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NBT website revamped
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 15:00

The National Benchmark Tests (NBT) website has been overhauled to ensure it is more user-friendly. Read about some exciting new features.

Vacancy at CETAP
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 11:15

CETAP seeks to hire an Academic Literacy Research Lead. The role of the Academic Literacy (AL) Research Lead is to develop the Academic Literacy tests and translate the diagnostic information from these tests into usable teaching and learning information to improve throughput, student retention and graduation. Relevant areas of specialization are Language, Academic Literacy, Applied Language Studies, Academic or Curriculum Development.

New paper about the NBTs published
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 11:00

"School-leaving and university entrance assessments in explaining performance in Engineering studies", by Robert Prince, Darlington Mutakwa, and Janine Dunlop, has been published in the Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education

NBT Invigilator Training
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 09:15

CETAP has just completed its biennial training roadshow. This training of NBT Site Coordinators from all the nine provinces was carried out in four major centres: Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, East London, and a fifth and final session in Cape Town.

New paper about the NBT
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 14:30

A paper by CETAP's Test Development Coordinator, Robert Prince, has been published i: Prince, R. (2016) ‘Predicting Success in Higher Education: The Value of Criterion and Norm-referenced Assessments’, Practitioner Research in Higher Education Journal, 10(1), pp.22-38.

Vacancy: Mathematics Research Lead
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 08:00

CETAP seeks a candidate for the position of Mathematics (MAT) Research Lead in the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP), Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), for appointment as soon as possible.

Stoogle features National Benchmark Tests
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:00

Our article advising teachers how to put their learners' minds at ease about the National Benchmark Tests was featured by Stoogle this week. 

New article on Academic Literacy
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 10:30

A new article by CETAP's Academic Literacy research lead, Kabelo Sebolai, has been published in Language Matters.

Hope for prospective UCT students, despite disappointing NBT results
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:45

In an article for Bizcommunity, we look at how the National Benchmark Tests and the Academic Development Programme work together to support students:

"Students that do well on their National Senior Certificate (NSC) may find that they have disappointing National Benchmark Tests (NBT) results. However, they may still be accepted to the University of Cape Town, through the extended degree programmes in all faculties through the Academic Development Programme based in the Centre for Higher Education Development."

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NBT: Educators' documents
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 13:30

CETAP has released two documents aimed at educators to assist them in preparing their learners for the NBT.

South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 09:30

Dean and Associate Professor, Suellen Shay, asks whether South African universities are ready for the latest crop of matriculants. 

Study on the NBT and NSC
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 10:30

Page 4 of the Institutional Planning Department's latest newsletter profiles a new study that explores the relationship between the academic performance in the National Benchmark Tests and National Senior Certificate in problematic courses in the first year of study at UCT.