A failure on your matric results can be devastating, but receiving the ambiguous ‘incomplete’ notation can be even more scary. At least you know what happens when you see a failure! We are here today to break down why ‘incomplete’ statuses occur on matric results, and what you can do about it if you receive one. We will also look a little more closely at the supplementary exam sessions and what to expect.
What Does an Incomplete Matric Result Mean?
An ‘incomplete’ matric result can be a scary thing to see on the list of your results. Don’t immediately panic or assume you have failed, however. But it is important to query it immediately. You will need to file a ‘mark outstanding’ form as soon as possible. The ‘incomplete matric result’ code is intended to show that all of the ‘pieces’ of your matric examination have not been received, so they cannot finalize your results, not reflect on your academic performance.
You could receive the ‘incomplete’ matric result where you failed to write all of your papers, or where you have not taken enough subjects to qualify for a matric pass.
However, if you did attend all examination sessions, typically this means there has been an administration error somewhere in the examination chain. It can occur where one or more of your supplementary examinations were written in a different province, and the two results have not been combined to give you your final result. It’s also known to be used where the Department of Education has not received your examination papers, or where they have not been correctly processed. There was a recent case where 25 students from Laingsburg HIgh School received an ‘incomplete’ code because their exam papers had not been processed.
Usually the filing of a ‘mark outstanding’ form will be enough to trigger an investigation and discover where the error has occurred, but it is worth staying on top of the matter.
Can I Check My Matric Results With My ID Number?
You will need your ID number to check your matric results online or via SMS. However, don’t forget that you will also need your candidate or examination number. This is the number that was assigned to you when you wrote your exams, and you should be able to find it on any official paperwork relating to your exam session. Your school or study institution may also be able to help you with this. Don’t confuse it with your school-issued enrollment or student number, however- this is the number you received for the matric session from the Department of Education.
As your matric results will be publicly available, this is done to protect your privacy. If they were simply listed by ID number, anyone would be able to identify you or fraudulently use your marks. Instead, your results are listed by examination number, which cannot easily be tied to your personal identity.
How Can I Get My Matric Supplementary Results?
Supplementary exams are typically written 3-4 weeks after the examination results are published. Results will be available about a month after you write. You will access your supplementary results in the same way as your original results- you can use the online portal, the SMS and USSD services, or the MatricsMate app. Remember that these will let you view your results but are not the official paperwork from the Department. This you will receive in due course from the school or exam center where you wrote.
How Long Does it Take to Get Supplementary Results?
Supplementary exam results are typically available about four to six weeks after you take the supplementary exams. This is usually in mid-April. However, the matric result release for 2024 will be unusually late, happening in late February rather than late January 2024, so expect supplementary examination results to also be a little late in 2024- target mid-May.
What Happens if You Fail Supplementary Exams?
It can feel devastating to fail your supplementary matric exams, especially if your original results were also poor. The good news is you can continue to rewrite examinations until you ‘age out’ at 21 years of age- and even then, you will be able to opt for a matric upgrade course. Obviously, this is far from ideal, and it is worth taking a deep breath and evaluating why you are continuing to fail the same subject. Perhaps you would benefit from a tutor or different educational materials. However, it does not mean the end of your academic career, and you can find ways to continue your goals and dreams while you work towards a better matric result.
While seeing an ‘incomplete’ matric result is certainly cause to enquire with the Department as to what has happened, it doesn’t mean you failed your exam. And even if you did, the supplementary matric exam session is there to help you improve your marks and meet your educational goals. Remember, there is always a path forward, so don’t lose hope.
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