The class of 2018 will sit for their first paper of the year-end matric exams on Monday.
More than 600, 000 matric pupils will sit for the final exams and more than 167, 000 part time candidates will also be writing the finals.
On Monday, the first practical examinations in Computer Examinations Technology (CAT) will be written by 37 340 candidates.
This will be followed by the practical examination for Information Technology that will be written by 4,170 candidates on Tuesday
The 2018 National Senior Certificate examination will get off to a full start next week Monday with the writing of the Non-Official Languages.
The Department of Basic Education says it has left no stone unturned in its bid to ensure a credible examination.
“The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has embarked on an intensive review of all its systems and processes and has taken cognisance of the limitations that may have presented a challenge in previous years and all these have been thoroughly addressed,” the department said.
For the first time, Sign Language will be administered.
The department said question papers will be signed and learners will respond by signing and that will be recorded using the appropriate technology.
Umalusi says it has strengthened its systems to minimise the risk of irregularities during the exams.
The quality assurance body says it is ready to administer and manage the process.
“I can report to you that our system is ready to administer the 2018 final examinations and like I said we will conduct the examination to run smoothly,” said Umalusi CEO Dr. Mafu Ramoketsi.