The National Benchmark Tests are tests, run by Universities South Africa, that measure an individual’s readiness for university level education. Some universities use the NBTs together with the National Senior Certificate to grant access to their institutions. Other universities use the NBTs to determine what kind of academic support a student may need once accepted.

There are 2 tests
  • Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy (AQL)
  • Mathematics (MAT)

*Both tests are available in English and Afrikaans. The AQL is also available in Braille.You can write the AQL test only or the AQL and the MAT test however you cannot write the MAT test only. Whether you should write the AQL test only or the AQL and the MAT test will be determined by the university and faculty you apply to.
2018 Prices
  • AQL only: R90
  • AQL and MAT: R180

  • Check with the university you applied to if you need to write the NBTs. If yes, check which tests you need to write (AQL only or AQL and MAT).
  • Register on www.nbt.ac.za and click “Book a Test” – You need your ID to register. Follow the instructions on the website.
  • Pay (See how to pay below)
  • Online via the website: Print receipt as proof of payment

  • Pick n’ Pay
  • Shoprite
  • Checkers
  • Lewis Stores
  • Lifestyle living
  • Best Electric
  • Foodworld Stores (Western Cape)
  • Saveworld Stores (Western Cape)
  • Elite Cash n’ Carry (Western Cape)
  • Boxer Superstores *Selected
  • Spar Outlets *Selected

Take you registration letter with you to pay and keep receipt as proof of payment.
What you need on test day
  • ID Book/Smartcard
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Water and lunch if you are writing both AQL and MAT
NO calculator, ruler or learning aid is allowed.

Test Dates:  (Table taken from the NBT website)

NBT Test Dates 2019 for 2020 Intake Last Day to Register Online Last Day to Pay Fees Results Available to Institutions Results Available to Writers
11-May 23-Apr 29-Apr 3-Jun 10-Jun
25-May 5-May 13-May 18-Jun 24-Jun
1-June 12-May 20-May 24-Jun 1-Jul
*2-June 12-May 20-May 24-Jun 1-Jul
22-June 2-Jun 10-Jun 15-Jul 22-Jul
*23-June 2-Jun 10-Jun 15-Jul 22-Jul
**28-June 9-Jun 18-Jun 22-Jul 29-Jul
29-June 9-Jun 18-Jun 22-Jul 29-Jul
6-Jul 18-Jun 24-Jun 29-Jul 5-Aug
13-Jul 23-Jun 1-Jul 5-Aug 12-Aug
*14-Jul 23-Jun 1-Jul 5-Aug 12-Aug
27-July 7-Jul 15-Jul 19-Sep 26-Aug
3-Aug 14-Jul 22-Jul 26-Aug 2-Sep
*4-Aug 14-Jul 22-Aug 26-Aug 2-Sep
24-Aug 4-Aug 12-Aug 16-Sep 23-Sep
7-Sep 18-Aug 26-Aug 30-Sep 7-Oct
14-Sep 25-Aug 2-Sep 7-Oct 14-Oct
28-Sep 8-Sep 16-Sep 21-Oct 28-Oct
5-Oct 15-Sep 23-Sep 28-Oct 4-Nov
*6-Oct 15-Sep 23-Sep 28-Oct 11-Nov
12-Oct 22-Sep 30-Sep 4-Nov 17-Dec
23-Nov 3-Nov 11-Nov 17-Dec 17-Dec
30-Nov 10-Nov 18-Nov 17-Dec 17-Dec
*1-Dec 10-Nov 18-Nov 17-Dec 17-Dec
4-Jan 8-Dec 18-Dec 27-Jan 3-Feb


Test Venues: Offcial NBT venues