Grade 12 Study Guide And Exam Timetable

Grade 12 Exam Timetable:

The exam timetable for the Matric final exams of 2022 has been confirmed. 

Below you will find the exam timetable as well as links to all the Grade 12 Past Papers that you will need to prepare for your exams.

Week 1 





English HL P1 (2hrs)

English FAL P1 (2hrs) 

English SAL P1 (2hrs)

Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu HL P1 (2hrs)

Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu FAL P1 (2hrs)

Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu SAL P1 (2hrs)

Hebrew SAL P1 (2hrs)

German HL, SAL P1 (2hrs)



Economics P1 (2hrs)

Arabic, French, Italian, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Serbian, Spanish SAL P1 (2hrs)

Latin SAL (3hrs) 

Portuguese HL, FAL, SAL P1 (2hrs) 



Afrikaans HL P1 (2hrs) 

Afrikaans FAL P1 (2hrs)

Afrikaans SAL P1 (2hrs)

Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu HL P2 (2 ½ hrs)

Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu FAL P2 (2hrs)

Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu SAL P2 (2hrs)

Hebrew SAL P2 (2hrs) 

German HL P2 (2 ½ hrs), SAL P2 (2hrs)



History P1 (3hrs)

Engineering Graphics and Design P1 (3hrs)



Mathematics P1 (3hrs)

Mathematical Literacy P1 (3hrs)

Technical Mathematics P1 (3hrs)

Arabic, French, Italian, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Serbian, Spanish SAL P2 (2hrs)

Portuguese HL P2 (2 ½ hrs), FAL, SAL P2 (2hrs)

Equine Studies (3hrs)

Week 2 





Mathematics P2 (3hrs)

Mathematical Literacy P2 (3hrs)

Technical Mathematics P2 (3hrs)

Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu HL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

Portuguese, German HL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

Portuguese FAL P3 (2 ½ hrs)



IsiZulu, IsiXhosa HL/FAL, Siswati HL/FAL, IsiNdebele HL P1 (2hrs), FAL P1 (2hrs), SAL P1 (2hrs)

Economics P2 (2hrs)

Maritime Economics (3hrs)



Sepedi HL/FAL/SAL, Sesotho HL/FAL/SAL, Setswana HL/FAL/SAL, Xitsonga HL/FAL/SAL, Tshivenda HL/FAL/SAL P1 (2hrs)

South African Sign Language HL P1 (2hrs)

Computer Applications Tech P2 (Theory) (3hrs)



History P2 (3hrs)

Information Technology P2 (Theory) (3hrs)



Physical Sciences (Physics) P1 (3hrs)

Technical Sciences P1 (3hrs)

Religion Studies P1 (2hrs)

Marine Science P1 (2 ½ hrs)

Week 3





Physical Sciences (Chemistry) P2 (3hrs)

Technical Sciences P2 (1 ½ hrs)

Religion Studies P2 (2hrs)

Marine Science P2 (2 ½ hrs)



Geography (Climate and Weather, Geomorphology and Mapwork) P1 (3hrs)

Dance Studies (3hrs)



Accounting P1 (2hrs)

Engineering Graphics and Design P2 (3hrs)



English HL P2 (2 ½ hrs)

English FAL P2 (2 ½ hrs)

English SAL P2 (1 ½ hrs)

Civil Technology (3hrs)



Life Sciences P1 (2 ½ hrs)

Visual Arts (3hrs)

Week 4 





Life Sciences P2 (2 ½  hrs)

Electrical Technology (3hrs)



Sepedi HL/FAL, Sesotho HL/FAL, Setswana HL/FAL, Xitsonga HL/FAL, Tshivenda HL/FAL P2 (2 ½ hrs), SAL P2 (1 ½ hrs)

South Africa Sign Language P2 (2 ½ hrs)

Geography (Rural and Urban Settlement, Economic Geomorphology of SA and Mapwork) P2 (3hrs)



IsiZulu, IsiXhosa HL/FAL, Siswati HL/FAL, IsiNdebele HL P2 (2 ½ hrs), FAL P2 (2 ½ hrs), SAL P2 (1 ½ hrs)

Business Studies P1 (2hrs)



Afrikaans HL P2 (2 ½ hrs) 

Afrikaans FAL P2 (2 ½ hrs)

Afrikaans SAL P2 (1 ½ hrs)

Tourism (3hrs)



Accounting P2 (2hrs)

Agricultural Sciences P1 (2 ½ hrs)

Nautical Science P1 (3hrs)

Sport and Exercise Science (3hrs)

Week 5





IsiZulu, IsiXhosa HL/FAL, Siswati HL/FAL, IsiNdebele HL P3 (3 hrs), FAL P3 (2 ½ hrs), SAL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

Agricultural Sciences P2 (2 ½ hrs)

Nautical Science P2 (3hrs)



Sepedi HL/FAL, Sesotho HL/FAL, Setswana HL/FAL, Xitsonga HL/FAL, Tshivenda HL/FAL P3 (3 hrs), FAL P3 (2 ½ hrs), SAL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

South African Sign Language P3 (3hrs)

Business Studies P2 (2hrs)



English HL P3 (3hrs)

English FAL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

English SAL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

Mechanical Technology (3hrs)



Consumer Studies (3hrs)

Hospitality Studies (3hrs)

Design (3hrs)



Afrikaans HL P3 (3 hrs) 

Afrikaans FAL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

Afrikaans SAL P3 (2 ½ hrs)

Agricultural Management Practices (3hrs)

Week 6





Music P1 Theory (3hrs)

Music P2 Comprehension (1 ½ hrs)



Dramatic Arts (3hrs)

Agricultural Technology (3hrs)



CAT rewrite (3hrs) Practical

IT rewrite (3hrs) Practical 









Monday, 5 September 

Life Orientation (LO CAT) (2 ½ hrs)

Tuesday 25 October

Computer Applications Tech P1 (3hrs) Practical

Wednesday 26 October

Information Technology P1 (3hrs) Practical

16 August to 14 October

Performing Arts Practical 

6 October to 15 October

Visual Arts and Design Practical 

Grade 12 Study Guide 

In Grade 12, it is important that you have a proper study guide as Grade 12 subjects have a lot to cover.

This article will provide you with the tips and tricks that will help you. The key to achieving good marks in Matric is to study effectively. Here are a few tips on how to study for your Grade 12 exams:

  • Start studying early
  • Make use of Grade 12 past papers
  • Create an effective study plan
  • Create a good study environment
  • Do your homework
  • Find a study method that works for you
  • Attend extra classes or get yourself a tutor
  • Familiarise yourself with exam terminology
  • Take breaks in between studying
  • Time management
  • Set realistic goals and expectations for yourself

Start Studying Early

It is important that you do not start studying the night before the exams, as Grade 12 has a lot of content to cover. 

If you start studying early, you will feel more prepared for your upcoming exams. Studying the night before could result in stress and anxiety, which makes it difficult to concentrate. That is why it is best for you to start studying within the first term of Grade 12. 

You could start studying the work that has been covered in the first term. This way, you would be making it easier for yourself regarding the amount of work that will be covered by the end of the year. 


Making Use Of Grade 12 Past Papers

Grade 12 past papers might be hard to find, as they are the most common papers that are used and searched for. To make it easier for you, here is a website that has all the past papers that you will need.

Making use of past papers can help you understand exam terminology much more easily. This will help you manage your time effectively,  and manage how much time you can spend on one question. 

Here is a list of the past papers that are available on this website:

Using past papers to study will basically be revision. Past papers can also help you prepare for the upcoming Grade 12 trial examinations and the final examination. 


Create An Effective Study Plan

Creating an effective study plan can help with managing your time and subjects. When creating a study plan, you will be able to study the majority of your subjects ahead of time. Instead of feeling under pressure when the time comes for your examination. 

When creating a study plan, it is important that you follow through with what you are going to study and when. You will need to be disciplined, in order to not be easily distracted.


Create A Good Study Environment

When studying, it is important that you are in a quiet and peaceful environment. Studying in this type of environment will help you to focus. 

Within your study environment, you should have all your study material so that you do not disrupt your study method by having to get up. Your studying environment should have no electronics. 


Do Your Homework

Doing your homework will benefit you a lot, as it helps you to familiarise yourself with the work that you have learnt thus far. 

When in class, you might not be able to concentrate as much because your friends and peers might be a distraction. But when you are doing your homework at home, you will be able to focus more and will be able to figure out what you do and do not understand. 


Find An Effective Study Method

There are many study methods available for you to choose from. It is important that you find one that works best for you. Do not use a specific method because your friend is using it, what works for your friend might not work for you. 

Therefore, it is important that you start studying early in the year so that you have the time to go through the different study methods and find which one works best for you. Here is a list of study methods that you can use:

  • Parrot Method
  • Self-explanation
  • Practice testing
  • Elaborative interrogation 
  • Mind mapping


Attend Extra Classes Or Get A Tutor

Attending extra classes for the subjects that you struggle with will help you to have a better understanding and achieve much better marks at the end of the year. This will help reduce stress.

If you do still find it difficult to understand your work, then consider getting a tutor. Perhaps a tutor that gives one-on-one lessonsand focuses on what it is that you are struggling with. 


Familiarise Yourself With Exam Terminology

By familiarising yourself with exam terminology, you will be doing yourself a favour. Many students seem to lose marks on simple questions, all because they do not know the meaning of specific words. 

Knowing exam terminology is important because you will then be able to answer questions easily and spend less time on the questions that only have a mark allocation of two. By doing this, you will have more time on your hands to answer the lengthy questions. 

Here are some of the exam terms and meanings:

  • Analyse: This means that you need to pay attention to the detail, and explain how each part fits into the whole
  • Calculate: You must use figures to work out your answer
  • Account for: You need to explain the reason or process as to why something is the way it is
  • Argue: This is based on your personal point of view – beliefs, facts and opinions 
  • Compare: This means that you should point out the similarities and differences between two things or more
  • Comment: Explain, discuss or criticise
  • Classify: This means to divide into types or groups, so that the things that are similar are in the same group
  • Contrast: This means to give attributes or characteristics about how events, people, objects or concepts are different
  • Conjecture: This means to estimate, infer or guess
  • Define: This means to give meanings in your own words
  • Deduce: This means that you have to draw conclusions 
  • Describe: This means that you have to use adjectives to show shape, size, use, characteristics and colour
  • Discuss: This means that you should use examples and details to explain the topic
  • Demonstrate: Explain how to do something using steps
  • Explain: To describe something by giving reasons
  • Extract: Means to choose details that have relevance
  • Evaluate: This requires you to present something listing the advantages and disadvantages
  • Forecast: What you think will happen in the future
  • Factors: Give influences, features, reasons or causes
  • Give/provide: You should only write down facts
  • Give a reason: You should give reasons as to why something is the way it is
  • Identify: You should name important characteristics
  • Indicate: Make something known or point out
  • Motivate: Explain your answer and give reasons
  • Mention: This means that you should refer to relevant points
  • Suggest: Offer a solution or explanation
  • Support your answer: Give an explanation, reasons or examples


Taking Breaks In Between Studying

Taking breaks in between studying is key to not overworking yourself. Breaks are important because they help stimulate the brain, and give you the opportunity to rest. 

However, it is important that you spend your break doing something that you enjoy, such as; going for a jog/walk, speaking to your friends or watching your favourite movie or show. Do not forget that you still do need to get back to studying after your break.


Time Management

Managing your time effectively while studying will help you to estimate how much time you need for certain questions and exam papers. It is important that you do past papers under strict exam conditions, as it will help you mentally prepare for your actual exam.

Time management helps to prevent stress because you will have more time for longer questions.


What Have We Learnt?

Ultimately, based on this article, we have learnt that it is important to know how to study for upcoming exams. Using an effective study method can benefit you in many ways, as it is the key to achieving better marks at the end of the year. Lastly, set realistic and achievable goals for yourself and the Grade 12 year.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no easy way to pass Grade 12. In order to pass, you need to put in the work and effort. Be determined and committed to your studies, join groups, get tutoring assistance and start studying early.

You can pass Grade 12 with distinctions by focusing in class and studying hard. Answer all the exam questions in full and make sure to check the mark allocation so that you would know whether to elaborate or not.

There is no way to pass without studying. Studying will help you remember the things that will be asked in exams. Studying is the key to achieving the marks that you expect at the end of the year.

Start studying the hardest subject first, the easiest subject you should leave for last. When you study the hardest subject first, you will feel much more relieved when it comes to the exams. 

Author: Arusha Fisher
Editor: Arusha Fisher
Date Published: October 3, 2022

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