Booking your National Benchmark Test (NBT) is a crucial step in your journey towards university admission in South Africa. Here’s a detailed guide on how to navigate the NBT booking process smoothly, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your testing day.

Step 1: Visit the Official NBT Website

Start by heading to On the homepage, look for the “Quick Links” section. This area of the website will be your gateway to initiating the NBT booking process.

Step 2: Choose your NBT test date

Before you can book your NBT, it’s essential to decide on a suitable test date. Check the available dates under the “Test Dates” section within the “Quick Links” or click here. This preliminary step is crucial as it influences your preparation timelines.

Step 3: Time to book your NBT

Once you’ve selected your test date, click the “Book a Test” button or click here. Remember, you’ll need several pieces of information handy before filling out the booking form:

  • Your official South African ID or passport
  • A unique email address
  • The city and venue where you wish to take the test
  • Details about the NBT requirements from the universities you’re applying to
  • A pen and paper, or a digital device, to note down your username and EasyPay number, which you’ll receive during the booking process

Step 4: Enter your personal details

On the booking page, fill in your personal information. Create a secure password and make a note of it—you’ll need this for future access to your NBT profile.

Step 5: Fill in contact information

Next, you’ll need to provide your contact details. Ensure that this information is accurate as it will be used for any communication regarding your NBT test.

Step 6: Test and venue selection

Select the NBT tests you need to write. The Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) test is mandatory for all students, while the Mathematics (MAT) test is optional and depends on the specific university requirements. After selecting your test, choose a region and then a venue. If your preferred date isn’t available at your first-choice venue, you may need to select an alternative venue to find a suitable date.

Step 7: Complete the NBT survey

The next section will involve filling out a survey that collects demographic and other relevant information. This data helps in the overall assessment and improvement of the NBT process.

Step 8: Finalize your NBT booking

After completing the survey, click “Done,” then scroll down and press “Continue” to finalize your booking. You’ll be directed to a confirmation page where all your test details, including date, venue, and time, will be summarized.

NBT Preparation is key

Now that you’ve successfully booked your NBT, consider preparing for the test with a reputable provider like Advantage Learn, known for our comprehensive NBT preparation courses and workshops. Effective preparation can significantly boost your confidence and performance on the test day. Remember, booking your NBT is just the beginning. Your focus should now shift to preparing diligently for the test to ensure you meet or exceed the requirements of your chosen universities.

Happy learning, and best of luck as you prepare to ace your NBTs!

This article was originally published on 15 Apr 2024

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