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About the Institutional Proficiency Test (NBT)

You should register for a test date at least a month prior to a test date. Seats are limited at venues. If you do not register and pay for the test(s) in advance, you will not be allowed to write on the test date. An applicant who writes AQL pays R 85.00, and an applicant who writes both Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) and Mathematics (MAT) pays R 170.00.

You only write the Maths if Mathematics is a requirement for the programme(s) that you have applied for.

You need only write the tests once, even if you are applying to more than one university.  All universities to which you apply will be able to access your test results.  UP applicants are advised to write the tests between July and October.

Please note that all students for Health Sciences and Veterinary Sciences applying at the University of Pretoria should write the test(s) on or before 6 July 2014.

How long are the tests?
The AQL test consists of seven sections. Each section is timed; some sections allow 25 minutes and some allow 30 minutes of writing time. The total writing time for the AQL is three hours and five minutes. No one is allowed to leave once the AQL test begins. The MAT test is also timed, with three hours of writing time allowed. There is a short break between the two tests.