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Large scale research study on use of National Benchmark Tests (NBTs)
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 10:15

Earlier this year, a large research project, funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, explored the predictive validity of the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs), something which had long been a source of dispute with different claims being made about them in different institutions.  

Analysis of this data showed that:

Both the NBTs and the National Senior Certificate (NSC) had similar value in predicting performance at tertiary level; and The NBTs had strong diagnostic value because of the way they are able to analyse students’ performance at a sub-domain level (i.e. performance within the broad constructs of ‘literacy’ and ‘mathematics’).  The NSC simply cannot do this in its current form.
Interview with Catherine Millett, ETS
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 13:15

Having recently celebrated 15 years of service at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and serving as chair of the Executive Committee of the global social movement, Global Access to Postsecondary Education (GAPS), Catherine Millett has a wealth of experience in education. She sat down with us recently to provide some insight into the work she does, and to share her thoughts on the synergies between ETS, GAPS, and CETAP.

Integrated student support on the cards
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 11:45

A project to design an integrated, digitised student support system, which tracks students ľ data all the way from application to graduation and makes everything accessible in one place, was launched on Monday, 13 August. UCT’s proposal for the system was written by Naziema Jappie, director of the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP). 

Creating an Ecosystem for Student Success
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:15

On Monday, 6th August, CETAP and GAPS (Global Access to Postsecondary Education Initiative) hosted a one-day seminar at the University of Cape Town: “Creating an ecosystem for student success”.

The event drew academics from around the globe, including South Africa, the Netherlands, the United States, and Jamaica, to discuss issues of access to postsecondary education.

DMISRS Symposium
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 13:15

The first Diagnostic Mathematics Information for Student Retention and Success (DMISRS) Symposium, where Mathematicians and other academics gathered to discuss and clarify the challenges of retention and success of Mathematics students in Higher Education, took place on the 19th and 20th July, 2018, at the University of Cape Town.

DMISRS Project
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00

CETAP has secured funding and has begun work on a collaborative, national project: The Diagnostic Mathematics Information for Student Retention and Success (DMISRS) Project. 

The DMISRS Project aims to analyse the curricula of first year Mathematics courses in Higher Education in order to establish how best to address students’ needs through curriculum-integrated support initiatives, including blended-learning.

Individual areas of need for students in identified institutions will be determined through NSC Mathematics and NBT sub-domain analysis and the kind of Mathematics support needed will be workshopped.

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.