So you didn’t do so well in your final exams last year and you’ve registered for the 2019 supplementary exams? Here are a few things you need to know:

Exams have been moved to June

In previous years, matriculants who didn’t do so well in their finals would have to apply to re-write exams in February of the next year. Meaning matriculants had about a month between getting their results and having to sit for the exams again. It’s kind of unlikely that the circumstances leading to you not passing matric would’ve been resolved within a month and because of this, the Department of Education has moved the re-write period to May/June - giving you enough time to prepare.

Learn from your mistakes

A good way to start preparing is to write down all the reasons you think may have caused you to under perform last year. How can you improve? Do you need extra help and guidance? Make use of past exam papers and study guides, join a study group or get yourself a tutor; it’s important to be well-prepared and confident enough to sit for the supplementary exam.

You can still go to university

Once you’ve re-written the subjects you’d initially failed, you can apply to a university with your improved marks. While this does mean you’ll be a year behind some of the people you went to school with, you’ll still get to have the qualification you’ve always wanted, which is what counts.

What happens if you fail the re-write?

It’s not the end of the world. You are still able to re-enrol to supplement next year, or complete a course that’s equivalent to a matric certificate at an FET college. There are also some institutions that don’t require a Grade 12 certificate, like TVET colleges that provide you with vocational and skills training. Whatever you decide to do, remember there are endless options and you can still have a career despite failing matric.

Didn’t qualify for re-writes?

If, for any reason, you don’t qualify for the June supplementary exams, and you’re under the age of 21, then you can enrol as a full-time learner at any government high school. You can also look into FET colleges, or redoing your matric part-time through your nearest Public Adult Education Centre.

Not getting the results you’d hoped for at the end of Grade 12 can be frustrating. Luckily, you can re-do matric and get better results. Remember, this is just a setback and you can still be successful after rewriting the subjects you failed. If you need some extra help or advice, you can always contact us here. Also, take a look at our Downloads section to get your hands on study materials and past papers.

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