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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. The AQL focuses on Academic and Quantitative Literacy and the MAT focuses on Mathematics.

Universities use the results of the NBTs to determine what extra support the learner may need at university. Universities also use the results to decide whether or not a learner’s university application is successful. This is why it is so advantageous to properly prepare for these 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.

Prepare for your NBT with Advantage Learn

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

Attending an NBT preparation workshop involves committing time to invest in your future. Taught by only the best educators, these workshops have been helping learners to succeed in the NBTs since 2013. Our workshops are available in all major metros in South Africa, as well as via a live-stream, giving you face-time with an educator.

  • AQL & MAT workshops
  • NBT Workbook
  • Access to Advantage Learn mock NBT exams
  • Available in English or Afrikaans
  • At a set date and time

Learn anytime from some of South Africa’s top educators as you explore new methods and techniques for approaching and solving complex NBT-style questions. Our courses are all online, which enables you to define your individualised study schedule. Our coaches and online support teachers are ready to help you with your NBT preparations through our live chat platform.

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

Advantage Learn offers schools and organisations NBT workshops and course packages for their learners. If you would like more information about these packages, contact our team via live chat or email

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

Pricing table

Our coveted live workshops
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Workshop & Course Combo
The best of both worlds, with live workshops as well as the online course.
R2 150
R1 250
R2 695
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R1 595
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Preparation combo
R2 975
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R1 725
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R3 995
Save R1 705!
Our coveted live workshops
MAT Only
R2 150
AQL Only
R1 350
R2 975
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Learn on-demand from anywhere.
MAT Only
R1 250
AQL Only
R1 725
Save R475!
Workshop & Course Combo
The best of both worlds, with live workshops as well as the online course.
MAT Only
R2 695
Save R705!
AQL Only
R1 595
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R3 995
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**During the booking process, you can add courses and combo discounts are automatically applied. Click below to start. Book an NBT Prep course

Do you know we offer a hassle-free booking experience for R5 425? Find out if our Premium Pass is right for you

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

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 join a workshop, course 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 live-stream access. Attend any live-stream workshop and as many of them as you like. If you want to attend one now and another in a few weeks time for revision then you are able to, just talk to your dedicated NBT guide.
  • 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.

R5 425

*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 live-stream access. Attend any live-stream workshop and as many of them as you like. If you want to attend one now and another in a few weeks time for revision then you are able to, just talk to your dedicated NBT guide.
  • 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.

R5 425

*All inclusive NBT Preparation

Got a question about the Premium Pass? Chat to one of our helpful humans

Schools that prepare with us

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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 in Durban needed to write her NBTs to get into Engineering at Wits University. Lungi heard about how difficult the NBTs are and was nervous about taking them, so she signed up for an AdvantageLearn preparation workshop and course to help her prepare. Listen to Lungi’s story of how this 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!


The only thing I would ask for is some extra questions to work through but overall, a fantastic course.

- Isabelle Vermeulen -

I absolutely love it! It has helped me so much - even more than a any teacher I have ever had. I wrote my NBTs this past weekend and I can say with confidence that it went very well. So thank you Advantage Learn keep doing what you are doing and please don't change.

- Rachel Danilov -

Really enjoyed the course. It helped me a lot not only with NBT’s but for matric as well. Would really appreciate if there was an option to just practice hard questions specifically(especially for mathematics). There is a spot quiz tool which does do that to an extent which I found helpful. The questions given were spot on and even found some of the exact same questions in the MAT NBT.

- Jonathan Morrison -

I received a 90% on my AQL and Mat NBT, my only preparation material was the Advantage Learn course. I would definitely recommend this course. -Farida Cajee

- Farida Cajee -

It really helped me with writing the NBT. I used many of the tips and tricks that I was taught.

- Erin De Atouguia -

The lessons and past papers we're very helpful

- Lerato Mudau -

Didn't have any problems. When I was unsure about things the consultants answered my questions almost immediately in the chat box. Very happy about service.

- Mellissa van der Walt -

It was very helpful, and left me feeling well prepared for the NBTs

- Sarah Harding -

Incredibly helpful course, not only for NBTs but for all assessments. Highly recommended!

- Joseph Jonah John -

Would really not recommend. Was not online user friendly and didn’t deliver what was promised.

- Leor Novick -

Hierdie is uitstekende studiemateriaal en oefeninge, wat beslis baie help om leerders voor te berei vir die NBT eksamen. Daarsonder sou my seun se uitslae beslis baie laer gewees het.

- Lizanne Herselman -

Advantage learn het my goed voorberei vir my NBT toetse. Daar is baie soortgelyke vrae in die toetse gevra as wat Advantage Learn my voor voorberei het. Ek sal hierdie kurses voorstel vir enige iemand wat voorbereid in hulle toetse wil instap.

- Berne van Heerden -

Would definitely recommend these courses when prepping for your NBTs. The work is explained clearly and it is very easy to understand what you would need to do during the test.

- Khilona Piyarlall -

Amazing course that helped me improve my marks with over 30%!!

- Carel Benjamin van Wyk -

I found the course extremely helpful and it proved to be beneficial for the NBT's

- Kiarin Naidoo -

If you are unsure of how to prepare for your nbt's (like most students) this is great option.

- Constance Jonkers -

I was a bit skeptical about paying so much for a course but it was one of the best choices I made, I had one of the best results amongst my peers, I would definitely recommend this course to anyone writing the NBT’s


Such great help with the preparation course covering all relevant topics and the website tests for preparation. The spot tests assisted me in finding my areas of weakness. Trish is a fantastic teacher that is always willing to help when you need assistance, and her experience is valued. I would have never been able to do as well as I did without it!

- Noah Ditz -

From an educator's perspective I found it to be excellent It would challenge the learners and prepare them well for the NBT examination

- Marie Sturgess -

it was really helpful

- Nikita Krost -

It's really been so helpful! I've found it's helped me so much especially with how much detail is given and effort is put into each section, question and correction.

- Kelly Corbett -

Advantage Learn has really helped me with my confidence with regards to math and Afrikaans. Thank you for the endless amount of effort you have put in to help us better our education and future.

- Genevieve Poupard -

Best preparation ever.

- Nkwanyana Vukile -

It was helpful and informative

- Mseleku Pamela -

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


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 -


- 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 -


- 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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