Here’s The Meaning Of Unisa Result Codes


Many students are filled with anxiety during their time of sitting for an examination. It is only when they have received their results that they can plan the next step in their lives with ease.




The University of South Africa (Unisa) has different examination periods throughout the academic year.

Prior to the exam period, the university sends out a communique that does not only encourage students to perform at their best peril, but to take necessary steps in preparing for this time period.

Even after their examinations, students need to prepare themselves for their results which will be a critical component in them deciding their next step in the future.

However, Unisa has noted that students may require additional explanations of the result codes reflecting on their academic records. Here’s what each result code means:

Result code


Result code description



A student "passes" a module when they have received a final mark of 50% and above.


Pass with distinction

A student "passes with distinction" when they obtain a final mark of 75% and above.



A student "fails" a module when they have received a final mark of less than 50% and below.

The student is required to re-register for the module.


Absent from examination

A student is deemed to be "absent from examination" when the university did not receive the student’s submission within the allowable submission period.

If an undergraduate student is absent from their second examination opportunity, they are required to re-register. Postgraduate students are expected to re-register for each module.




The student attains a "supplementary examination" outcome, if:

  • Undergraduate students who failed or were absent from their first examination opportunity (see section 4 below).
  • Postgraduate student who received a final mark of between 40% and 49%.


Students should refer to their examination timetable for the next scheduling of the module examination (refer to section 2 below).


Results outstanding

A student receives a "results outstanding" outcome when the student’s submission is received, but the marking of the submission is still in progress and the final mark is outstanding.


A student may start following up on their outstanding result from 9 January 2023 by sending an e-mail of enquiry to [email protected]


Not admitted to an examination

A student receives a "not admitted to examination" outcome if the student did not meet the examination admission criteria relevant to the module.

A student is required to re-register for the module.



A student receives an "absent-supplementary" outcome when the student failed to utilise the required proctoring tool during their first examination opportunity. 


Students who fail to utilise the proctoring tool in their second examination opportunity are required to re-register.


Script rejected

A student receives a script rejected outcome if a student did not use the required proctoring tool or submitted a password-protected or corrupt file.


A student who is eligible for a second opportunity will automatically be deferred to the next examination opportunity of the affected module (refer to section 4 below).


No further opportunities are granted to students after their second opportunity. Such students are requested to re-register for the applicable module(s) (see section 9 below).


Disciplinary pending  

A student receives a disciplinary pending outcome if a student is suspected of academic dishonesty (see section 7 below).

We recommend re-registration of the module while the disciplinary process is still pending.

Should students have any questions regarding the release of their marks, the university permits them to forward their enquiries via email to [email protected]. The university’s academic or administrative members of staff to students are not allowed to share academic results telephonically.

Unisa exam results are made available via email when a student has registered and indicated that this is the platform that they choose to receive their results from. 

Alternatively, students may also receive hard copies of their academic results via post after the official date of release.





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