NBT Test Past Papers and Memos


National Benchmark Tests

The National Benchmark Test is actually two tests, the English language test and the mathematics test. South African universities developed the tests to provide additional information about the candidates who were registering to study with them.

They are designed to provide an insight into the academic readiness of prospective students to universities. Depending on what course you want to study you may have to do one NBT test or two.

The NBT project was designed to show the university how prepared you are for academic study by measuring things like your quantitative literacy. The multiple choice tests are helpful then to the universities, but also to the prospective students, when they review your NBT results.

A South African education company has been running workshops and courses that have helped a number of learners prepare for the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs). 

Using past NBT test papers and memos can be a great tool to help you ace the test and get into the university you really want to. 

How To Register For A National Benchmark Test

The first thing you need to do is to check with the university, or universities, that you are applying to and confirm if you have to complete a National Benchmark Test. You also need to confirm if you have to complete one test or both tests.

Prospective students will find the registration process quite straightforward. You can register for the NBT online on the NBT website with your ID number and contact details. All the general information you need about the academic literacy tests can be found on the NBT website

NBT Registration Process

You must chose a date to complete your test. Test dates are available up until early 2024. However it is usually a good idea to book a test date quite early. Then if you result isn't as good as you hoped, you can write the test again.

NBT Past Papers

There are sample test papers available to help you with preparing for these academic literacy tests. It probably isn't completely accurate to call them 'past papers', but they are a good indication of what you will find when you write the test.

You can also take advantage of the NBT preparation app that is made available by Advantage Learn.

NBT Test Results

Once you have a scheduled test date you can start to prepare for the tests. Once you have completed the tests you will be able to view your NBT results on the official NBT website.

There is an NBT call centre if you have questions about your NBT results.


Some universities in South Africa require students to have a National Senior Certificate (Matric) and a National Bench Mark Test (NBT) score to determine whether the students are suitable to attend their university. Here's how you can register for your NBT.

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Individuals planning to study further at a tertiary education institution will need to write a National Benchmark Test to complete their application and be accepted. The NBT test dates for 2023 are now available.

If you are planning on studying at a tertiary education institution in 2024, you may need to write the National Benchmark Test in order to complete your application and be accepted. Here is all you need to know about the 2023 registration process.

Do you need to write your NBT but not able to write it in person? Well, here is how you can register to write your NBTs online.

If you are looking to pursue studies for a tertiary qualification then you may have to write NBTs in order to meet admission requirements at your preferred institution. Here's more information on the NBT simulation test. 

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.

A South African education company has been running workshops and courses that have helped a number of learners prepare for the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs). Recently, this company launched an NBT preparation app for learners.


If you are a matriculant who recently applied to study at one of South Africa’s public universities, then there is a chance that you will be required to sit for and write the National Benchmark Test. If you are curious as to how it works, read more to find out.

Have you written your NBT examination but now you're unsure of how to get your results? Well we're here to help. Here's how to get your NBT results. 

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Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a multitude 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 considering entrepreneurial ventures, each offering unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.

You've probably been contemplating the next chapter of your life all throughout the year asking yourself, 'what am I going to study after I finish completing my matric certificate exams?', 'am I going to study? What else can I do when I pass'? Well, we can help.


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