How to Calculate Your APS

Thursday, 8 April, 2021 - 14:26
Saarah Richards
How to Calculate Your APS

If you are a first time student or just finished high school and, getting ready for the next chapter of your academic life but, you're still unsure what to study or what you qualify for, your APS can help. Your APS can show you whether or not you meet the requirement for the tertiary institution you wish to attend.


APS stands for Admission Point Score. Your APS score is important for your acceptance into many different higher education institutions 

So if you have recently matriculated or you are a first time student who's unsure of which direction to go in, your APS can help you decide. 

Your APS guides you if you are not sure what you want to study and it shows you which universities or programmes you qualify for. 

There are many APS calculators that can show you the exact courses you qualify for.

You can calculate your own APS score by adding the points of your six best subjects in high school (excluding Life Orientation), the percentage you received for that subject determines your points. The total number of points you receive is you APS. 

The point system works as follows:

  • 80% - 100% = 7 points
  • 70% - 79% = 6 points
  • 60% - 69% = 5 points
  • 50% - 59% = 4 points
  • 40% - 49% = 3 points
  • 30% - 39% = 2 points
  • 0% - 29% = 1 point

Once you have summed up all you points you have you APS score. The highest possible score you can achieve is 42.

For undergraduate qualifications theses of the minimum APS scores needs:

  • Higher Certificate - 15 points
  • Diploma - 18 points
  • Bachelor's Degree - 21+ points (depending of the qualification)

Click here to calculate your APS score and see which qualifications you meet the requirements of.

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