Examinations In South Africa

May / June 2020 Amended Senior Certificate (old matric)

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Candidates that had registered for the May/June examination

The May/June 2020 Amended Senior Certificate (adult matric) and National Senior Certificate examination scheduled to start on 4 May 2020 and conclude on 12 June 2020, has been postponed by the Department of Basic Education due to the restriction imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown.

The May/June examination will now be combined with the November 2020 examination.

Details regarding the combined June and November 2020 examination will be communicated to candidates in due
course.

Candidates are encouraged to use this additional time to continue with their examination preparations. Learning and revision material are available on the DBE and wcedonline websites.

Senior Certificate (SC) adult learners

Will the Senior Certificate (SC) adult learners be writing the same examination papers (same examination) as the 2020 NSC school learners?

Yes, the SC adult learners will be writing the same examination papers as the 2020 NSC school learners. This has in fact been the case since June 2019.

The exception will be in the subjects Business Studies and Accounting only. The 2020 NSC school learners will be the first cohort to write two papers for these two subjects. The SC learners will only write one paper.

Combine Examination

What does the word “combine” examination mean – does it mean that SC (adult) matric learners will be writing at the same time and the same examination papers as the NSC Grade 12 school learners?

Yes, since 2015 the Senior Certificate (amended) learners have been studying and writing the same curriculum as the NSC school learners.

Download Confirmation Of Registration

I registered for the May/June 2020 examination and received a SMS to download my confirmation of registration from the wcedonline website. Will I have to register again for the November 2020 exam?

No, you will not need to register again for the November 2020 examination. All learners who were registered for the May/June 2020 examination, will automatically be transferred to write the November 2020 examination.

May/June Registration Closed

*I did not register for the SC May/June 2020 examination. Can I still register now to write the November 2020 examination?

No. No new registrations will be allowed. The registration period for the May/June 2020 examination closed on 31 January 2020. Candidates had from October 2019 to 31 January 2020 to register for that examination.  Registration for the 2020 NSC candidates to write in November 2020 closed on 30 April 2020.

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*I entered for only 3 subjects for the May/June 2020 examination, but now that I have more time to study, can I register for additional subjects for the November 2020 examination?

No. Learners will not be allowed to register for new subjects, however learners must communicate any corrections to their May/June 2020 registrations to examregistrations@westerncape.gov.za before the end of May 2020.

*I registered for the May/June 2020 examination and have not received any feedback. Where can I check if I am registered?

Learners who registered for the May/June 2020 examination can download and check their registration details on https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/exams on the relevant examination tab. Click on “May/June Registration Information”. You will need your ID number and Surname to access your registration status.

*I dropped off my hardcopy form or registered online for the May/June 2020 examination, but my registration details are not on the website.

Please send a request for an investigation into your registration status to examregistrations@westerncape.gov.za with the following key information:

  • Full name and surname;
  • ID number; 
  • Highest grade passed;
  • How and when did you submit your application
  • For online registrations via eservices, please include your tracking number

*Where will SC (adult) matric learners and part-time learners write their examinations in November 2020?

The writing venues will be confirmed later in the year. The Western Cape Education Department will make every effort to place learners at writing venues that are easily accessible and on public transport routes. However, due to the large number of learners writing this examination, learner placement will be made according to the space available.

*If I don’t write in November 2020, what then?

If you choose not to write the November 2020 examination, please email George.Valentine@westerncape.gov.za with your ID number and full name and a request to cancel your registration.

You can then enter for the June 2021 examination once the registration process opens in October 2020.

*When do we start our examinations?

The final timetable for the November 2020 examination is still being finalized and will be communicated to candidates later in the year.

*Will we write in the afternoon?

The final timetable for the November 2020 examination is still being finalised, however it is likely that the examinations will include a mix of morning and afternoon sessions, depending on the subject or paper being written.

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