Here are the ways in which you can access the Matric 2017 results…

  • The IEB (Independent Examinations Board) announces the private schools matric results at midnight on Tuesday 2 January 2018. For those sleeping in, it’ll be available on Wednesday morning.
  • The Department of Basic Education will release the state NSC matric exam results, excluding the Western Cape’s, on Friday 5 January 2018.
  • The Western Cape NSC results will be released on Saturday 6 January 2018.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the national matric pass rate on Thursday 4 January.

In a media statement released last month, Minister Motshekga said the 2017 NSC Examinations “have been free of any major incident” and said the Department would like to thank those learners and the commitment of teachers who worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that candidates were prepared and that the integrity of the NSC Examinations continues to be upheld.


You can get your results on News24’s Matric Results website and mobisite:

Register now to receive an SMS the moment the results are released. You could also win R10 000!


The Department is encouraging learners to get their results from the schools or centres where they wrote their exams. (Call first to make sure they’re open). This is fun as classmates can gather round and celebrate or commiserate together. The certificate will be printed and posted only weeks later. 


The results will be published in all major daily newspapers. You’ll need to know your exam number (no names are published). You won’t be able to see subject results, only whether it’s a pass, Bachelors pass, etc. 

Send an SMS

For state schools:

The Department of Basic Education and SABC Education have partnered again to offer instant results via SMS.

Register via SMS by sending your identity number followed by your exam number to 35658. After your registration has been successful you will receive a confirmation SMS. SMSs cost R1 (free SMSs don’t apply).

For IEB results:

If you have already provided the IEB with your cell phone number, your results will automatically be sent to that number. If not, you can register by sending an SMS to 35135 before 13 December 2017. Use the following text in the message:

Results Examination Number Birth Date (ccyymmdd). Example: Results 173456789012 19980121

You will receive a message confirming registration has been successful. Please note that the SMS costs R3. For more information, visit the IEB website.

Use the USSD service

On the day that the results are released, dial *120*35658#. After answering multiple questions, you are required to enter your ID number. You’ll then receive your results per subject. You will have the option to opt in or out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act. USSD rates apply.

IEB and DoBE websites

Have your exam number ready, and bear in mind that website traffic will be high, so expect delayed response times.

Call the Department

If you have the courage to hold for – potentially – a very, very long time, you could dial 082 152 to receive your matric results.

What are the requirements to pass Matric? Check it here