CETAP and the NBTs
A brief video that outlines the background to and purpose of the National Benchmark Tests
Welcome to CETAP
The Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP) has been a division of the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) since the beginning of 2014. It was established in the early 1980s as part of the...


Monday, 25 June 2018
South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

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

Publication Date:
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 09:30
Study on the NBT and NSC

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.

Publication Date:
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 10:30
New studies on academic literacy

Two new papers on Academic Literacy (AL) by CETAP's AL Research Lead, Kabelo Sebolai, have been published:

Sebolai, K., and D. Y. Dzansi. 2015. "Measuring the Impact of an Academic Literacy Programme at a South African University of Technology." International Journal of Educational Sciences, v.10(2): 248-255.


Sebolai, K., and L. Huff. "Academic Literacy Curriculum Renewal at a South African University: A Case Study." Journal for Language Teaching 49.1 (2015): 333-351. 

Publication Date:
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:45
Moving beyond the educational blame game in South Africa

"Most of the young people who matriculate in South Africa and qualify on paper to apply to study further simply aren’t ready for the rigours of a university education. This isn’t a sweeping generalisation: it’s proved by data collected over five years as part of the country’s National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy."

Alan Cliff, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town, writes about the National Benchmark Tests and readiness for university education.

Publication Date:
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 09:30