More than 350 000 registered candidates are writing examinations until June 14.
General manager at The Independent Institute of Education, Peter Kriel, said they should remain disciplined and focused right to the end and not underestimate the importance of this round of assessments.
Kriel said the matrics must use mid-year exams to their advantage. He said it would be their first real encounter with the high expectations they would need to meet this year.
If they did their best now, they would be in a better position to handle the demands of the last half of the year. They would also be able to pinpoint and address those areas that still needed attention before sitting down for their last school exams.