What’s The Difference Between A Matric Rewrite And Matric Upgrade?

The main difference between a Matric Rewrite and a Matric Upgrade is the age difference. Here is all you need to know:


You do a Matric Rewrite when you are younger than 21. It also means that you are rewriting two subjects that you have either failed or think need improvement. Your school marks or class marks contribute to your final marks.


A Matric Upgrade is done when you are older than 21. You write the adult exams and improve as many subjects as you like. You can also apply for a whole new set of subjects.

Everything You Need To Know About A Rewrite

A Matric Rewrite is also referred to as the supplementary exams. It is now known as the second national exam and previously known as the “second chance” programme. Here is all you need to know about a Rewrite.


How Does A Matric Rewrite Work?

If you are unhappy about your Matric results and want to improve your marks you can do a Matric Rewrite. You can rewrite all your subjects but you have to remember these five things:


  1. You have to write the subjects that you wrote in the November exam
  2. Cannot rewrite Life Orientation (it is a school-based assessment)
  3. Must be younger than 21 years old
  4. You need to register between November and the end of January each year.
  5. The examination will be in May and June 

Can I Rewrite My Matric?

Yes, you can Rewrite your Matric if you are younger than 21 years old.

Can I Still Register For Matric Rewrite 2021?

No, you cannot. The registration closed on the 26th of March 2021 due to the pandemic but registration usually closes at the end of January each year.


How Long After Matric Can You Rewrite?

On average, less than 5 years, depending on your age. You must be younger than 21 years old to do a Matric Rewrite.

Where Can I Rewrite My Matric For Free

A Matric Rewrite is free when you apply at your high school, online, district, and provincial offices. To find out more information visit The Department of Basic Educations website.


Can I Rewrite My Matric At College?

Yes, you can Rewrite your Matric at a college. 


Matric College

Matric College is one of the many institutions that offer this programme. The programme is called Matric Upgrade


You have to be 21 and older as you will be writing the Adult Matric exam and you will write the exam in May and June. You also need to have your incomplete Matric results or your final results from Umalusi.


With a Matric Upgrade at Matric College, you can write as many subjects as you want or choose only the subjects you wish to improve. You can also choose a whole new set of subjects. 


This programme takes between 12-24 months and you can write as many times as you like.


Does NSFAS Fund Matric Rewrite?

No, NSFAS does not fund a Matric Rewrite. 

Can You Rewrite All Matric Subjects?

Yes, you can. If you Upgrade your Matric at Matric College you can write as many subjects as you like and you can also choose a new set of subjects.


When you write the supplementary exams you can only choose the subjects you previously wrote and you can Rewrite all of your subjects aside from Life Orientation.


What Happens When You Fail Supplementary Exams?

If you fail the supplementary exam you can always write the exams again. Do not give up. If you are younger than 21 years old, register to write the supplementary exam again. 


If you are older than 21 years old, register at Matric College. 


How Many Times Can You Rewrite Matric?

With the supplementary exams, you can write up until the age of 21 years old. At Matric College you can write as many times as you like.


Is The Supplementary Exam Difficult?

This depends on the amount of time and effort you put into your studies. You need to prepare for the exams and success will follow.


How To Pass The Supplementary Exam

  • Try to join study groups
  • Understand the work you need to study
  • Get new study methods that will help you
  • See where you went wrong the last time you wrote the exam

Everything You Need To Know About An Upgrade

Here is everything you need to know about a Matric Upgrade.


What Is A Matric Upgrade

A Matric Upgrade is when you write the adult exams and are older than 21 years. You can do this programme at Matric College.


How Can I Increase My Matric Score?

Increase your Matric scores at Matric College and write the Adult Matric exams. 


Unlike a supplementary exam with a Matric Upgrade, you can write as many subjects as you want. You can also choose different subjects.


Can I Upgrade My Matric Results After 5 Years?

Yes, you can upgrade your results after 5 years. Matric Upgrades are for people 21 and above. 


Where Can I Upgrade My Matric?

You can upgrade your Matric at Matric College


Can I Upgrade My Results At Unisa?

No, you cannot upgrade your results at Unisa.


Matric Upgrade Colleges In Cape Town

You can upgrade your Matric College. Matric College is a distance learning institution, this means that you can work and study.


Watch Matric College CEO explain what a Matric Upgrade is on Youtube.


How To Combine Matric Results After Upgrading

You have to apply for a replacement certificate: change of status. Combine your subjects at the Department of Basic Education. They do not do it for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Buy A Matric Certificate?

No, you cannot buy a Matric Certificate. This is illegal. Do your Matric Online at Matric College and receive your Matric Certificate from Umalusi.


How Many Subjects Do You Need To Pass Matric?

You only need to pass 6 subjects if you do the National Senior Certificate. With an Amended Senior Certificate,  you only need to pass 5 subjects.


What Can I Study If I Failed Matric?

You do have options if you have failed Matric. Further your studies at Matric College. These are your option:


Adult Matric is commonly referred to as Senior Certificate (Amended)After you have completed your Adult Matric or Matric Equivalent Certificate at Matric College you can apply for a National Qualification Course.

You gain practical and theoretical experience when you do one of these qualifications, this means that you are work-ready.


These qualifications go up to a diploma level, which is just below a degree, this means that you can further your studies at a university.


3 thoughts on “What’s The Difference Between A Matric Rewrite And Matric Upgrade?”

  1. Hi There
    If you wrote your matric in 2008 or after and you want to improve your results or take on new subjects, a Matric Upgrade gives you the chance to do so. You will receive a National Senior Certificate after completing this course. Here is what you can do with our Matric Upgrade programme:

    Add new subjects to your matric certificate
    Aim for a higher pass level
    Go from a Fail to a Pass
    Change your subjects
    Improve your current marks

    To find out more, read here: https://www.matric.co.za/products/matric-upgrade/

  2. Hi There

    Are you unhappy with your matric results or want to change/take new subjects? Then you should consider doing a Matric Rewrite Course.

    Here are the benefits of rewriting your matric whether it be with Matric College or the Department of Basic Education:

    You will be able to improve your matric results OR obtain a matric certificate if you have failed
    Increased job opportunities
    Increase your chances of being accepted by your chosen university. This means you can improve your pass level from a National Senior Certificate/Senior Certificate (Amended) pass to a Bachelor’s Degree Pass.

    For more information click here: https://www.matric.co.za/matric-rewrite/

  3. I did my Matric 2020 and I failed 3 subjects Maths literacy..Business Studies…and Geography. So I wanted to know If I can upgrade the 3 subjects

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