Subject Choice: Mandarin

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can take Mandarin?

A: Pupils who took Mandarin as SAL or FAL when they were in Grade 8.

Q: Can a native Mandarin-speaking pupil take this subject? Are they qualified to write the IEB Mandarin SAL examination?

A: Yes. They can take and write it as an IEB matriculation subject.

Q: Will the pupils write characters for the exam papers?

A: Yes. There will be two papers, Paper One and Paper Two. Pinyin will be provided with the texts in the papers. Paper One is on Reading and Viewing Language. In Paper Two (Writing Presenting Language), pupils are required to write characters. It involves writing narrative/descriptive, transactional texts and so on.

Q: If I am a South African who has been out of the country for over three years, can I write Mandarin when I matriculate?

A: Yes. However, they would need to apply to be exempted from doing FAL in Option 2.

Q: I am not a South African pupil. Can I write Mandarin SAL?

A: Yes, you can. Pupils of other nationalities can write Mandarin SAL with exemption from doing FAL (First Additional Language).

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