Grade 11 is a make-or-break year for your career
With mid-year exams only a few weeks away, an education expert has warned grade 11s to take this year, and their preparation for it, just as seriously as grade 12 – if not, more so.
“Parents, learners and even teachers mistakenly think that Matric is the most important year of schooling, yet grade 11 is just as important and these years should not be considered as separate milestones, but rather as a 2-year event,” says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education.
Many institutions make provisional offers for admission based on Grade 11 results. Therefore, pupils should give Grade 11 their best effort. “Applications for university open in the March of your matric year, but because this is too early for you to have any meaningful marks, institutions often use the exam marks from Grade 11,” says Payne.
Payne notes that higher-education institutions usually give one of three replies to applications submitted based on Grade 11 marks:
- Provisionally accepted
- Waiting list
“Once rejected, it is very difficult to have your application re-evaluated, even if your Grade 12 marks have improved dramatically, and especially for those courses which are in high demand,” she says.
However, learners whose applications in their Grade 11 year are rejected do have options left to them, notes Payne.
- Applying for the same or similar course at a different institution.
- Applying for a different type of qualification at the same institution
- Working on improving school marks, particularly when placed on a waiting list.
“The waiting list is often a ‘cream of the crop’ selection which is applied once results are known. So if there are 100 people on the waiting list and your marks are in the top 10, you have a better chance of being accepted,” says Payne.
In addition to ensuring timeous placement in a field of study at one’s institution of choice, working hard in Grade 11 also means that learners are able to make the best of the opportunity to practise the study and exam writing skills that will allow them to give the performance of their lifetime when the Matric exams roll around.”