You have worked very hard to get to Matric, and you should be very proud of yourself! Getting a Matric shows that you are serious about your future and your career. Your final examination period can be a very stressful time. But what you put in, is what you will get out. You have come this far; you cannot quit now. Prepare well for your exams and achieve better results.
- You must be registered by the 15th of March to write your final examinations that same year.
- Final exams are conducted between October and December every year.
How to get prepared:
1. Give yourself plenty of time to study and prepare, start at least a month in advance. See our study tips for more advice.
2. Make sure you review everything covered in your curriculum. The curriculum study guides are a great tool to help you understand the context of each matric subject. You can find the guides here: https://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/MindtheGapStudyGuides/tabid/670/Default.aspx
3. Past Matric exam papers and memo’s (memorandums) are the closest examples to your final exams and will give you a good indication of what to expect. Go through the papers and take note of:
- Main topics you’ll need to focus on and go through.
- How questions will be asked and structured.
- The types of questions asked.
- How you should answer the questions and what information is important to include in your answer - the memo’s will give you a good indication.
- How many marks every question and section are worth. It will give you an indication of which topics and questions are more important.
- Remember, the exam papers change every year. You should only use the past papers as a tool to help you study. Do not depend on the past papers alone to study.
- The memos will provide you with the ideal answers and what important points you should include in your answers.
- You can find past examinations here: https://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/NationalSeniorCertificate(NSC)Examinations/tabid/338/Default.aspx
- For the less popular subjects, past examination papers can be found here: https://www.teachme2.co.za/matric-past-papers
4. Use the people around you for help:
- Create a study group.
- Double check to see if you understand your work with your teacher.
- Try to get a tutor or older learner to help you with subjects that you find difficult.
5. Use the Internet: Ask Google for help.
- Search the questions and main topics for more insight.
- Read the Wikipedia page.
- Watch videos on youtube and subscribe to Advantage Learn which will prepare you for your exams. You can subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ6k3RQSDkk7gzDFroxG8sA/featured
- Go onto the Sparknotes websites for literature reviews.
- Browse through an online encyclopaedia.