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.

Please note:

  • 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

The examination period is a very stressful time - being prepared can make all the difference. Ensure that you allocate enough time to prepare and study. Remember, what you put in is what you will get out. Your results will be a reflection of your efforts.

Good luck 2017 matriculants!