Matric results 2015 – how to get them via SMS

The matric results for the class of 2015 will be released by the Department of Education on 5 January at 18:00, with individual results set to be available from 6 January.

Exam monitoring body Umalusi recently said learners from 2015 performed worse than their predecessors from 2014.

“There are a number of factors that affected this year’s learner performance, which we hope we can correct,” said Umalusi council chairperson Professor John Volmink.

Matric results via SMS and USSD

The Department of Education in partnership with SABC Education will allow students to receive their results via SMS or through a USSD service – as detailed below.


  • Send an SMS to 35658
  • The SMS should consist of your ID number and student number.
  • The system verifies the ID number and the exam number; both numbers must have 13 digits in order to be accepted.
  • SMSs are charged at R1.00 per SMS, free SMSs do not apply.


  • Dial *120*35658#
  • Put in your ID number and exam number to register.
  • Once the results are available, you will get your results per subject.
  • USSD has a resume session function, where the system recognises the number the next time the user dials the string
  • The cost for USSD is 20 cents per 20 seconds.

Update: Please note that the SMS and USSD numbers have been updated, following a mistake on the SA Government website.

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