Grade 12 2024 Exam Timetable 

It’s what all past and present Matric students have been waiting for – the Matric May June 2024 exam timetable for students planning to write or rewrite their Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate exams is now released.


When will the Matric exams begin? We’re glad you asked – the Matric May-June 2024 exams kicks off on 3 May 2024 and ending just over a month later on 13 June 2024.


Please keep in mind that the exam timetable is for students who are:


  • Currently in Matric and are writing their Senior Certificate exams;
  • Rewriting their Matric subjects after either failing or left unsatisfied with their 2023 results.
  • Getting a second chance to write their Matric exams after missing the chance the previous year due to valid reasoning.

In order to rewrite the Matric exams again and improve marks, students will first have to register for the exams which they can do so online here.

What is Needed in Order to Pass Matric?

Over the years, the Matric passing requirements have changed to give students a better chance at passing the year.


In order to pass Matric, you will need a minimum average of 33.3% across all your subjects to succeed, as well as meeting the following requirements: 


  • 40% or above for a Home Language Subject
  • 40% or above for Mathematics, OR 50% or above for Mathematical Literacy 
  • 40% or above for one other subject 
  • 30% or above for Life Orientation
  • 30% or above for two other subjects

Any subject final mark over 80% will result in a distinction for the subject.


Simple, right? You may also fail at least one subject except for Life Orientation, provided that you achieve at least 20% in the final exam for that subject.

Is It Possible to Get a Matric Certificate Even If I Fail?

We’re here to put your mind at ease and say yes – even if you fail your Matric exams, you will still get your certification.


In the event that you are rewriting your Matric exam(s), your new marks will reflect on your certification ONLY if your mark surpasses your original mark.


If your new subject mark is lower than your original mark, you will keep the original mark you got and you would have to re-register to write your exam again.

Matric Exam Venue Rules and Regulations

Every exam venue has rules and regulations set in place to help prevent cheating and other fraudulent activity in the exam room. This is apparent when it comes to the NSC and SC Matric exams.


The rules set in place for the Matric May-June 2024 exams include:


  • Students must be given a 10 minute reading period before the start of the exam to read through the question paper. No note-taking or writing may happen during these 10 minutes 
  • Students may not bring books, notes, photographs, or any other items that may help them to answer any questions during the exam, as this counts as cheating 
  • No student may leave the exam venue within the first hour of an exam.
  • Students may not purposefully cause disturbance or behave inappropriately
  • Students will only be permitted to leave the venue in the event of an emergency, but they must be supervised 
  • Any questions a student may have must be directed to an invigilator, there may be no communication between students 
  • Only approved calculators may be used, and they may only be used when prescribed
  • If a student is presented with a set of questions to choose from and is asked to give a certain number of answers, but they give more, only the first of the number of answers asked for will be marked. For example, if there are five questions and the student is asked to answer two, but the student answers all five, only the first two will be marked
  • (not for students) Examiners, internal moderators, and invigilators must disclose when any immediate family (siblings or children) are writing the exams. They must be relieved of their duties during the exam sessions that these family members are writing 

Also Read: How to Calculate Your APS

What happens if you cheat in a matric exam?

What happens if someone decides to cheat in a NSC / SC exam? Naturally if caught cheating, the student(s) in question will be asked to immediately vacate the exam room.


The student(s) will thus be punished by being barred from writing Matric exams – excluding supplementary exams – between one and three exam periods (depending on the severity of the offence).


On occasion of evidence of multiple students being complicit in cheating, they can face similar penalties. In the case of false identity being provided to write the exams, the South African Police Service may be contacted.


Cheating can be defined within the following parameters:


  • Possession of unauthorised material, such as books or notes 
  • Possession of an unauthorised electronic device, such as a specialised calculator or a cell phone
  • Copying or receiving help from another student 
  • Receiving unauthorised help from invigilators (such as giving you the answers or hinting the answers)
  • Presenting false identification

What happens if you miss a matric exam?

Sometimes missing an exam is inevitable due to life events, illness or otherwise. If a student does miss an exam, proof has to be provided by the student so that it can be submitted to the Department of Basic Education.


Valid reasoning why a student can miss an exam includes:


  • Illness – students will have to provide a doctor’s note
  • Personal reasons such as a death in the family. A letter must be submitted.
  • Representing a province/country internationally in a sporting or cultural event.
  • Any other reasoning that is deemed valid by the head of the assessment body or by his/her/their representative.

Preparation is Key

An easy way to prepare for your Matric exams is by getting your hands on past exam papers and memorandums. Visit the links below for various exam papers you can download and get yourself fully prepared for your upcoming exam(s).


Students can also visit the Matric Downloads website for additional past exam papers and memos that can help give you a better chance of acing your Matric May-June 2023 exams.

Exam Tips During Exam

When the day of your exam arrives, feeling ready can make all the difference. Here are some tips to help you stay calm, focused, and ready to tackle any question that comes your way. Remember, a well-prepared student is already halfway to success.


  • Stay Calm
  • Read Questions Carefully
  • Manage Your Time
  • Use Clear and Concise Answers
  • Review Your Answers

Stay Calm

Take deep breaths and stay calm. If you start feeling nervous, pause, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. This helps clear your mind and reduces stress. Remember, you have prepared for this moment, and you know your stuff.


Read Questions Carefully

Before you start answering, read each question carefully. Make sure you understand what is being asked before you begin writing. If you’re unsure, read it again. Taking this time can help prevent mistakes and ensure that your answers are on point.


Manage Your Time

Keep an eye on the clock. Divide your time according to the sections or questions. If you get stuck on a question, move on and come back to it later. It’s better to answer all the questions you know well first and then tackle the harder ones.


Use Clear and Concise Answers

Write your answers clearly and to the point. Long, unclear answers can confuse the person marking your paper. If a question requires a short answer, don’t write a long paragraph. Stick to what is asked, and keep it simple.


Review Your Answers

If you have time at the end, go back and review your answers. Check for any spelling or grammatical errors and make sure you have answered every question. Sometimes, a quick review can catch mistakes you missed the first time.

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Author: Dylan Florence

Published: 8 March 2023

Last Updated: 26 March 2024

6 thoughts on “Grade 12 2024 Exam Timetable ”

    1. Hi Thando. If you are referring to the Matric Rewrite exams, then the exam marks will be made available from 7th August 2023

    1. If you missed your exam, you will have to apply for the supplementary exam through the Department of Basic Education (DBE) or Provincial Department offices. Unfortunately this may mean that you will only be able to write it again in 2024

  1. if I registered for the amended June/July examinations in another province,is it possible to write in another province…for example if you registered in KZN and had to relocate to Gauteng..??

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