Re-marking and supplementary matric exams

If you didn't pass your 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams you may qualify to rewrite certain examinations. You can also apply to have your exam paper re-marked or rechecked. Applications close on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

Supplementary examinations

Who qualifies?

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 2016 examination in the Western Cape.
  • You must ensure that you know where you must write your exam because the number of exam venues are limited.
  • We'll mail your admission letter.

Applications for supplementary exams close on 19 January 2017. This date isn't flexible. The supplementary examinations will be written in February and March.

The application form for the supplementary exams 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 list of criteria).

We recommend that you submit your application by:
fax: 021 461 5637
visit the Exam Walk-in Centre at the WCED Head Office, 2nd Floor, Lower Parliament Street, Cape Town.

For more information please visit the WCED Supplementary Exams website.

Re-marking of exam papers

Who qualifies?

  • Candidates who fail 1 or more subjects in the NSC/ABET Level 4 examinations may have their script(s) in such subject(s) remarked.
  • A candidate who passes the NSC examination, but who wishes to obtain an improved mark in 1 or more subjects for a particular purpose (e.g. for diploma or bachelor pass; to meet bursary requirements or to meet the special requirements of a tertiary institution or particular course), may, with the approval of the Department, have their script(s) in such subject(s) re-marked. In such a case, a letter of motivation requesting the re-mark must accompany the application. Applications not accompanied by the above-mentioned won't be considered.
  • The Department will only agree to the re-marking of scripts in a subject in which a candidate has failed to obtain 40% only for the purpose of obtaining matriculation endorsement (diploma or bachelor pass) or when a bursary is at stake.

The application form for the supplementary exams can be downloaded from the WCED website.

The cost for re-marking is R92 and R21 for rechecking. You can view the payment procedure here.

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

Applications for remarking or rechecking close on the 19 January 2017.

The content on this page was last updated on 6 January 2017