matric results 2018 release date

The Matric Results 2018 for the 2017 Matric Class will be officially released by the Minister of Education on the 4th of January 2018. Students will be able to get their results at their schools, or at the centres where they wrote their exams; on 5 January 2018.  Get all the links to the National and the Provincial Results here.

The release dates are as follows:

National Senior Certificate: 4 January 2018

The Independent Examination Board (IEB) Exams: 3 January 2018

Matric exams are officially over, matric weekend has been celebrated and now to find out the matric result. The last thing you need to worry about is figuring out HOW you’re going to check your results as soon as they’re released.

Where Can You Get Your Matric Results?

Matric Results 2018

Matric Exam Results 2018

National Senior Certificate

Online you can get your results from the website of the Department of Education.

To get your results online, you need your Exam Number, Home Language, Name, Surname and Contact Details.

Independent Examination Board (IEB)

The IEB Matric Exam Results will be available on the IEB website.

Provincial Departments of Education

You might also find your results on the website of the Department of Education of your province.

Northern Cape
Eastern Cape
Free State
Western Cape
North West

Telephone numbers for Provincial and National Departments of Education

National office: (012) 312 5845/6/7

Eastern Cape: (043) 604 7709/73

Free State: (051) 404 8000

Gauteng: (011) 355 0588

KwaZulu Natal: (031) 327 0538/0331

Limpopo: (015) 290 7747/7830

Mpumalanga: (013) 766 0033

Northern Cape: (053) 839 6585

North West: (018) 384 3100/51

Western Cape: (021) 467 2483

Department of Basic Education

One of the first ways to obtain your results is to log onto the Department of Basic Education’s website below. If you attended a public/government school, then your results will definitely be available on this site.

You will need the following to log in:

  • Exam number
  • Home Language
  • Your personal details (name, surname, etc.)

Your Cellphone

Follow these steps to sign up for the service:

  • SMS your exam number and ID number to 35658
  • There is a once-off cost of R3 when you register
  • As soon as the Department releases the results – you will get your results via sms immediately

Make a Call

Dial 082 152 for your results.

The Newspaper

It will be in all of the big Newspaper brands for example:

  • The Rapport
  • The Argus
  • The Star
  • And online at
Matric Results 2018

Matric Results 2018

Your High School

Two days after the initial results are released, your school will give you your results. (Note: This isn’t your official matric certificate)

Latest News: Umalusi Approves Matric Results

On Friday (29 December 2017) the Umalusi council approved the results for the Matric Class of 2017. For the first time in many years, there were not leaked papers.

Umalusi says that the quality of student answers has improved. And that marks has increased overall. So here is to a better result that you might expect!

Watch the Umalusi announcement on YouTube

What to do if you have failed Matric

The first step that you need to take is to determine why you failed your exams. Think about it and be extremely honest with yourself. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I go out on the town or sit around watching TV when I should have been studying?
  • Did I think I was too cool  to study and now I regret it?
  • Did I study hard enough?
  • Did I participate in class throughout the year or did I try to make up everything at the end of the year?
  • Did I think it was going to be easy and I didn’t put the effort in?
  • Did I become frustrated and give up?
  • Was I too sick to write my exams or was there a personal crisis in my life that prevented me from finishing?

Once you have figured out the reason that you failed you can move onto the next step.

What Are My Next Steps?

Now that you have figured out where you went wrong you can take steps to improve your situation. This process is not difficult but it does take a lot of time to do this. So what are your options?

Register For A Course Right Here

You can check out our courses right here at Home Study College. This would be great for those of you who are looking to get into the corporate field with accredited courses from the ICB. The great thing about this option is that you do not need a Matric certificate in order to gain these qualifications.

Sign Up at Skills Academy

We are a Distance Learning College that offers a wide range of courses that are accredited and non-accredited. We also offer courses to students that don’t have a matric certificate.  For more information CLICK to find out more.

Now that you have figured out where you went wrong you can take steps to improve your situation. This process is not difficult but it does take a lot of time to do this. So what are your options?

Go Back To School

Not everybody gets to write Matric, and of those that do write Matric over 50% fail. You are not alone. If you absolutely have to get a Matric the only way to do that is to go back to school. You can approach your nearest high school and talk to the principal to find out what options they can offer you. You can also register for an ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) course ABET courses give you a Matric equivalent qualification or courses to study without matric.

Get Your Papers Remarked

You could apply to have your papers remarked.  Remarking is expensive so it’s only recommended if you honestly feel you did better than the mark you got. This means that you will not rewrite your exam but you will ask that it gets marked again. Also be sure to check your local newspapers for the re-marking deadline date and fees.  Students from no-fee schools may not have to pay application fees.

Write A Supplementary Exam

If you have failed less than 3 subjects, you may apply to write supplementary exams.  Deadline date to apply is usually near the end of January.Supplementary exams are FREE! If you need more information you can get hold of the Department of Education via their website or  or phone them on 0800 202 933.

Repeat The Year

If you feel that re-doing your Matric will help you in the long run, then you will need to repeat the year. Talk to the principal of your school to find out how to do this. This way you can rewrite your exams next year and if you have correctly identified why you failed in the first place, you can pass your exams the second time around or you can apply for courses to study without matric.

Register For an Adult Based Education and Training Course

If you missed out on your opportunity to get a Matric Certificate, then there are many other courses to study without matric. Some of them are promoted as “Matric Equivalent” qualifications. So before you sign up for a Matric Equivalent Qualification, you must make sure you understand how such a qualification compares to a Matric Certificate.There are many institutions that can offer a quality curriculum and assessment in accordance with the regulations of the government. These institutions need to be registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and students need to meet the entrance requirements of the institution.  Contact Umalusi here: to find out which Adult Based Education and Training Institution is best for you.

Register For A Course That Does Not Need A Matric

If you feel like this will take too long, you might be wondering if you can study a course that does not need a Matric. Yes! You can! There is a wide selection of courses to study without matric. If you are over the age of 16, can read and write in English,  and you have a Grade 10 or Grade 11 certificate then you can register for one of these great courses with Skills Academy and start your courses to study without matric immediately.

IEB (Independant Assessment Body) Students

The IEB results will be released at midnight on 2 January 2018.

IEB Students can get their results online here:

IEB Students can also get their results via SMS. To get your results via SMS you need to register by sending and MSS to 35135 between 1 October and 13 December 2017. IEB students must use the following text in the message: Results Examination Number Birth Date (ccyymmdd)

Second Chances – NSC Matric Rewrites 2018

The Matric Rewrite information has not yet been released. But based on what happened in the past, we can expect that:

If you fail less than 3 subjects you may apply to write supplementary exams

Supplementary exams are usually free

Supplementary exams will most likely be in February and March 2018

IEB Students – Supplementary Exams 2018


The closing date for IEB re-marks and re-checks is Wednesday, 10 January 2018.  Results for re-marks/re-checks will be available on  5 February 2018.

Supplementary examinations

The closing date for IEB learners who qualify for the supplementary examinations is 12 February 2018. The results will be released on 29 March 2018.

Re-Issue of Matric Certificates

Candidates have up to 12 months from the date that a certificate is issued, to apply for corrections. Your certificate will only be changed if you return the original.

You can also get a Statement of Results, as an interim record, while waiting on your corrected certificate.

If your particulars (information) has changed, then The Department of Basic Education or provincial department of education will re-issue a matric certificate with changed particulars under certain conditions.

Replacing a lost Matric Certificate

If you have lost your original certificate, or if it has gotten lost, you can apply for a replacement certificate. You can request a Statement of Results while you wait for your replacement certificate.

Combine your Credits from more than one Matric Exam Sitting

If you wrote matric in more than one sitting (often in more than one year), and you want to combine your academic credits to qualify for a National Certificate, note the following:

You must apply for a replacement certificate:change of status

Your credits are not automatically combined

If you took a supplementary exam, your credits are automatically combined

Find out more at the Department of Basic Education.

Verify your Educational Qualifications

You (or your employer) can verify your qualifications on the National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD). Here is the SAQA Verification Service.


Written By: Robin Louw

Last Updated: May 07, 2018


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