Matric Results

The long-awaited moment has finally arrived – the unveiling of the matric results for the year 2023! There a numerous ways you can get your hands on them, stay tuned as we guide you through it.

How Can I Get My Matric Results?

You have finished your exams, which was the hard part. Now, let us make it easy to check your scores. There are several simple ways to get your matric results:

Department of Basic Education Website

  1. Go to their website.
  2. Enter your exam number.
  3. Fill in the required information.
  4. Click “Search.”
  5. Your results will show up on the screen.

Mobile Device Services

Using your mobile phone is convenient. Here is how:

USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data)

  1. Dial *120*45856#.
  2. Enter your exam number.
  3. Your results will be sent to your phone when they’re ready.

Note: There is a small fee for this service, so make sure you have enough money on your phone.

SMS (Short Message Service)

  1. Open your SMS app.
  2. Send a message to 45856.
  3. Put your exam number in the message.
  4. Wait for your results to come back.

Note: You will be charged R1.50 airtime for every minute you use this service.

MatricsMates App

  1. Download the MatricsMates App from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.
  2. Open the app.
  3. Enter your ID and exam number.
  4. See your results.

Bonus: This method is free of charge!

Online Publications

You can also check your results online through websites like:

  • News24
  • IOL
  • EWN
  • Matric College
  • TimesLive

In Person

If you prefer physical proof, you can visit your high school or the exam center where you took your tests to collect your matric results in person.

What Were The Provincial Pass Rates?

Are you curious to see what previous pass rates looked like? Here is what you have missed:

Province

2020

2021 

2022 

2023

Eastern Cape

68.1%

73%

77.3%

81.42%

Free State

85.1%

85.7%

88.5%

89.03%

Gauteng

83.3%

82.8%

84.4%

85.38%

KwaZulu-Natal

77.6%

76.8%

83%

86.36%

Limpopo

68.2%

66.7%

72.1%

79.54%

Mpumalanga

73.7%

73.6%

76.8%

76.95%

Northern Cape

66%

71.4%

74.2%

81.63%

North West

76.2%

78.2%

79.8%|

75.84%

Western Cape

79.9%

81.2%

81.4%

81.54%

What Are The Requirements To Pass Matric?

Passing matric involves different levels of achievement. Let us explore what they are and what they mean:

National Senior Certificate Pass

  • 40% in your Home Language
  • 30% in two other subjects
  • 30% in three other subjects

Allows for failing one subject, but aiming higher is recommended.

Higher Certificate Pass

  • 40% in your Home Language
  • 40% in two other subjects
  • 30% in four other subjects
  • Requires passing at least 6 out of 7 subjects.

Diploma Pass

  • 40% in your Home Language
  • 40% in four other subjects
  • 30% in two other subjects

Bachelor’s Pass

  • 40% in your Home Language
  • 50% in four subjects
  • 30% in two other subjects

What If I Am Not Happy With My Matric Results?

Disappointment in matric results is not the end. Here are options to improve:

  1. Matric Rewrite: Re-sit exams after registration and thorough preparation.
  2. Matric Upgrade: Improve specific subjects’ marks through focused study and re-examination.
  3. Supplementary Exams: For less than three failed subjects.
  4. Remarking: Apply for a recheck if you think there was an error.

What Can I Do If I Failed My Matric?

Failing matric is a setback, not a dead-end. Consider these options:

  1. Self-Reflection: Understand personal challenges and seek support.
  2. Re-Marking: Apply for a second marking of your papers.
  3. Supplementary Exams: Write exams for up to three failed subjects.
  4. Second Chance Program: A DBE initiative with various learning methods.
  5. TVET College: Obtain a National Certificate Vocational for a grade 12 equivalent qualification.

Author: Roegshana Pamplin
Editor: Caitlin Roux
Date Published: January 12, 2024