nbt
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) -

    3 hours long, written in the morning example questions

  • Mathematics (MAT) -

    3 hours long, written in the afternoon example questions


*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.
2020 Prices
  • AQL only: R110
  • AQL and MAT: R220
  • Re-mark: R220

Registration
  1. 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).
  2. Register on www.nbt.ac.za and click “Book a Test” – You need your ID to register. Follow the instructions on the website.
  3. Pay (See how to pay below)
  1. Online via the EasyPay website: Print receipt as proof of payment

  2. EasyPay Paypoints: Take your registration letter with you to pay and keep 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 your registration letter with you to pay and keep receipt as proof of payment


What you need on test day
  1. ID Book/Smartcard
  2. Pencil and eraser
  3. Water and lunch if you are writing both AQL and MAT
NO calculator, ruler or learning aid is allowed.

Individuals with disabilities:

Provisions are made for learners with disabilities. The NBT Project has previously accomodated individuals who are:

  • Blind
  • Visually impaired
  • Hearing impaired
  • Mobility/physically impaired
  • Have any specific learning disability (i.e. dyslexia, extra time, need a scribe)
  • Have any chronic illness which require special accommodations

To find out more about the provisions made and how to apply for them please click on the link: https://nbt.uct.ac.za/content/learners-disabilities *Please note that medical documentation of your disability is needed to apply for disability related provisions.


Test Venues: Offcial NBT venues