oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Matriculation examinations as indicators of successful performance at the University of Transkei

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



Matriculation Examinations results are the basis for admission to all South African universities across the country. Matric results are considered predictor of students' performance at university studies. With this understanding, the purpose of this research was to find out a relationship between successful performance at matric mathematics and performance in a first year mathematics course at the University of Transkei. In keeping with the research hypothesis, there was a statistically significant correlation between passing matric mathematics and performance in a first-year mathematics course. This holds true for both genders in the two analyses undertaken. In view of this, successful performance in matric might serve as an indicator of the potential students have in succeeding in their university studies. The findings of the present study challenge the views of those who have had reason to question the extent to which Matriculation Examinations predict students' performance at university level.

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