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Thinking about pursuing a university education in South Africa? Registering for the National Benchmark Test could be your next step.

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The National Benchmark Test (NBT) evaluates a learners academic readiness for higher education. It is therefore crucial for learners who want to attend university to register for the NBT exams. 

The NBT consists of two tests: Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy (AQL), combined into one multiple-choice test, and Mathematics (MAT).

While AQL is used to gauge learners' readiness for all programmes at universities, MAT is only required for programmes with a mathematics component. Candidates are given a total of three hours to complete both sections, with each section being timed.

Prospective university candidates can register on the NBT website at www.nbt.ac.za. Simply click on "book a test" and follow the prompts to complete your registration. Upon successful completion, you'll receive a registration confirmation containing your unique NBT reference number, essential for payment processing.

The NBT Project allows individuals to take the test twice, with the total fee payable each time. Candidates can choose between online or physical venue testing.

National writing sessions are scheduled on select Saturdays and Sundays, allowing candidates to plan accordingly.

What You Need For NBT Registration

  • Your official ID book (if you are not a citizen of South Africa, you will need your passport)
  • A unique email address
  • City and site where you want to write
  • NBT requirements from the institutions where you plan to apply
  • Date when you want to write
  • Pen and paper to record your username and EasyPay number

It's important to note that the NBT Project does not determine which test a learner must write nor the deadline for submitting results. Most institutions in South Africa post their requirements on their website and in their prospectus.

Learners are encouraged to complete the registration process as soon as possible. Registration is date- and venue-specific. If you miss your scheduled test, you must re-register and pay again. You will be able to access your results only if you have paid for any tests for which you were registered.

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