What are the NBTs and why should I prepare?

The NBTs explained

The National Benchmark Test (NBT) is a set of tests used to assess a learner’s academic readiness for university. The NBTs are split into two 3-hour exams, one is called AQL and the other MAT. AQL focuses on Academic and Quantitative Literacy and the MAT focuses only on Mathematics.

Universities use the results of the NBTs to determine the extra help/support the learners may need at University. Universities also use the results to decide if a learner’s university application is successful or not. This is why it is so important to prepare for these increasingly important tests. Having helped over 5000 learners prepare for their NBTs in 2019 alone, let AdvantageLearn, the leaders in NBT Preparation, give you the edge.

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Prepare for your NBT with Advantage Learn

We recommend both workshops and online courses, but we’ll let you decide!
Workshops

Attending an Advantage Learn NBT workshop is you committing time to investing in your future. Taught by only the best Educators, these workshops have been helping learners to pass the NBTs since 2013. Our workshops are available around South Africa in all major metros.

  • NBT Workbook
  • Online access to Advantage Learn mock NBT exams
  • AQL & MAT workshops
  • Available in English or Afrikaans
Online Courses

Learn from some of South Africa’s top educators as you explore new methods and techniques at approaching and solving complex NBT style questions. This Online Course works around your schedule and allows you to choose when you study. Our coaches and online support teachers are ready to help you in your NBT preparations.

  • AQL & MAT courses
  • 12 Months access
  • Advantage Learn mock NBT exams
  • Online Teacher support
  • Available in English or Afrikaans
For Schools

Advantage Learn offers schools and organisations private NBT workshops and Online course packages for your learners. If you would like to find more information about these packages then please contact our team via live-chat or send an email to [email protected]

  • Workshop at your school
  • Special school discounts
  • Workshops and Online course packages available

Pricing table

In Person Workshop
Our coveted workshops for face-to-face teaching.
Online Course
Learn on-demand, from anywhere.
Recommended!
In person & Online Combo
The best of both worlds, with face-to-face workshops as well as the online course.
MAT
R2 150
R1 250
R2 695
Save R705!
AQL
R1 350
R950
R1 595
Save R705!
MAT & AQL
Preparation combo
R2 975
Save R525!
R1 725
Save R475!
R3 995
Save R1 705!
In Person Workshops
Our coveted workshops for face-to-face teaching
MAT Only
R2 150
AQL Only
R1 350
AQL & MAT
R2 975
Save R525!
Online Course
Learn on-demand from anywhere.
MAT Only
R1 250
AQL Only
R950
AQL & MAT
R1 725
Save R475!
Recommended!
In person & Online Combo
The best of both worlds, with face-to-face workshops as well as the online course.
MAT Only
R2 695
Save R705!
AQL Only
R1 595
Save R705!
AQL & MAT
R3 995
Save R1 705!

Do you know we offer a hassle-free booking experience for R4 495? Find out if our Premium Pass is right for you

We have also put together a full 2020 NBT course catalogue. Download it here

How to decide which NBT preparation is right for you

If this is the first time you are reading about the NBTs and NBT preparation, then it can be overwhelming to know what to do.

There are a few things you need to know before deciding which preparation is right for you. First, you’ll need to decide whether or not you need to do just the AQL test or both the AQL and MAT tests. Second, you’ll need to decide which preparation is right for you. Should you come to a Workshop, study Online or do both? We’ve made a short explanation video to help you to better understand the NBTs and make these decisions.

How to decide which NBT preparation is right for you

Still battling to decide? Read more about the NBTs

Introducing the Premium Pass for NBT preparation

We offer the widest and best NBT preparation offerings on the market! With such a wide range it is often hard to decide what is right for your (your child’s) preparation. If all this choice is giving you analysis paralysis then maybe our premium pass is right for you? It gives you total flexibility and our full NBT offering, all for one single price.

Each Premium Pass includes:

  • Our complete NBT Preparation offering for one simple, straightforward price.
  • Unlimited MAT & AQL workshop date changes so you don't have to worry about booking and changing your workshop dates!
  • A dedicated NBT guide who will contact you to book your workshop dates, online access etc to save you the hassle of having to select your workshops and online courses through checkout.

R4 495

*All inclusive NBT Preparation

We offer the widest and best NBT preparation offerings on the market! With such a wide range it is often hard to decide what is right for your (your child’s) preparation. If all this choice is giving you analysis paralysis then maybe our premium pass is right for you? It gives you total flexibility and our full NBT offering, all for one single price.

Each Premium Pass includes:

  • Our complete NBT Preparation offering for one simple, straightforward price.
  • Unlimited MAT & AQL workshop date changes so you don't have to worry about booking and changing your workshop dates!
  • A dedicated NBT guide who will contact you to book your workshop dates, online access etc to save you the hassle of having to select your workshops and online courses through checkout.

R4 495

*All inclusive NBT Preparation

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Schools that prepare with us

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Westville Boys High School

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St. Henry's Marist College

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Maris Stella School

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Maris Stella School

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Durban Girls' High School

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Durban Girls' High School

Lungi’s NBT success story

How NBT preparation helped Lungi

In 2017, Lungi Mkhize from Maris Stella school Durban needed to write her NBTs to get into Engineering at Wits University. Lungi heard about how difficult the NBTs were and was nervous about taking them, so she signed up to an Advantage Learn preparation workshop and online course to help her to prepare to write her NBTs. Watch Lungi’s story and hear about how NBT preparation benefited her in achieving University success.

Testimony Image Jenny Koster Head of Physical Science, Cornwall Hill College, Pretoria
The staff members at Cornwall Hill College would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Advantage Learn. The College has made use of the Advantage Learn NBT Course since 2013, and approximately 75%—80% of Cornwall Hill College students enroll for the course each year. The thorough preparation that Advantage Learn gives the students means that they know what to expect in the exam. Our students find the Mathematics course especially beneficial, and their solid grounding has led to increased admissions into the Health Sciences courses offered at university. In addition, they are able to utilize the online MAT and AQL exercises for additional practice. Feedback from our students is always exceptionally positive with many of them remarking that their very good results would not have been possible had it not been for the Advantage Learn NBT Course!

Reviews

Everything is good but The question should more strong and hard to be prepared to the NBT exam

- SADIQ ALMUBARAK -

Thank you so much, this course was extremely helpful. I left high school a while ago and this was a great revision for my NBTs. I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about getting that good score to qualify for your degree and getting accepted into University.

- Sisipho Lufele -

Great help. Really helped me to prepare

- Anelke Van der merwe -

It is a wonderful course, it improved my NBT results dramatically. It also helped me with my maths exam preparation. Thank you so much!

- Alejandra Kapuire -

The online preparation is very enriching and helpful. It is of great benefit for anyone preparing to write NBT. I've been recommending it to other students. A summary that awakens the spirit.

- Esther Maris -

Quick reminder of difficult maths and clear explanation of problems.

- Nerissa Serfontein -

Would highly recommend this NBT course. The video explanations are a great help and many of the Math questions were very similar to the actual NBT. Do make sure that you give yourself sufficient time to work through the course.

- Keshin Bheema -

Absolutely a lifesaving course!

- Waheed Amanjee -

I thoroughly enjoyed this application as it prepared me for the NBT setting with relevant information and time constraints, however i was slightly irritated by the fact that i couldn't reset mock tests once i had completed them. I suggest the option for individuals to reset mock tests on certain topics once completed. Otherwise this is an amazing service and i would strongly recommend it to anyone preparing for the NBTs.

- signe jwan -

Great course, very helpful and easy to understand, thank you so much.

- Aerin Martin -

Guys please try the course its so worth I know the fee is a bit steep but trust me its all worth it. Most importantly trust them because they know what they're doing.

- Lindokle Mbaleki -

Really helped me do well, especially in the AL section

- Jordyn Nitch -

Child informs me it is great - will see what eventuates. thanks.

- Melanie Jenkins -

This online preparation course is not only helpful for the NBTs themselves. It might as well prepare you for a possible unseen (higher order) question in the matric preparatory or final exam since it goes beyond what is normally assessed in the NSC.

- Mosa Mabula -

I encourage all students to take this online course.As a university student myself,it saved me a lot of preparation time and my NBT results improved dramatically.

- Franke Van Rensburg -

a very helpful course, but the one thing I found frustrating is that there are no lessons on logarithms.

- amber Hamilton -

Trish Pike's videos are amazing. I've never been more interested in maths as I was watching her videos! THANKS!

- Lycia Hollis -

The course really prepared me well for the MAT but the AQL was more difficult than I expected

- Iman Cassim -

It was excellent it helped me a lot, covered things I was not aware of before

- Kashmika Reddy -

Very useful and accurate course that really helped me, achieved 96% in MAT section. Will definitely recommend. The courses are displayed and ordered well and easy to use. The actual NBTs were also slightly easier than the mock ones

- Muhammad Amod Carim -

Definitely recommend this course.

- Kerry Delport -

This course provided a good base and preparation for the actual exam

- Vicky Krengel -

I am grateful for this programme as I am more prepared for the test. It gets tricky in the beginning, but you gradually get the hang of it .

- Dorothee Mubembe -

Happy with the help it gave my daughter

- Aman Khan -

Great learning tools and excellent prep for NBT

- Elmarie Potgieter -

It's really useful and has really helped me a lot, specifically the maths explanations. The videos explaining each question is a great help.

- Imaan Atia -

Great course for nbt preparation, good subject coverage , problem solving tips and application of knowledge. It also allows one to work at their own pace . Highly recommend it.

- Declan Scheepers -

It’s a good course, but some of the lectures are as confused as I am. They don’t seem to know what they are do.

- Greeff Tayla -

Wow learning has never been made that easy, Mam Pike. I am actually a university graduate student but since I was a learner and now student, Ive never experienced such detailed level of explanation within short bits and pieces of information.

- Kenneth Nkele -

The course helped me to prepare a lot for my NBTs. I felt very confident during my exam.

- Mariam Essack -

Your course is the only reason I will pass the MAT part of the NBTs. A few of the questions in the course were actually in my NBT test. Thank you very much for developing this course.

- Joshua Basson -

It was great! Really made concepts much easier and the way the material is presented is so easy to navigate

- Kyle Ogle -

Really nice

- Julie Marinho -

Awesome!!!

- Letlhohonolo Mabelane -

Useful course for any learner that is going to write the NBT's

- Philasande Mnguni -

Advantage learn prepared me well for my NBTs

- christina kyriacos -

Advantage Learn is a really informative site that helped me a lot to study for my NBT's I recommend it to anyone who needs help with studying.

- Tanya Paul -

Helpful and well set out

- Ayyaan Bhimma -

I would have found the information more useful if it was divided into revision of basic concepts and actual content of the test.

- Maria Seitz -

Lessons were very well taught with easy understanding concepts and good examples used.

- Ethan Gillwald -

Great coarse , as well as preparing me it also made me feel more confident for the test.

- Ryan Finlay -

Awesome.

- Mogie Govender -

My son felt that the NBT prep was valuable and almost "over" prepared him for the exams. He felt very confident from all the practise.

- Wendy Young -

Incredible. Even though i am kind of a slacker without this course i would not have done any good in the real NBTs.

- Heinrich Engelbrecht -

I have a really unique situation basically being from another country as far as school is concerned. I would have liked a more in depth explanation in the math section, but it was a great overall experience and i felt like all the bases were covered with this program. Double thumbs up!!

- Hannes Barnard -

it was a great help i didnt use the AQL prep as much as the maths prep but what i did use really helped me. having the past papers and having them set out the way it is tested really prepared me for my time management and i was able to complete the paper in time.

- Linda Ferraz -

This course is so amazing. It helped me prepare for the NBTs and I would definitely recommend this app to anyone who is about to write the NBT

- zimasa mabude -

Quite a good course, i recommend the course for anyone who really wants to get good marks for their NBT.

- MD Tausiqul Islam -

Advantage learn is professional,efficient and always puts the learners interest first. A great online programme you can work with at your own pace.

- Swaleh Mahomed -

This course is exactly what I was looking for. I had done a previous course which did not prepare me for the NBT's at all, but after only 14% into this course, I already feel much more confident.

- Yolandie Kotze -

Wonderful user friendly and very easy to use and highly informative lessons and good thorough explanations.

- Rachel Davies -

An extremely helpful course! NBT MAT was a breeze because of your help! I would advise the course to contain some financial mathematics though, as they ask simple problems from it... But ultimately very helpful and definitely worth every penny!

- Beate Boshoff -

The NBT preparation Course is wonderful for all kinds of revision. I loved the fact that I could do a test over and over and improve myself on all the faults. Perfect for preparing you for the test!

- Mieke Coetzee -

Both the online courses are extremely helpful in preparing for NBTs

- Mikayla Seedat -

It was really helpful

- Ermine Kasongo -

Thanks for the help Advantage Learn

- Johnathon Campbell -

The NBT preparation course is really, really great! Examples are clear and a perfect reminder for a person that matriculated 17 years ago. I made the right decision!

- Nthabiseng Thekiso -

Thank you for trying to make me excel through simple methods

- Mukhethwa -

I found that the videos were the biggest help ! It’s very convenient that you can also print out the notes that the video is based on. More than enough learning material is given for both the English and Maths.

- Tahseen Karim -

Advantage learn is really helpful thus far and ive learned a lot

- Johannes Geldenhuys -

The most professional, helpful and super friendly service I have ever received. Thank you

- Bonnie Evert -

Great course, I highly recommend it, I studied it and did well on my NBT

- Fisani Mncube -

So far the course is very helpful. I would recommend it to anyone preparing to write their NBTs.

- Candice Kingiela -

Wonderful . But I think more exercises after the example video would help even more.

- Bianca Burger -

I improved my NBT score by more than 25% after doing this course! Highly recommend!

- Tessa Jenkings -

All my friends who took the NBTs failed. Not me. The difference? I had Advantage Learn on my side! Seriously the NBTs were tough and I'm really glad I got help. Honestly when I wrote the NBTs it practically felt like I was cheating, because I recognized concepts in the paper literally designed to throw me off, then quickly and efficiently answered their related questions. Thank you so much Advantage Learn! I'd recommend this to anyone writing the NBTs, especially those who finished school with the Cambridge curriculum.

- Sky -

Trish, who I'm pretty sure is the mathematics teacher, is really the bomb. She is querky (in the good way) and genuine. Although I cannot remember the English teacher's name, she offered no less in terms of expertise. I got this vibe from her that she'd be one of those 'strict' teachers, but I'm sure she is rather nice *insert laughing face*. Lastly, the actual course as a whole was fantastic. I just wish I had prepared more.

- Avi Opert -

Bloody amazing, I am normally an A candidate in school but this course let me get unimaginable marks! I got 84 for AL , 98 for QL , and 98 for Math in the NBT I advise taking this course to anyone

- Abdullah Moolla -

Very informative...thorough and of the highest quality...You guys couldn't have done it better

- Nkosenhle Mkhize -

Courses and lessons very well done and put together.

- Raphael Anthony -

I was blown away by Advantage Learn!!! Excellent service from booking the course to dealing with Mike at IT support and by daughter was very impressed with Trish and found the course very beneficial. Highly recommended.

- Hayley Craig -

Very helpful!

- Taron van der Berg -

This helped me an enormous amount and set me up to get an A for my NBT’s. Money well spent

- Cameron Lovemore -

Helped so much, was so prepared for the tests

- Tayla Howard -

The NBT package is amazing. The sample questions and explanation videos make the test so much easier. Thank you Advantage Learn

- Mariam Moosa -

Super helpful!! I used so many of the tips in my NBT! This course was definitely worth it!

- Deborah Odendaal -

Wonderful course! Wouldn't have been able to write NBT without it. Recommend it to everyone.

- Ane Coetzee -

I gained so much information from this course that realy helped me with my NBT's and would recomend it for anyone else.

- Jané Eksteen -

Brilliant. Incredible helpful and valuable. Really reduced my nerves and stress levels! Totally recommend it!

- Lindsey Bath -

I have not written the test yet but the information and the knowledge I have already has made a huge difference and also the confidence I have towards the test is really amazing, I don't want to count the chickens before they hatch let us wait for the test date before I praise you fully.

- Sinemihlali Ntshibongo -

It was very helpful and will definitely recommend it

- Nina Rossouw -

It was a great course, and adequately equipped me for my NBTs. I would definitely recommend it to future scholars planning on writing NBTs, especially if the NBTs play a large role in your acceptance to South African Universities.

- Hellmut von Ludwiger -

It really helped..

- theoline mabelane -

The exercises are extremely helpful.

- Kabuba Masule -

The course is Amazing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am already feeling confident about my NBT

- Owami Ntuli -

Really useful and helpful I think kids who want to write the nbt should definitely purchase this online course

- Raihaan essa -

It's a great course. Very thorough. The only thing that's missing is from the maths section: logarithms and other matric work taught later in the year. The support team is also really helpful.

- Amy Viljoen -

I'd like a couple more practice tests per section but otherwise it's incredibly helpful

- Bronwyn Morphet -

I love the questions. They're really great and easy to understand. Thanks for making this program available to me. The reason why I gave only 4 stars was because the questions were not enough. Please try to increase the questions. Thanks.

- Moses Cho -

Thank you so much Trish! It has been so helpful and a pleasure to use!

- Jenna Thompson -

enjoying IT

- Khalid Karani -

This course is not only helping me with studying for the NBTs, but teaching me a whole lot of new vocabulary and interesting facts.

- Jenna Smith -

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