This Is What Your NBT Results Mean


Please share this article

Have you received your NBT results but you don't really know what they mean? Well we're here to help, keep reading to find out more.

Advertisement i

The National Benchmark Test (NBT) is an examination which is set up by the National Benchmark Test Project. It is a set of tests which are used to assess a learner's academic literacy, general knowledge, and mathematical skill in order to measure academic readiness for university. 

The NBT consists of two tests: Core Maths (MAT) and the Academic Quantitative Literacy (AQL), which are both multiple-choice tests with three hours writing time. These tests are written on the same day and can be written in English or Afrikaans depending on what the learner indicated when registering. 

After you have written your NBT, your results will reflect on the NBT website. To view these results you just need to log in to the NBT website using your ID number as your username and your password that you created during the registration process. 

You can also access your results by sending an email to [email protected] requesting your results. You can request your results four weeks after your test session.

So what do your NBT results mean? 

The three performance levels or benchmark categories that your NBT score can be placed in are: 

  • 'Proficient',
  • 'Intermediate', or
  • 'Basic'.

If your score is placed in the "Proficient" category then it means that you will be able to cope with the demands of tertiary study programmes without needing extra academic support. 

If your score is placed in the "Intermediate" category then it means that it is suspected that you will face challenges in your academic performance in university and would need some academic support. 

If your score is placed in the "Basic" category then it means that you are seen to be unprepared for university studies. 

Click here to view the maximums and maximums for each benchmark category. 


Suggested Article:

person writing their nbt

2023 registrations for the National Benchmark Test, commonly known as the NBTs, are now open. So until when do you have to before registrations close?

Online Shopping Links

Takealot - Temu - Amazon - Shein



WhatsApp Channel

Sponsored Ad

Google News

Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a lot of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even starting your own business. There are so many choices but we are here to help.


Where to Study

Advertisement m

Other Articles

Over the past few weeks, thousands of Grade 11 and Matric students were informed that they did not receive an offer to study at a Public University. Every year, only a fraction of applicants are successful, which severely impacts the future plans of these students and their parents, who do not know what their further options are.  


Latest SASSA articles

Sassa revealed that individuals can submit Sassa grant applications online. Here's everything you need to know about Sassa online grant applications. 

Millions of people living in South Africa are unemployed. These people can apply for the R370 grant in June 2024. 


Careers Advice

Everyone is spending so much time online these days - which has lead to Digital Marketing growing into a big business. Working in Digital Marketing promises a long and profitable career but what exactly does a Digital Marketer do? And how do you get into Digital Marketing?

Advertisement i