Past matric exam papers: English Home Language (HL)

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* Updated April 2019

English is one of the key exam papers that matric learners write. Here's a collection of past English Home Language (HL) papers plus memos to help you prepare for the matric finals. We'd also like to tell you about our new free Grade 12 study guides. So far we only have free English First Additional Language study guides, but we do have maths, science and many other subjects, and we hope to get English HL for free too.

Before we get to the past papers, here are some more links we hope you'll find useful:

All the best of luck!

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2018 May/June:

2018 English Paper 1 May/June

2018 English Paper 1 Memorandum May/June

2018 English Paper 2 May/June

2018 English Paper 2 Memorandum May/June

2018 English Paper 3 May/June

2018 English Paper 3 Memorandum May/June

2018 Feb/March:

2018 English Paper 1 Feb/March

2018 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March

2018 English Paper 2 Feb/March

2018 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March

2018 English Paper 3 Feb/March

2018 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March

2017 November:

2017 English Paper 1 November

2017 English Paper 1 Memorandum November

2017 English Paper 2 November

2017 English Paper 2 Memorandum November

2017 English Paper 3 November

2017 English Paper 3 Memorandum November 

2017 May/June:

2017 English Paper 1 May/June

2017 English Paper 1 Memorandum May/June

2017 English Paper 2 May/June

2017 English Paper 2 Memorandum May/June

2017 English Paper 3 May/June

2017 English Paper 3 Memorandum May/June*

2017 Feb/March:

2017 English Paper 1 Feb/March 

2017 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March 

2017 English Paper 2 Feb/March 

2017 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March 

2017 English Paper 3 Feb/March 

2017 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March  

2016 October/November:

2016 English Paper 1 November

2016 English Paper 1 Memorandum November

2016 English Paper 2 November

2016 English Paper 2 Memorandum November

2016 English Paper 3 November

2016 English Paper 3 Memorandum November  

2016 ASC May/June:

2016 English Paper 1 May/June

2016 English Paper 1 Memorandum May/June

2016 English Paper 2 May/June

2016 English Paper 2 Memorandum May/June

2016 English Paper 3 May/June

2016 English Paper 3 Memorandum May/June

2016 Feb/March:

2016 English Paper 1 Feb/March 

2016 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March 

2016 English Paper 2 Feb/March 

2016 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March 

2016 English Paper 3 Feb/March 

2016 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March  

2015 November:

2015 English Paper 1 November

2015 English Paper 1 Memorandum November

2015 English Paper 2 November

2015 English Paper 2 Memorandum November

2015 English Paper 3 November

2015 English Paper 3 Memorandum November 

2015 Feb/March:

2015 English Paper 1 Feb/March

2015 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March

2015 English Paper 2 Feb/March

2015 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March

2015 English Paper 3 Feb/March

2015 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March  

2014 November:

2014 English Paper 1 November

2014 English Paper 1 Memorandum November

2014 English Paper 2 November

2014 English Paper 2 Memorandum November

2014 English Paper 3 November

2014 English Paper 3 Memorandum November  

2014 Grade 12 NSC Exemplars:

2014 English Paper 1

2014 English Paper 1 Memorandum

2014 Feb/March:

2014 English Paper 1 Feb/March  

2014 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March  

2014 English Paper 2 Feb/March  

2014 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March  

2014 English Paper 3 Feb/March  

2014 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March  

2013 November:

2013 English Paper 1 November* 

2013 English Paper 1 Memorandum November* 

2013 English Paper 2 November* 

2013 English Paper 2 Memorandum November

2013 English Paper 3 November* 

2013 English Paper 3 Memorandum November*  

2013 Feb/March:

2013 English Paper 1 Feb/March  

2013 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March

2013 English Paper 2 Feb/March  

2013 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March  

2013 English Paper 3 Feb/March  

2013 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March  

2012 November:

2012 February/March:

2012 English Paper 1 Feb/March

2012 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March 

2012 English Paper 2 Feb/March

2012 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March* 

2012 English Paper 3  Feb/March

2012 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March  

2011 November: 

2011 English Paper 1 Nov

2011 English Paper 1 Memorandum November* 

2011 English Paper 2 Nov 

2011 English Paper 2 Memerandum November*  

2011 English Paper 3 Nov 

2011 English Paper 3 Memorandum November* 

2011 February/March:

2011  English Paper 1 Feb/March

2011 English Paper 1 Memorandum Feb/March

2011 English Paper 2 Feb/March

2011 English Paper 2 Memorandum Feb/March

2011 English Paper 3 Feb/March

2011 English Paper 3 Memorandum Feb/March

2009 November:

2009 English Paper 1 

2009 English Paper 1 Memorandum 

2009 English Paper 2  

2009 English Paper 2 Memorandum 

2009 English Paper 3 

2009 English Paper  3 Memorandum

2008 November: 

2008 English Paper 1

2008 English Paper 1 Memorandum* 

2008 English Paper 2* 

2008 English Paper 2 Memorandum* 

2008 English Paper 3* 

2008 English Paper 3 Memorandum

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