What Are The National Benchmark Tests? The NBTs?

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If you've applied to university, you will most likely be required to write the National Benchmark Tests. There are a few things you should know before you register to write. We also have the information you need on how to register for the NBTs.


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National Benchmark Tests - NBTs

The National Benchmark tests are used to determine how academically ready you are for university.

The AQL and the MAT

There are two tests that are offered, the AQL and the MAT test. AQL stands for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy, while MAT is an abbreviation for Mathematics

The AQL is written by everyone, while the MAT test is optional and determined by your faculty requirements. Unlike the AQL test which is compulsory for everyone, the MAT tests cannot be written on its own.

If you are writing the MAT test then you also have to write the AQL test. The MAT test is mostly written by learners who are applying for programmes that require mathematics. These are programmes like Engineering, Accounting and science-related degrees.

The format of the two tests is multiple-choice, and each section of the test is timed giving learners 3 hours in total to finish each test.

Before registering to write the NBTs, you must check the faculty requirements of the university programme you are applying for. Faculties state whether you have to write both tests or just the AQL. 

You can visit the NBT website to register.

UPDATE: The NBTS for 2024 Are Now Open For Bookings

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