Why Matric Is Not Easy

There are many factors that contribute to Matric not being easy. Some of these are:

  • The workload of a full year being done in three terms
  • The academic level of the work increasing 
  • Study time decreasing due to the increased workload

How Can I Pass My Matric?

The two main things you can do to pass more easily are studying effectively and having good time management.

Always remember to plan ahead – manage your time smartly. 

S – simple. Keep your goals simple, so that you can easily manage them piece by piece.

M – manageable. Make sure you separate your goals into manageable sizes. Trying to tackle too much information in one go can feel overwhelming and end up being counter-productive. 

A – achievable. Make sure your expectations are not too high. Make sure you can achieve your goals. This helps you stay motivated to keep going. 

R – realistic. Make sure your goals are realistic. While you can keep your view optimistic, deciding that you can review an entire subject in one sitting will make you tired and demotivated. 

T – time-oriented. Keep your goals within a specific time frame. Create time frames for your goals and be certain to stick to them. 

Learn how you study most efficiently. Make sure you take breaks, eat healthy snacks, and keep your study sessions effective rather than long. Some top study tips are: 

  • Make sure you get enough good sleep. A tired brain is a slow brain, and you will not remember information as well as you can
  • Try to eat healthy snacks while you are studying. Studying can feel boring, and having something to do can help you stay focused. Sugary snacks will make you inattentive, and make you lose focus instead of helping you
  • Make a study schedule. Keep it flexible, so you can catch up on study time if anything unexpected happens. Make sure keeping to your schedule is helpful rather than creating more stress
  • Get up and move around when you take breaks. Your muscles will start to ache if you sit still for too long, and the discomfort will distract you from your studying
  • Make sure your study space is clean and clear. Studies have shown that the brain retains information much better when studying in a clean and easy to work in
  • Always drink water. Sugary drinks are like sugary foods and will be unhelpful. Water is healthy and useful, and cold water can give you a small boost if you are feeling sluggish 
  • Join a study group if you can. Studies have shown that members of study groups do better in tests and exams, as well as engaging more in class and feeling more confident to ask questions about things they do not understand.

Managing your time well and studying efficiently can help a great deal when it comes to smoothing the path of your Matric year.

What Is The Highest Pass In Matric?

The highest passing level in Matric is a Bachelor’s Degree pass. There are four passing levels in Matric: 

  • Bachelor’s pass
  • Diploma pass
  • Higher Certificate pass
  • NSC pass/Matric pass

Each level has its own requirements, with the National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass being the minimum to pass Matric. The NSC pass has the lowest requirements and is the easiest pass level to achieve. A Bachelor’s pass has the highest requirements and is the most difficult pass level to achieve. 

Can I Do Matric Online?

Yes, you can study for your Matric online. You will be considered a distance learning student if you study for your Matric online. Note that while you can study for your Matric through distance learning, you must write your exams in a government-designated venue. 

Can You Do Matric In 3 Months?

No, you cannot do Matric in three months. Completing your Matric will take a minimum of 12 months, and it can take as long as three years to complete depending on how you choose to complete your six subjects. 

You can choose to take all six subjects in one year, or take three subjects per year for two years, or you can take two subjects per year for three years. Spreading your subjects out can help you ensure you have more time to get the best possible results.

What Are The 4 Compulsory Subjects?

  • One official South African language at the Home Language level
  • One official South African language at the First Additional Language level
  • Either Maths or Maths Literacy
  • Life Orientation

Can I Change Subjects In Matric?

You may change one of your elective subjects in your Matric year. However, this is not recommended. The deadline to change this subject is 31 July of the year you are writing your Matric. Once you have passed 31 July, you cannot change any subjects. 

While you are in Grades 10 and 11, you may change two of your subjects. It is better to change subjects as early as possible, so you have to catch up as little as possible.

How Many Subjects Do You Need To Pass Matric?

You must pass six of your seven subjects to pass your school Matric. If you are doing an Adult Matric Course, you will write six subjects because you do not have Life Orientation. You must pass five of these six subjects to pass your Adult Matric Course. 


Can You Fail Maths And Pass Matric?

No, you cannot fail Maths and pass Matric. The minimum requirements are: 

  • 40% in Maths 


  • 50% in Maths Literacy

If you do not achieve this, you will not pass Matric. However, all is not lost. You can apply for a Matric Rewrite to retake the exam in May/June. You can use the opportunity to do better and pass the subject. You will then pass Matric.

Can You Fail 2 Subjects In Matric?

No, you cannot fail two subjects in Matric. If you do fail two subjects, you may rewrite these subjects in May/June. If you pass one or both of them, you will pass Matric. You may only fail one subject and still pass Matric. 

You may rewrite a maximum of four subjects. This means you can fail five subjects, and rewrite and pass four of them. Then you will still pass Matric. However, if you fail more than five subjects, you will not be allowed to rewrite. You will have to re-enrol to repeat your Matric year, or wait until you are 21 to do a Matric Upgrade instead.

Can I Pass My Matric With 5 Subjects?

You can pass Adult Matric with five subjects. However, you cannot pass school Matric with five subjects. To pass school, you must pass a minimum of six subjects, including your Home Language. 

What Can I Do If I Failed Matric?

There are two options to improve your Matric results if you failed: 

  • Matric Rewrite
  • Matric Upgrade

Matric Rewrite

This option is available to those under the age of 21 who need or would like to improve their marks in four subjects or fewer. You may rewrite a maximum of four subjects. These must be subjects you write for your Matric exam, you cannot change your subjects for a rewrite. 

Note that if you failed more than five subjects and will not pass Matric by improving the marks in four subjects, you will not be allowed to rewrite. You can wait until you have turned 21 to do a Matric Upgrade instead. 

To apply for a Matric Rewrite, you will need: 

  • A copy of your Statement of Results
  • A certified copy of your ID

Matric Upgrade

This option is available to those over the age of 21 who need or would like to improve their Matric results. When doing a Matric Upgrade, you may upgrade up to four subjects. You may also change any or all of these four subjects if you would prefer to. 

You can apply for a Matric Upgrade as early as 19. However, you must be 21 or older to write the exams because you will write the Adult Matric exams. 

To apply for a Matric Upgrade, you will need: 

  • A copy of your Statement of Results
  • A certified copy of your ID

Your third option is to study without Matric. 

Can I Go To College Without Matric?

Yes, you can. There are many reputable distance learning colleges that offer courses you can study without Matric. You can study courses such as: 

  • ICB courses 
  • Short courses

ICB Courses

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

  • Business Management – requires Grade 11 to apply
  • Financial Accounting – requires Grade 10 to apply
  • Office Administration – requires Matric or a Matric equivalent to apply

The ICB Business Management and Financial Accounting courses both have a Matric Equivalent level. The first level of the Business Management course and the second level of the Financial Accounting course are Matric Equivalents. 

This means that you can study either of these levels, and then use this Matric Equivalent to apply for the ICB Office Administration course. 

ICB courses are accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and QCTO (the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations). This means they are recognised by potential employers as formal qualifications. These qualifications are recognised both locally and internationally. 

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 also many short courses offered at four of the colleges listed above. 

Short Courses At Matric College

Short Courses At Skills Academy

Short Courses At Ember Academy

Short Courses At Learning Group

What Have We Learned?

  • There are many factors that contribute to Matric not being easy
  • There are steps you can take to help make it easier for yourself
  • You can study Matric through distance learning, but you must write your exams in a government-designated venue
  • Matric will take a minimum of 12 months to complete
  • You can change a single subject in your Matric year before 31 July
  • There are options available to improve your marks if you fail Matric
  • There are many study options available even if you fail Matric

Author: Chloe Bydawell
Published By: Sive Ncanywa
Published date: June 27, 2022

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