Can I rewrite my matric exams? All you need to know about the 2022 NSC June supplementary exams

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Here's everything you need to know about the NSC June 2022 supplementary exams.
Here's everything you need to know about the NSC June 2022 supplementary exams.

It's been several years since the supplementary exams were moved from the usual February/March dates to a later starting date in May/June.

This, according to the Department of Basic Education, was to give the matriculants more time to prepare and hopefully boost their results. 

Another considerable change made was to increase the number of subjects candidates were able to rewrite. This meant that instead of two subjects, matriculants would be permitted to write as many as needed. 

So whether a pupil is hoping to pass a failed subject or increase previous results to become eligible for entrance to their desired tertiary-level courses, the supplementary exams offer a second chance. 

Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 NSC June supplementary exams. 

Must see: Download past matric exam papers for free here 


While the supplementary exams have introduced more leniency, there are certain conditions to note. 

What subjects can I rewrite?  

A candidate can only register for and rewrite those subjects written during their previous year-end exams. 

I was absent during the November exams. Can I rewrite the papers I missed? 

A previously absent candidate who missed one or more of their exams due to illness, a family death or other circumstances (e.g. religious/cultural obligation) may register. If absent for different reasons, a candidate must provide a written statement from their principal explaining the reason for absenteeism when registering. Previously absent candidates can opt to write only the missed exam or complete all the examination question papers. 

My results are currently being investigated. What are my options? 

A candidate whose results are being investigated will be granted provisional eligibility to write the June exams pending the outcome of the investigation.

Also see: What do I do about my disappointing matric results?

What documents do I need when registering? 

The required documentation includes:

  • Your statement of results
  • Certified copy of ID or passport
  • For previously absent candidates, all applicable supporting documentation, e.g. medical or death certificate, a written statement from principal etc. 

You'll be able to register at your local Education District Office or online via the e-Government Portal

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2022.

I don't qualify. What do I do now? 

There are several options to try if you don't fulfil the above criteria, this includes: 

  • If younger than 21, you can re-enrol as a full-time pupil at a school and complete your NSC. 
  • Enrol at a Public Adult Education Centre and complete your NSC part-time. 
  • Register for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination (if 21 and older)
  • Try vocational education and training via a Further Education and Training (FET) college. 


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