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Frequently Asked Questions

Candidates who did not obtain a NSC Certificate but want to complete their NSC, can register as a private candidate to re-write the failed subject(s) at the next November NSC Examination.

Year marks/SBA (School Based Assessment marks) are valid for three years (the year in which a candidate wrote the NSC Examination for the first time and for the next two years).

Private candidates must register at a private education institution (one that is registered to offer the NSC Examination and is registered with the WCED as an Exam Centre) in order to obtain a year mark/SBA mark for the subject(s) that they wish to re-write.

Registration for repeater candidates usually takes place from 15 February to 15 March of the year the examinations are written.

WCED Examination client contact centre
2nd Floor
Grand Central Towers
Lower Parliament Street
Cape Town

Contact telephone numbers:
021 467 2910 | 2911 | 2912 | 2913 | 2914 | 2915

From the examinations section of a Provincial Department of Education.

Enquiries regarding replacement certificates from the Western Cape Education Department may be made at the following telephone number: 021 467 2000

The Statement of Results is obtainable immediately after you have made a request.

A copy of a matric certificate takes 8 to 10 weeks.

Learners who failed their matric may re-write the Senior Certificate in May/June. Only candidates who have already written their Senior Certificate and need one or more subjects to obtain their certificate qualify to write the May/June examinations. Registration closes on 31 January 2019.

The Department of Basic Education will develop a qualification for adults which will be equivalent to matric for candidates who did not obtained their matric under the old curriculum.

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.

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

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.

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.

No. Learners will not be allowed to register for new subjects, however learners must communicate any corrections to their May/June 2020 registrations to [email protected] before the end of May 2020.

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

Please send a request for an investigation into your registration status to [email protected]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

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 you choose not to write the November 2020 examination, please email [email protected] 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.

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

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.