Top tips and guidelines for the 2022 Mathematics exam

The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for Mathematics outlines the nature and purpose of the subject Mathematics. 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 Examination in Mathematics 
  • 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), performance assessment tasks (PATs) or final external practical examinations as these are clarified in a separate PAT document which is updated annually. 

These guidelines should be read in conjunction with: 

  • The National Curriculum Statement (NCS) Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS): Mathematics 
  • 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) 
  • National policy pertaining to the programme and promotion requirements of the National Curriculum Statement, Grades R to 12