What Are the NBTs?

NBTs Stand for National Benchmark Tests.

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What Are the NBTs?

The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) are assessments for first-year applicants to higher education institutions. The NBTs were designed to measure a writer’s ability to transfer understanding of Academic Literacy, Quantitative Literacy, and Mathematics to the demands of tertiary coursework.

The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) were commissioned by Universities in South Africa. (formerly Higher Education South Africa – HESA) with the task of assessing the academic readiness of first-year university students as a supplement to secondary school reports on learning achieved in content-specific courses.

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Universities South Africa, formerly known as Higher Education South Africa (HESA), is a membership organization representing South Africa’s universities.

The new name was launched on 22 July 2015 in order to reposition the organization as a representative body of South Africa’s public universities, that aims to promote a more inclusive, responsive and equitable national system of higher education.

This event marked a new dawn for South Africa’s public universities as our leadership re-committed themselves to advancing the key mission of research, teaching, learning and community engagement, in a consultative and transparent manner.

The NBTs assess the ability to combine aspects of prior learning in competency areas;

  • Academic Literacy (AL),
  • Quantitative Literacy (QL) and
  • Mathematics (MAT)

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Preparing for The NBTests

There are two booklets available to assist in preparing you for the tests, each of these booklets contains questions for you to practice and get a feel for what is in the tests. You may download these individually in the pdf below:

The AQL test is written by applicants to all programmes. The second test is Mathematics (MAT), which is written by applicants to programmes for which mathematics is a requirement.

Requirements for NBTs Registrations

Below are the listed terms and conditions to apply for the NBTests.

You must have your official ID booklet or foreign passport. You are required to enter your ID number and your name exactly as it appears in your ID booklet.

You will need a unique email address – ie – one that no one else has used to register for the NBTs. This means that each sibling in a family needs their own email address to register.

You also need to check the following before you select the date and test site:

  • Your school’s calendar for sporting and social events, holidays, and exams;
  • Closing dates and application deadlines at all institutions where you intend to apply;
  • The language of instruction where you are applying; and
  • Your transportation options to the test site.

Links to Universities

Every university has its own policies and admission requirements. Check the links below to find out the application procedures, deadlines, and NBT guidelines. The NBTP provides tests in Afrikaans on select dates at many of the test sites across South Africa.

The NBTP will provide your results to any university, but only upon written request.

Payments for NBTs Registrations

Costs for the 2021 registrations cycle are as follows;

  • AQL only R100
  • AQL & MAT R200
  • Re-mark R250

All NBT fees must be paid through EasyPay.

SEE – How To Register for NBTs.

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