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National Benchmark Tests

The National Benchmark Tests (NBT) measure an applicant's academic readiness for University.

They are one of two national assessments in South Africa, the other being the National school leaving examination, the National Senior Certificate (NSC), which is a statutory requirement for entry into higher education.

The NBT Project is criterion-referenced, meaning the results can be used to predict the performance of the test-taker in that subject. The NBT tests students in three domains: Academic Literacy (AL), Quantitative Literacy (QL) and Mathematics (MAT).

The purpose of the NBTs is to identify academic potential in any learners who have not had access to adequate schooling and to ensure appropriate learning support when they get to university. The strength of the tests lies in the fact that they contribute to and improve success at higher education institutions.

Visit the NBT web site.

Downloads:

NBT information pamphlet for 2019 | AQL Educators' Booklet | MAT Educator's Booklet 

 

NBT test schedule for 2019:

NBT Test Dates 2019 for 2020 Intake Last Day to Register Online 2020 Intake Last Day to Pay Fees 2020 Intake Results Available to Institutions 2020 Intake Results Available to Writers 2020 Intake (by 12h00 on date)

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