Top tips and guidelines for the 2022 First Additional Language exam

The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for Official Languages: First Additional Language outlines the nature and purpose of the subject Official Languages: First Additional Language. This guides the philosophy underlying the teaching and assessment of the subject 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 in Official Languages: First Additional Language. 
  • Assist teachers to adequately prepare learners for the examinations. 

This document deals with the final Grade 12 external examinations. It does not deal in any depth with the School-Based Assessment (SBA).  These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the following policy documents (available at schools, district offices and on the website – 

  • The National Curriculum Statement (NCS) Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS): Official Languages: First Additional Language 
  • 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 
  • Circular E16 of 2020, Circular E19 of 2018 and Circular S13 of 2013 (Literature)