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Re-marking and supplementary matric exams

Remarking examsIf you didn't pass your 2020 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 for re-marking close on 10 March 2021 and applications for supplementary exams close on 31 March 2021.

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 your performance on the papers written.
  • A re-mark means that your 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.

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 = R120 (per subject)
Re-checking = R29 (per subject)
Viewing of scripts (only after re-marking and re-checking) = R234 (per subject)

You can view the payment procedure here.


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, 10 March 2021.

Once you have received your results, AFTER re-marking and rechecking, you may apply to view your answer scripts. Apply to, with proof of payment, to view your answer scripts.



Supplementary exams

Supplementary exams allow you to improve your 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’ve failed to meet the requirements in the November examination.
  • You’ve passed but would like to improve your performance.
  • You were absent from the writing of one or more question papers due to ill-health or other unforeseen circumstances.

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 2020 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 March 2021. 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 you can email us at

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.

The content on this page was last updated on 9 March 2021