How Much Does It Cost To Write Matric?

Writing your Matric exams is free. You only have to pay your school fees. Adult Matric is also free, you will only need to pay the fees of the college where you study for your Adult Matric. These fees will cover your tuition, academic support, and your study materials such as textbooks. 

How Much Does It Cost To Rewrite Matric?

Rewriting Matric is also free, you only need to pay the fees of the school or college where you study for your Matric Rewrite. The same goes for a Matric Upgrade. 

Can I Do Matric With Grade 9?

Yes, you can do your Adult Matric with Grade 9. You can choose to study at a distance learning college or at a TVET college. 

If you do not have your Grade 9, you can study ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) levels. ABET level 4 is equivalent to Grade 9. Once you have ABET level 4, you can study for your Adult Matric.

Can I Do My Matric In 6 Months?

No, you cannot do your Matric in six months. Any Matric course will take a minimum of 12 months to complete. For most school students, it can take up to three years to complete Matric from Grade 10 to the end of Matric. 

If you have already completed your Matric and would like to either improve your marks, or would like to go from a fail to a pass, you can complete your Matric in six months. 

This is done by applying at the beginning of the year for a Matric Upgrade Course, and then writing the exam in May or June. 

Can I Pass My Matric With 5 Subjects?

You cannot pass school Matric with five subjects. You must pass six out of your seven subjects to pass your school Matric. However, you can pass Adult Matric with five subjects. To pass your Adult Matric, you must pass five of your six subjects.

How Many Subjects Do You Need To Pass Matric?

For school Matric, you must pass six out of your seven subjects. For Adult Matric, you will not take Life Orientation, so you will only write six subjects. To pass Adult Matric, you must pass five of your six subjects. 

Can You Fail Maths And Pass Matric?

Yes, you can still pass Matric if you fail your maths subject. You cannot fail your Home Language subject, and you cannot fail Life Orientation. 

To pass Matric you must achieve:

  • A minimum of 40% in your Home Language subject
  • A minimum of 30% in Life Orientation

If you do not achieve the above marks, you will not pass Matric. For the rest of your subjects, you must achieve:

  • A minimum of 40% for Maths OR 50% for Maths Literacy
  • A minimum of 40% for one other subject
  • A minimum of 30% for your three other subjects

Of these five subjects, you may fail one. You must achieve a minimum of 20% for the final exam, and you will still pass Matric. 

How Much Do You Need To Pass Maths In South Africa?

To pass, you must get 40% or above for Maths, or 50% or above for Maths Literacy. You do not have to pass Maths to pass Matric. However, it does open up many more opportunities if you do pass Maths. Many more university courses are available with Maths.

Is 75 A Distinction In Matric?

No, 75% is not a distinction in Matric. 75% is a distinction once you reach university studies. A distinction in Matric in South Africa is 80% and above. 

Can You Do Matric Online?

You can study for your Matric online. If you are studying school Matric, you can study via homeschooling. Once you reach Grade 10 in homeschooling, you are no longer considered a homeschooling student. You are considered a distance learning student. 

If you are studying Adult Matric, you can study through a reputable distance learning college. 

Can I Write My Matric At UNISA?

No, you cannot write your Matric at UNISA. UNISA is a university and only offers tertiary education courses. You must study for your Matric through your school or college.

Can I Study At UNISA Without Matric?

No, you cannot study at UNISA without Matric. UNISA is a university, and all universities require you to have Matric to be able to apply. 

What Can I Study Without Matric?

There are study options available if you do not have your Matric, such as:

  • ICB courses
  • Short courses

ICB Courses

There are three ICB courses you can choose to study without Matric:

  • Business Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Office Administration

To study ICB Business Management, you only need Grade 11 to be able to apply. To study ICB Financial Accounting, you only need Grade 10 to be able to apply. The ICB course in Office Administration requires Matric or Matric Equivalent to apply. 

 

If you do not have your Matric, you could start with the ICB Business Management course. The first level is a Matric Equivalent qualification. You could then use this to apply for the ICB Office Administration course. 

 

Alternatively, you could study the first two levels of the ICB Financial Accounting course. The first level is equivalent to Grade 11, and the second is Matric Equivalent. You can then use this to apply to study the ICB Office Administration course. 

Where Can I Study ICB Courses?

There are many places you can study ICB courses. Some reputable distance learning colleges that offer these ICB courses are: 

Short Courses

There are many short courses offered at four of the five colleges listed above. Short courses are skills-based courses. 

The courses listed below are open-access. This means that the only requirements are that you can understand, read and write in English, and that you are over the age of 16. 

What Have We Learned?

  • It is free to write Matric. You only need to pay your school fees for school Matric or college fees for Adult Matric. 
  • You can do Adult Matric with only Grade 9. If you do not have Grade 9 you can begin with ABET levels
  • You cannot complete Matric in six months
  • You can pass school Matric with six subjects. You can pass Adult Matric with five subjects
  • You must pass your Home Language subject and Life Orientation to pass Matric
  • You cannot write Matric at UNISA
  • You cannot study at UNISA without Matric. However, there are still study options available even if you do not have Matric

Author: Chloe Bydawell
Editor: Razeen Dollie
Date: June 8, 2022

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