Supplementary exams: everything you need to know
With the deadline for supplementary exam applications looming, make sure you know what is required from you.

By now you would have applied for a remark, recheck or to write a supplementary exam. 

The dates for the 2018 NSC supplementary exams are 19 February to 27 March. 

You qualify for a supplementary exam if you:

  • Need a maximum of 2 subjects to meet the NSC requirements.
  • Need a higher grade to be able to apply for your chosen course or university.
  • Need to pass 1 subject to qualify for a Bachelor's degree.
  • Were unable to write your final exams because of an illness. 
  • Were unable to write or finish your exam as a result of a death in the family or other reasons.
  • Encountered an irregularity during the time of the NSC final examinations that is being investigated. You will be given provisional enrolment while the verdict is pending.

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Please note:

  • You may only register for supplementary exams if you sat for the 2017 NSC exams.
  • You may only write a supplementary exam for the subjects that you sat for.
  • You need to supply the department with evidence of why you were unable to write your exams or why you need to improve your results. 

The supplementary exams will be written from February to March 2018 and results will be issued by 31 March 2018. You will only be issued with a new certificate if your results have changed. 

Your application must include:

  • State of your results
  • Certified copy of ID or passport
  • Motivational letter to explain why you need to write the exam. 

If you want your exam to be checked or re-marked, you may register online. This option is only available in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape. 

A re-mark means that the original answer script is marked for a second time by a marker. A re-check of your scripts is a further check to ensure that all questions are duly marked and that all marks are correctly calculated.

If you you feel that the mark allocated is not a true reflection of your performance on the papers written, you may submit an application for the re-mark of your scripts. The cost for re-marking is R98 and R23 for rechecking. 

Applications close on 19 January. 

Visit the Department of Basic Education for more information.

You can also visit the nearest office of the Department of Education in your area to enquire about your results or make any other examination-related enquiries you may have. 

Also read: Disappointing matric results? Here are your options

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