We've pooled all details on where to access your matric results in one place.
When will the matric 2020 results be released?
- The IEB (Independent Examinations Board) releases the private schools matric results at 00:01 of Thursday 18 February 2021.
- The Department of Basic Education will release the state NSC matric exam results on Monday 22 February 2021.
Be wary of fakers
In 2018, the Department of Basic Education posted a warning via Twitter, alerting parents and learners to avoid fake social media posts regarding access to matric results:
7 ways to access the matric results
You can get easy access to them via a number of different options:
You can get your results on News24's Matric Results website and mobisite: matricresults.news24.com.
Register now to receive an SMS the moment the results are released.
The Department is encouraging learners to get their results from the schools or centres where they wrote their exams. (Call first to make sure they’re open).
Western Cape Ministry of Education Spokesperson Kerry Mauchline told Parent24 that the process of collecting results from school will be guided by Covid-19 safety protocol.
"Learners will still collect their results from schools, but with Covid-19 protocols in place, including wearing masks, physical distancing and screening. A safe queue will be presented at schools to avoid a massive rush," she said.
A representative of the Dept of Basic Education told us they no longer make newspapers a priority to release results, but some newspapers will still publish them.
Also see: What are the matric pass requirements?
4. Send an SMS
For state schools:
Register via SMS by sending your identity number followed by your exam number to 35658. After your registration has been successful you will receive a confirmation SMS.
For IEB results:
If you have already provided the IEB with your cell phone number, your results will automatically be sent to that number. If not, you can register by sending an SMS to 35135. Use the following text in the message:
Results Examination Number Birth Date (ccyymmdd). Example: Results 173456789012 19980121
You will receive a message confirming registration has been successful. Please note that the SMS costs R3. For more information, visit the IEB website.
5. Use the USSD service
On the day that the results are released, dial *120*35658#. After answering multiple questions, you are required to enter your ID number. You’ll then receive your results per subject. You will have the option to opt in or out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act. USSD rates apply.
6. IEB and DoBE websites
- The IEB website will have the results from midnight Thursday 18 February.
- The Department of Basic Education's website will publish the results on Monday 22 February.
Have your exam number ready, and bear in mind that website traffic will be high, so expect delayed response times.
7. Call the Department
If you have the courage to hold for – potentially – a very, very long time, you could dial 082 152 to receive your matric results.
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