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.

2019 Registrations open on 1 April 2019!

2018 Prices:

  • AQL only: R90
  • AQL and MAT: R180


  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)

Payment Methods:


    1. Online via the website: Print receipt as proof of payment


  • Paypoints: Take you 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

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.

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: (Copy pasted from the NBT website. Thought we could present it in a more interesting way then tables on HMU website. The idea I had was maybe have a map of each province with pins/ stars over the towns, then when you click/put the curser on the pin/star the venue and its address pop up in a drop down or side box – just an idea)


Venues in the Eastern Cape

PE: NMU Gardham Avenue, Summerstrand , Port Elizabeth, 6001
GRAHAMSTOWN: Rhodes University Drosty Rd, Grahamstown 6139
Matatiele: King Edward High School 10 School Street, Matatiele
Matatiele: Maluti College 120 Long Street, Matatiele
Mthatha: Umtata High School 55 Victoria Street, Mthahta, 5099
UFH: Alice Campus Private Bag X 1314, King William’s Town Rd, Alice 5700
UFH: Bisho Campus Independance Ave, Bhisho 5600
UFH: East London Campus 50 Church Street, East London, 5201
WSU: Queenstown Campus 56 Grey Street, Queenstown
WSU- Buffalo City Walter Sisulu University,C.01 Taxi City,College Street,East London
WSU-Butterworth Walter Sisulu University,The New Auditorium,Ibika Site,Butterworth
WSU-Mthatha Walter Sisulu University,AC Jordan Utility Hall,

Phulo Student Residences,Nelson Mandela Drive Site,Mthatha

PE: Varsity college 1st floor Mercantile Bank Plaza, Ring Rd, Greenacres
Aliwal North High School Somerset Street,Aliwal North,9750
Port St Johns Youth Centre Erf 347, Golfcourse Drive, Port St Johns, 5120
Ndaliso SSS Taweni Tribal Authority, Ndaliso, SSS Flaggstaff, 4810

Venues in the Free State

UFS: Bloemfontein Campus University of the Free State, 205 Mandela Drive, Park West, Bloemfontein, 9300
UFS: QwaQwa Campus University of the Free State, Kestell Rd, Phuthaditjaba
Welkom: Goldfields FET College c/o Toronto & Petrus Bosch Street,Jan Cilliers Park,(close to Game)
CUT Welkom 1 Mothusi Road, Welkom, 9460
CUT Bloemfontein 20 President Brand Street, Westdene, bloemfontein, 9300
Harrismith Hoërskool Greyling Street, Harrismtih, 9880
Bultfontein Combined School Dickens Street, Bultfontein, 9670

Venues in Gauteng

UJ: Auckland Park Kingsway Cnr Kingsway and University Rd, Auckland Park
UJ: Soweto Campus Old Potch Rd, Soweto
UP: Main Campus Cnr Unversity Rd and Lynnwood Rd, Main Campus
Sefako Makgatho University of Health Care Science Rosslyn road, Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria
VUT: Vaal Triangle Campus Andries Potgieter Blv, Vanderbiljpark
Sandton: Varsity College Waterstone Drive, Benmore Rd, Sandton, 2196
Midrand: Varsity College 11 Janadel Ave, Riverview Business Park, Midrand, 1686
Pretoria: Varsity College 116 Clearwater Rd, Cnr Clearwater & Glenwood Roads, Lynnwood Glen
Johannesburg: Vega and Design School of Southern Africa 444 Jan Smuts Ave, Bordeaux
Laerskool, Esperanza  62 Stonewall Street, Newlands, JHB
Monash SA 144 Peter Road,Ruimsig,Roodepoort,1725
Rosebank College Pretoria 239 Pretorius street, Southern Life Building, Pretoria CBD
Rosebank College Braamfontein 23 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, 2001
Krugersdorp High School 1 Cornelius Moll Street Monument Krugersdorp 1739
Malatse Motsepe HS 3909, Zone 10 Lethabice Garankuwa, Brits, 0208
LISOF 6 Eileen Road CNR Geneva Blairgowrie Johannesburg
Mpontsheng Secondary School  289 Ndlanzi Section, Khatlehong, Gauteng

Venues in KwaZulu-Natal

Durban Girls High School 495 Lena Ahrens, Glenwood, Durban
University of Zululand KwaDlangezwa Campus 1 Main Road,Vulindlela A, KwaDlangezwa
Durban: Westville Girls High School Westville Girls High School, Westville Rd, Westville, 3630
Durban Westville: Varsity College 1 Link Rd, Cnr St James Avenue & Link Rd, Westville, 3630
Port Shepstone: Creston College 4 Hillside Cres, Oslo Beach, 4240
Pietermaritzburg: UKZN King Edward Ave, Scottsville, PMB, 3209
Pietermaritzburg: Hilton College Hilton Rd, Hilton College, 3245
Amanzimtoti: Kingsway High School 6 Umdoni Road, Amanzimtoti, 4126
Pietermaritzburg: Varsity College 1 Harwin Rd, Scotsville, PMB, 3201
Durban: VEGA and Design School of Southern Africa   The Glades Office Park,70-72 Armstrong Avenue,La Lucia Building number 3,Durban,4051
Botha’s Hill: Kearsney College Old Main Rd Botha’s Hill, 3660
Varsity College: Durban North 12 Radar Drive, Durban North
Newcastle High School Allen Street, Newcastle
Treverton College R103, Old Main rd, Mooi River,Kwazulu Natal
Ladysmith: Mnambithi FET 12 Walton Street, CBA, Ladysmith
Midlands Community College R103 Old Main Rd,Opposite Gowrie Village,Nottingham Rd
Umzimkulu: Clydesdale                  Clydesdale HS Hall
Rosebank College Durban 331 Dr Pixley Krasme Street, 4th Floor West towers, Durban, 4001
Jozini Ezibukweni High School Ezibukweni High School Jozini  KZN
St Patrick’s College Kokstad  Crystal Springs Road Kokstad 4700
Stanger High School Theunissen Street Newtown KWA DUKUZA
Haythorne High School 30 Hickory Rd, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 KZN
Ulundi: Masibumbane High School A 335 Umfolozi Street Section A Ulundi 38338
Umlazi Makhumbuza High School  Umlazi D, Umlazi, 4031

Venues in Limpopo

UL: Turfloop Campus UL, Turfloop Campus, Centre, for Academic Execllecnce, B-Block, Office 0009
Giyani Science Centre Bakery Street, Giyani
Thohoyandou Technical School Technical Rd, Block F, Thohoyandou
Polokwane EduPark EduPark Avenue (next to Peter Mokaba Stadium)
Rosebank College Polokwane 54 Kerk Street, Polokwane
Jane Furse Comprehensive Vergelegen,  Limpopo 
The Palabora Foundation 373 Bridgeway St ,Lulekani, Phalaborwa, 1392

Venues in Mpumalanga

TUT: Witbank Campus Cnr of Swartbos and Presidents Street
Nelspruit: Cefups Academy Portions 52 and 54 of the farm Fredenheim, 1200
White River: Uplands College Danie Joubert street, White River
Secunda: VUT Secunda Campus 8 Bosch Steet, Secunda
Piet Retief High School Mark St, Piet Retief, 2380
Buny Khosa High School, Kildare Village, Bushbuckridge Kildare B Village, 1281
Acornhoek Academy, Agincourt Village, Bushbuckridge 73 POWERLINE STREET,ACORNHOEK,1360
Sidlamafa High School Stand 294, Kamhlushwa Township, MP 1332 

Venues in the Northern Cape

Kimberley: Teachers’ Centre Cnr Lanyon Terrace & Boshof Road, Kimberley
Kuruman Christiaan Academy End of Khalahari Street, Kuruman, 8460
Steinkopf High School 62 Brecher Rd, Steinkopf, 8240
Port Nolloth High School First Street, Port Nolloth, Ritchtersveld, 8280
Upington: Duineveld Hoërskool H/V Ds. Aubrey Beukes Rylaan en Jan de Klerkweg, Blydeville, Upington
Karoo Eisteddfod Centre De Aar Cnr Raine Street and Park Circle, De Aar, 7000

Venues in the North-West

Potchefstroom Gimnasium 20 Molen St, Potchefstroom 2531
Mafikeng: International School of SA William Dicks Av, Libertas, Mafikeng
Rustenburg Science Foundation Centre Hellenic Center, corner Watsonia and Strumosa street

Venues in the Western Cape

University of Cape Town Upper Campus, Rondebosch
Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch University Campus,Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7599
Stellenbosch: Tygerberg Campus Francie Van Zijl Rd, Tygerberg
UWC: Bellville Campus Modderdam East Rd, Bellville, 7535
CPUT: Bellville Campus Symphony Way, (off Modderdam Rd) Bellville 7535
Worcester Boland 11810 Rainier Street, Victoria Park, Worcester, 6850
Varsity College, Cape Town Belmont Office Park, Belmont Rd
Vredendal Hoërskool Grensstraat, Vredendal, 8160
VEGA, Cape Town 130 Strand Street,De Waterkant,Cape Town,(corner of Strand and Chiappini)
Vredenburg: Weston Hoërskool 7th Street , Louwville, Vredenburg, 7380
York High School C/o Meade and Palgrave Streets, George
Spine Rd High School Cnr Spine and Merrydale Roads, Rocklands, Mitchells Plain
Beaufort West High School Heuwel Street, Rustdene, Beaufort West, 6970
Hoërskool Oudtshoorn Jan van Riebeeck en Voortrekkerweg, Oudtshoorn, 6620
Citrusdal Cederberg Academy  Cederberg Academy, Heuwelsingel, Citrusdal, 7340
Khayelitsha Manyano High School Village 1 North, Cape Town, 7784
Greenwood Bay College Piesang Valley Road, Plettenberg Bay, 6600
Manyano High School, Khayelitsha  Mkonto Crescent, Khayelitsha

International Venues

Botswana: Maru a Pula, Gaborone Plot 4725, Marapula Way, Gabarone, Botswana
Grootfontein Senior Secondary Courtney Clarke Street, Grootfontein, Namibia
Delta Senior Secondary School Windhoek Esther Brand Street Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia
DHPS Windhoek Shinz Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Namibia:Walvis Bay Private High School Nangolo Mbumba Drive,Walvis Bay, Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Windhoek Gymnasium Private School Sossusvlei Street, Kleine Kuppe, Windhoek, Namibia
Namibia Otjiwarongo: Edugate Academy Bahnhof Street, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Swakopmund Christian Academy 137 Anton Lubowski Street,Swakopmund,Namibia
Swaziland Sisekelo High School Ubombo Main Village, Big Bend, Swaziland
Swaziland, U-Tech High School Ubombo Sugar Llimited, Mayaluka Village, Big Bend Swaziland, L311
Zambia:International School of Lusaka 6945 Nangwenya Road, Ridgeway, Lusaka, Zambia
Zimbabwe: Bulawayo, Christian Brothers College Corner Chelmsford & Old Esigodini Road, Matsheumhlophem, Bulawayo
Zimbabwe: Gweru Midlands Christian College A5, Gweru, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe, Marondera Watershed  College Peddie Road, Off Mutare Road, Marondera
Al-Nur School Gaborone Botswana   

37159 Eersterus Rd, Gaborone, Botswana

Malawi Kamuzu Academy    Kamuzu Academy 1 Mtunthama Kasungu Malawi

(This information is from the NBT website)