Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) outline the nature and
purpose of each subject. They guide the philosophy underlying the
teaching and assessment of the subjects in Grade 12.
The purpose of these Examination Guidelines is to:
►Provide clarity on the depth and scope of the content to be assessed in
the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination.
►Assist teachers to adequately prepare learners for the examinations.
These guidelines deal with the final Grade 12 external examinations.
They do not deal in any depth with the School-Based Assessment (SBA).
These Examination Guidelines should be read in conjunction with:
►The National Curriculum Statement (NCS) Curriculum and Assessment
Policy Statement (CAPS)
►The National Protocol of Assessment: An addendum to the policy
document, the National Senior Certificate: A qualification at Level 4 on
the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), regarding the National
Protocol for Assessment (Grades R–12)
►The national policy pertaining to the programme and promotion
requirements of the National Curriculum Statement, Grades R–12
These Examination Guidelines are meant to articulate the assessment
aspirations espoused in the CAPS documents. They are therefore not a
substitute for the CAPS documents which educators should teach to.
Qualitative curriculum coverage as enunciated in the CAPS cannot be