Re-marking and supplementary matric exams | Western Cape Government

Re-marking and supplementary matric exams

If you didn't pass your 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, or you’re perhaps unhappy with your results, you may apply to rewrite certain examinations. You can also apply to have your exam paper re-marked or rechecked. Applications close on Friday, 31 January 2019.

What are supplementary exams?

Supplementary exams

Supplementary exams allow pupils to improve their results or complete outstanding results. If you’re unhappy with the result you’ve received for a specific subject and you would like to improve it, or you missed an exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you can apply to rewrite that subject.

You qualify to write supplementary examinations if the following applies:

  • You need a maximum of 2 of your subjects to pass.
  • You were unable to write for medical reasons (you need to attach a report from your principal).
  • There was a death in your immediate family, or other special reasons why you could not write.
  • You provide evidence that you need a better result to qualify to study at university or college or to meet requirements for a specialist field of study or work.

Please note:

  • You may register provisionally to rewrite while the department investigates any irregularity regarding your exam.
  • You'll need to rewrite all the exams of the subjects you register for.
  • You can only write supplementary exams if you were registered to write the NSC 2019 examination in the Western Cape.
  • You must ensure that you know where you must write your exam because the number of exam venues is limited.
  • We'll mail your admission letter.

Applications for supplementary exams close on 31 January 2020. This date isn't flexible. The supplementary examinations will be written in May/June.

The application form for the supplementary exams is available at high schools, district and provincial education offices or can be downloaded from the WCED website. 

You must submit your application with:

  • a copy of your statement of results,
  • a certified copy of your ID, and
  • motivation letter if required (view the criteria list)

Application forms may be dropped off at the Education District Office closest to the learner.

If you have enquiries regarding supplementary exams you send an email to

For more information please visit the WCED Supplementary Exams website.

Re-marking of exam papers

A re-mark means that your examination will be marked for a second time, while 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.

Who qualifies?

The Western Cape Education Department has numerous controls in place to ensure that the marking of NSC scripts is of very high quality. 

  • You can apply for the re-mark of your scripts if you feel that the mark allocated is not a true reflection of their performance on the papers written.
  • 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.

The cost of re-marking is R112 per subject and R27 per subject for re-checking. You can view the payment procedure here.

For more information please visit the WCED re-mark/recheck website.

How do I apply to have my exam re-marked or re-checked?

Western Cape NSC candidates who have a valid South African ID number can apply for the re-marking, re-checking and viewing of scripts using the online application.  No manual applications for re-marking will be accepted, and there’s no re-marking of Common Assessment Task (CAT) for Life Orientation.

The payment for re-marking and re-checking are as follows:

Re-marking = R112 (per subject)
Re-checking = R27 (per subject)
Viewing of scripts (only after re-marking and re-checking) = R219 (per subject)

Payments can be made by EFT or at a Nedbank Branch into the following account:



Account Name:


Account Type:

Current Account

Account Number:

1452 045 089

Branch Name:


Branch Code:

145 209

Deposit Reference:

15 +ID Number


Applications for remarking or rechecking close on Wednesday, 22 January 2020.

When will I get an answer?

You will receive your revised results by Friday 28 February 2020.
Please note that new statement of results will only be issued if your subject results improve to a higher level or if the status of your pass changes.



The content on this page was last updated on 10 January 2020