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CETAP's Mission

Our mission is to provide educational testing that contributes to access and success at UCT and in the broader higher education and training sector.

In realising this mission, CETAP develops educational tests that are reliable and valid in these higher educational contexts. Its educational measurement and learning analytics research supports and informs teaching and learning and educational policy with respect to selection, admission and placement in order to improve access and success.

One of CETAP’s key roles is the identification of the academic potential of school-leavers – particularly those from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds – to cope with the typical core demands of higher education study. It is home to the National Benchmark Tests Project (NBTP). The purpose of the NBTP is four-fold:

  • To assess entry-level academic and quantitative literacy and mathematics proficiency of student;
  • To assess the relationship between entry level proficiencies and school-level exit outcomes;
  • To provide a service to HE institutions requiring additional information in the admission and placement of students; and
  • To inform the nature of foundation courses and curriculum responsiveness