric Results: Four Ways to Check

1. Online

Bear in mind that website traffic will be high on the release date, so expect delayed response times.

  • Log on to the Department of Basic Education’s website here.

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.)

If you attended a public/government school, then your results will definitely be available on this site.

2. The Newspaper

Your results will be published in the Newspaper on the day of the release of the results. It will be in all of the big Newspaper brands, like The RapportThe Argus and The Star.

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 PassD for Diploma, etc.

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3. Your High School

A day after the initial results are released, your school will give you your results. This is not the official matric certificate, it’s 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 to get exact dates you should contact your school to find out further information.

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4. Your Cell Phone

You can use your cell phone (or someone else’s) to receive your results. SABC Education and the Department of Basic Education have provided a service that allows you to get an SMS with your results.  Yep, it’s pretty awesome!  You can register and have your results sent to you as soon as they are released.  How? You have two options:  

  • Register via SMS
    • Send your ID number and exam number to 35658
    • You’ll get a confirmation SMS once you’ve successfully registered.
    • SMSes cost R1 and free SMSes don’t apply
    • Get your matric results immediately when they are released
  • Use the USSD service
    • Dial *120*35658# on the release date
    • Answer a few multiple questions
    • Enter your ID number 
    • You will get your matric results per subject
    • USSD rates apply

Please note: this matric results service will be available until 31 January 2020.

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.

Dial 082 152 for your results.

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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 program or take a gap year to figure your options out.

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

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