IEB Matric Online Results Registration

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has a well-known record of producing a high pass rate. Pressures are high amongst the IEB class of 2020 as the average pass rate is between 97% and 98%

Here are South Africa’s IEB matric results

The 2020 IEB Matric Results have been released. The IEB averaged a total of 98.07% for their matric finals. 

Although the pass rate for was lower than in 2019, the IEB matriculants were still able to stay within the same 98 percentile range. This is an incredible achievement for the IEB with all the school days that were missed due to COVID-19. 

The pandemic and fewer school days have not seemed to make much of an impact on the IEB matric results of 2020. Whilst this is the lowest that we have seen the IEB matric results for some time, the IEB pass rate has not dropped below 98% for over 10 years.  

88.42% of IEB matrics from the year 2020 achieved Bachelor’s Degree passes: This is slightly lower than the 89.51% of BD passes in 2019.

8.14% of the 2020 IEB matrics achieved a diploma pass. In 2019, the number of diploma passes were lower at 7.91%. 

1.51% of the IEB class of 2020 achieved higher certificate passes. 1.4% of the IEB matrics of 2019 received a higher certificate pass.

What matric symbols mean?

Higher certificate pass

Learners with a higher certificate pass may only study at an institution that offers higher certificate courses or you can study towards a course that does not require matric. To get a higher certificate pass you have to;

Obtain 40% in your Home Language.

At least 40% in two other subjects.

At least 30% for three other subjects.

Diploma pass

Learners with a diploma pass can study at a college and get a diploma certificate. Learners can also study at a university that offers diploma courses. To get a diploma pass you have to;

Get at least 40% in your home language 

At least 40% in three other subjects

At least 30% for two other subjects

Bachelor’s pass

Learners with a bachelor’s pass can apply to study at university, college or any school of higher education. Acceptance will depend on the course and university requirements. To get a bachelor’s pass you have to;

Obtain at least 40% in your home language 

At least 50% in four other subjects 

At least 30% in two other subjects

Where to get your matric results


IEB Students can log on to the IEB website to access their results.


Learners can also access their results via SMS by registering through an SMS system.

IEB SMS line

IEB learners can receive their results via SMS by registering. To register for this service  you need to send an SMS to 35135, including your ID number and exam number. You will receive a message confirming that your registration has been successful.

It is important to note that SMSs are not free, this registration process will cost around R3.

The newspaper

Results will also be published on different newspapers on the day the results are released. The results on the newspaper will not show your full results.

The results will simply state whether you passed and with which symbol you have passed. Students can pass on three different levels; Bachelor’s pass, Diploma pass and Higher certificate pass.

Study tips

There is no need to panic about your upcoming exams. If you prepare the right way, you will definitely ace those exams. Here are a few study tips to help you gear up for those exams:

Keep calm. Don’t panic

Take walks and short breaks to relax your mind.

Create a study plan

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Ask for help

Get enough rest

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