AdMaths will now also do NBT courses at our Cape Town office.

What are the NBTs?

The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) are an assessment test for first-year applicants to higher education. The NBTs are designed to measure a writer’s ability to transfer understanding of academic literacy (language skills), quantitative literacy (numerical skills) and Mathematics to the demands of tertiary (higher education) coursework. There are two tests. The AQL combines Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy in one multiple-choice test. There are seven timed sections, requiring three hours writing time. The second test is Mathematics (MAT), which is also multiple-choice with three hours allowed. The NBTs are managed by the Alternative Admissions Research Project at the University of Cape Town. More information on the NBTs are available on their website at

Who needs to write the NBTs?

The NBTs is applicable to prospective first-year applicants regardless of the matriculation year, studies at another higher education institution, or examination system followed. Applicants who are applying for admission to a second university degree as well as students with a B Tech degree, do not need to write the NBTs. Universities uses the National Benchmark Tests for selection and/or placement purposes.

Courses to prepare for the NBT test

AdMaths will be presenting NBT webinars in English only in 2020.

NBT test and NBT training classes

AdMaths will only be preparing you for the mathematic test. You need to book your seat for this class on our E-commerce website:

NBT test and test dates are available on the follow website and must be booked through NBT: All questions about the NBT test itself is available on this website.

AdMaths student / Non AdMaths students

You don’t need to be an AdMaths student to book your seat with us. Limited spaces available.

Costing / Dates etc.

Click on the image below to book your seat fot the course.