National Benchmark Tests

National Benchmark Tests

NBT registration for the intake opens on 01 April 2022

The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) were commissioned by Universities South Africa (formerly: Higher Education South Africa: HESA) with the task of assessing academic readiness of first-year university students as a supplement to secondary school reports on learning achieved in content-specific courses.

The NBTs assess the ability to combine aspects of prior learning in competency areas – Academic Literacy (AL), Quantitative Literacy (QL) and Mathematics (MAT) – that directly impact the success of first-year university students. AL and QL are combined in the AQL test and written in a three-hour morning session; the MAT is written in a three-hour afternoon session. Both are administered under standardized testing conditions at sites across South Africa on designated ‘national’ test dates.

The NBTP reports result on a scale of 10-99 and by Benchmarks to better inform learners and universities about the level of academic support that may be required for successful completion of programmes. Results are also used by universities in course development, programme planning and placement decisions.

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