Assessment / High Schools / National Senior Certificate

The IEB provides Umalusi accredited examinations in all subjects recognised in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) for the schools that are registered with it.



The IEB uses the South African National Curriculum which is regulated by the Department of Basic Education.

  • The IEB NSC is quality assured by Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education.
  • The IEB NSC is an internationally benchmarked qualification and is equivalent to Cambridge AS level.

The IEB produces consistent, reliable results in the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate:

  • Average pass rate is between 97% and 98%
  • Pass with entry to degree study, between 78% and 80%

A study carried out at the University of Cape Town in 2008 noted that:

  • 25% of first degree graduates at UCT in 2007 came from IEB schools
  • On average over a 3 year period, the throughput rate of learners from IEB schools was 98%

The IEB assesses the following NSC subjects for all IEB and State schools:

  • All non-official languages i.e. Arabic, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Mandarin from 2018.
  • Equine Studies
  • Nautical Science
  • Maritime Economics
  • Sports and Exercise Science