The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations mark a pivotal milestone in every South African learner’s academic journey. As the matric class of 2024 gears up for this significant event, the Department of Basic Education has unveiled the much-anticipated timetable for the October/November examinations. This meticulously crafted schedule serves as a roadmap, guiding learners through the intricate landscape of assessments and ensuring a seamless examination experience.

Navigating the Examination Landscape

The NSC examinations are a culmination of years of dedication and hard work, and the timetable plays a crucial role in ensuring that learners are well-prepared and organized for this momentous occasion. By providing a clear outline of the examination dates, subjects, and durations, the timetable empowers learners to plan their study schedules effectively and allocate their time judiciously.


To ensure a smooth and efficient examination process, the Department of Basic Education has thoughtfully structured the timetable into distinct weeks, each encompassing a range of subjects and assessment formats. Let’s delve into the intricate details of this comprehensive schedule.

Week 1: Laying the Foundation

The first week of the examinations sets the tone for the entire assessment period. Kicking off on Monday, October 21st, learners will tackle the language papers, including English, Afrikaans, and South African Sign Language. Additionally, Computer Applications Technology and various language subjects, such as Arabic, French, Italian, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Serbian, Spanish, Latin, Portuguese, and Hebrew, will be assessed during this week.

Subjects like Business Studies, Information Technology, and indigenous languages like isiZulu, isiXhosa, siSwati, isiNdebele, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xitsonga, and Tshivenda will also feature prominently in the first week’s schedule.

Week 2: Navigating Core Subjects

As the second week commences on Monday, October 28th, learners will encounter a diverse array of subjects, including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu, Hebrew, German, and Marine Sciences. This week also marks the assessment of History and Engineering Graphics and Design, providing learners with an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in these critical areas.

Furthermore, the week culminates with the highly anticipated Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Technical Mathematics, Religion Studies, and Sport and Exercise Science examinations on Friday, November 1st.

Week 3: Tackling Geography, Computer Studies, and More

The third week promises to be equally engaging, with examinations in Geography, Computer Applications Technology, Nautical Science, Information Technology, History, Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies, Physical Sciences, Technical Sciences, and Dramatic Arts. Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of these diverse subjects, which span various disciplines.

Week 4: Embracing the Sciences and Creative Arts

As the fourth week commences on Monday, November 11th, learners will delve into the realms of Physical Sciences (Chemistry), Technical Sciences, Dance Studies, isiZulu, isiXhosa, siSwati, isiNdebele, Economics, English, and Engineering Graphics and Design. This week also features assessments in Accounting and Tourism, providing learners with a well-rounded examination experience.

Week 5: Life Sciences, Visual Arts, and Economic Geography

The fifth week promises to be a captivating one, with examinations in Life Sciences, Visual Arts, Electrical Technology, Afrikaans, Economics, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xitsonga, Tshivenda, South African Sign Language, Geography, Religion Studies, Maritime Economics, Accounting, and Agricultural Sciences. This diverse array of subjects will challenge learners’ knowledge and critical thinking abilities across multiple disciplines.

Week 6: Wrapping Up with Music, Agriculture, and Design

As the examination period draws to a close, the sixth week offers learners the opportunity to showcase their talents in Music, Agricultural Management Practices, Marine Sciences, Design, and practical assessments for Computer Applications Technology and Information Technology. This final stretch ensures that learners leave no stone unturned in their academic endeavors.

Embracing the Matric Journey

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) October/November examinations timetable for 2024 is a testament to the Department of Basic Education’s commitment to providing a comprehensive and well-structured assessment experience for learners. By meticulously organizing the examinations across various subjects and disciplines, the timetable ensures that learners have ample time to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities.

As the matric class of 2024 embarks on this transformative journey, it is essential to approach the examinations with determination, focus, and a positive mindset. By adhering to the timetable and utilizing effective study strategies, learners can confidently navigate the challenges that lie ahead and unlock their full potential.

Remember, the National Senior Certificate examinations are a gateway to countless opportunities, and with proper preparation and dedication, success is well within reach. Embrace this journey with enthusiasm, and may the timetable serve as a guiding light, illuminating the path to academic excellence.

The timetable for the 2024 NSC Examinations has been published and may be accessed using the link below.



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