It’s that time of the year again when hundreds of thousands of young South Africans who wrote their matric exams last year finally get to know how they performed and whether or not they passed. And the Department of Basic Education, to its credit, has put even more effort into making those results available in as convenient form as possible.

As of midnight tonight, you’ll be able to get your results through a variety of online services, which we’ve rounded up below. Remember, to access your results, you’ll need your exam and ID numbers. They’ll also come in handy on services that don’t publish the names and surnames of learners who wrote exams but instead only display the exam number.

Government services

  • SABC Education’s SMS service: Send your ID number to 35658 (SMS costs R3) and your results will be SMSed back to you.
  • SABC Education’s USSD service: Dial *120*35658#. Thereafter, you’ll have to answer a number of security questions and enter your ID number. You’ll receive your results per subject after you have completed the process.
  • The Department of Basic Education’s website which will release results at midnight (the website does have a history of crashing due to the enormous traffic every year, so we’d advise you to also use any of the alternative routes, should you struggle with this one).
  • The Western Cape Education Department’s website (note: this department announced on Monday that it would be releasing results after the national announcements on Wednesday in order to give school principals time to look for any errors. Expect results to go live here after schools open at noon).

News sites

  • The EWN website (we’ve found in past years that it’s one of the simplest sites to use).
  • The eNCA website.
  • News24 (you’ll also see details on the national and provincial pass rates dating back from 2012 up to 2015).

If you cannot find your results, don’t panic, the above mentioned sites have noted that there may be a possibility of accidental omissions due to technical faults. So try another website (or even the old school newspaper route) or head over to your school to get them. wishes you all the best.

[Image – Department of Basic Education]