Top tips and guidelines for the 2022 Computer Applications Technology exam

The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for Computer Applications Technology outlines the nature and purpose of the subject Computer Applications Technology. This guides the philosophy underlying the teaching and assessment of the subject in Grade 12. 

The purpose of these Examination Guidelines, which replace all earlier versions, is to: 

  • Assist teachers to adequately prepare learners for the examinations 
  • Provide clarity on the depth and scope of the content to be assessed in the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations in Computer Applications Technology 
  • Elaborate on the contents of the Abridged Section 4 amendments of the CAPS 
  • Provide information on what will no longer be examinable 
  • Indicate what will be included in those topics that mention ‘New Trends and Technologies’ 

This document deals with the final Grade 12 external examinations and not with the SBA or PAT per se. However, it is strongly suggested that the principles and the new content in these guidelines be applied to the SBA and PAT, where applicable. 

These Examination Guidelines should be read in conjunction with: 

  • The National Curriculum Statement (NCS) Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS): Computer Applications Technology, specifically 
  • Section 3 – Content and scope per topic 
  • Section 4 – January 2021 Abridged Section 4 amendments of the NCS CAPS: Computer Applications Technology 
  • Annexure G: Government Gazette No. 37651, 16 May 2014 (formerly in Government Gazette No. 31337 of 29 August 2008): Regulations pertaining to the conduct, administration and management of assessment for the National Senior Certificate. 
  • 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 

Teachers must take note that these are guidelines. Changes and developments in the technological environment should be taken into consideration when topics are taught.