National Benchmark Tests


Dear Prospective Student

You are required to write the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) as part of the 2012 University of Fort Hare's admissions process. The National benchmark Tests are used to inform placement decisions, curriculum development and academic support programmes.

THE FOLLOWING TESTS MUST BE WRITTEN BY PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:

If you are applying to the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities you must write the Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) ONLY.

 If you are applying to the Faculty of Science and Agriculture and the Faculty of Management and Commerce you must write BOTH the Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) AND the Mathematics (MAT).

Faculty to which you are applying

NBT

Law

AQL

Education

AQL

Social Science and Humanities

AQL

Science and Agriculture

AQL and MAT

Management and Commerce

AQL and MAT

HOW TO REGISTER TO WRITE THE NBT:

You can register to write the NBT online or by cell phone:

To register online you have to access the website www.nbt.ac.za. Read the instructions, then click on "Register to Write". Once you have filled in all of the information required, click "SUBMIT". Your acknowledgement letter and EasyPay barcode number will be available for you to download. You must then take this letter or your EasyPay barcode number to an EasyPay paypoint  to pay the testing fee.

To register on your cell phone, access the website www.nbt.ac.za/mobile and follow the prompts. This facility is used in exactly the same way as you would with "mxit", "facebook", etc. To access your acknowledgement/EasyPay letter you may:

(1)  enter your email address and the acknowledgement letter will be sent automatically; or
(2)  log onto the NBT website and print the acknowledgement letter; OR
(3)  enter your cellphone number and you will receive only your EasyPay barcode number (not the full letter). 

Most EasyPay paypoints will accept the EasyPay barcode number only, but there are some that accept only the full letter. Remember to enter your cell number so that you receive the EasyPay barcode number.

HOW AND WHERE TO PAY FOR THE TESTS:

Once you have registered you must use your EasyPay barcode number to pay the testing fee at any EasyPay point (in ZAR ONLY). The testing fee is not refundable.

Registration fee

R15.00

PLUS

AQL fee

R75.00

MAT fee

R75.00

If you write AQL only, then you must pay R15 plus R75.00 = R90.00
If you write AQL and MAT then you must pay R15.00 plus R75.00 plus R75.00 = R165

You can pay at any of the following EasyPay points:

  • Best Electric
  • Checkers
  • Internet on www.easypay.co.za (click on options to Pay Bills or Buy Prepaid)
  • Lewis
  • Lifestyle Living
  • MTN Banking's Mobile Money product via cellular handsets (MTN Subscribers only) Call Centre: 0831 2265 to open an account.
  • Pick and Pay
  • Selected Spar, Score and Boxer stores
  • Selected Petroleum and Convenience stores
  • Shoprite
  • Woolworths
  • Wizzit Bank via mobile handsets (Call Centre 0861 949 948)

 Your EasyPay payment advice/till-slip must be kept in a safe place and must be produced at the test venue. It is advisable to keep a copy of the EasyPay payment advice/till slip as proof of registration.

 WHEN AND WHERE TO WRITE THE NBT:
 You will be asked to choose a test date and venue when you register to write the NBT (see the table of test sites and dates). You may write at any test site and on any date provided.

Full schedule (May 2011 to January 2012) available here for download.

DATES FOR WRITING, REGISTERING, PAYING FEES AND OBTAINING NBT RESULTS:
Refer to the table below to see the closing dates to register, pay fees and obtain results for each test date.

NBT
Test Date

Last Day
to Register

Last Day
to Pay Fees

Results
Available

28 May 2011

09 May 2011

10 May 2011

13 Jun 2011

16 Jul 2011

27 Jun 2011

28 Jun 2011

01 Aug 2011

30 & 31* Jul 2011

11 Jul 2011

12 Jul 2011

15 Aug 2011

13 Aug 2011

25 Jul 2011

26 Jul 2011

29 Aug 2011

20 & 21* Aug 2011

01 Aug 2011

02 Aug 2011

05 Sep 2011

03 Sep 2011

15 Aug 2011

16 Aug 2011

19 Sep 2011

10 Sep 2011

22 Aug 2011

23 Aug 2011

26 Sep 2011

17 & 18* Sep 2011

29 Aug 2011

30 Aug 2011

03 Oct 2011

01 Oct 2011

12 Sep 2011

13 Sep 2011

17 Oct 2011

15 Oct 2011

26 Sep 2011

27 Sep 2011

31 Oct 2011

03 Dec 2011

14 Nov 2011

15 Nov 2011

19 Dec 2011

07 Jan 2012

12 Dec 2011

13 Dec 2011

23 Jan 2012

*  Indicates a Sunday Test Session
NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR NBT OPENS ON THE 4 APRIL 2011

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What does NBT assessment involve?
There are two NBT tests:

The Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy
(AQL) are combined into one multiple-choice test. The AQL Test is written by ALL UFH applicants.

The second test is Mathematics (MAT), and is written by applicants to Faculties of Science and Agriculture and Management and Commerce. The Mathematics test is also multiple choice.

The AQL and MAT Tests are written on the same day. Each test has a time allocation of three hours. The AQL test is written during the morning session, and applicants should be at the test venue by 07h30 (or earlier) on the test date. The Mathematics (MAT) test is written in the afternoon session with a short break between the two tests.

How can I prepare for the test?
No special preparation is required for any of the NBTs. However:

The Academic Literacy test (one of two components of the Academic & Quantitative Literacy test) assesses capacity to engage successfully with the demands of academic study in the medium of instruction.

The Quantitative Literacy test (one of two components of the Academic & Quantitative Literacy test) assesses ability to manage situations or solve problems of a quantitative nature in real contexts relevant to higher education. It is closely related to the intended outcomes of the NSC subject Mathematical Literacy.

The Mathematics test is based on the Curriculum Statement for the NSC subject Mathematics, Papers 1 & 2 only.

The best way to prepare yourself is to have a good night's rest before the testing, eat a healthy breakfast and make sure that you arrive for the testing in good time.

What must I bring with me to the tests?

On the morning of the tests, you must bring with you to the venue:

  • 1. Your ID Book together with a photocopy of your ID. The venue administrator will keep the copy of your ID.
  • 2. Your receipt as proof that you have paid the testing fee. The venue administrator will stamp the receipt and hand it back to you.
  • 3. An HB pencil and a black ballpoint pen (not a fibre tipped pen)
  • 4. An eraser
  • 5. A pencil sharpener
  • 6. Something to eat/drink.
  • 7. Bus/Taxi fare home, if required.

What happens on the day of testing? 

  • You will meet the test administrators at the test venue at least 15 minutes before testing is scheduled to begin.
  • Administrators will identify the tests you will be required to write and show you where to sit.
  • The test administrators will check your identity book for security reasons.
  • After each test, question papers and answer sheets will be collected, and you will be given a break before continuing with the next one.


NBT CONTACT DETAILS:

NBT website on www.nbt.ac.za or www.nbt.ac.za/mobile

NBT Call Centre: 021 650 3523

UFH CONTACT PERSONS: 

Ms Alanna Collins

East London Campus,
Office B14, Main Building
043 704 7276
acollins@ufh.ac.za

Mr. Edgar Samkange             Ms. Nandipha Mabindisa       

Office 7,  Henderson Hall       Registar's  Office  
 Alice Campus                        Alice Campus
040 602 2700                         040 602 2501
esamkange@ufh.ac.za          nmabindisa@ufh.ac.za