If you haven’t already heard about the NBTs then you’ve been out of the loop for how entrance to University has evolved in South Africa over the last 10 years.
In 2008 the National Benchmark Tests Project set up these tests, informed by the well known American SATs, to assess academic readiness for tertiary study and to help distinguish learners who are genuinely skilled in Academic, Quantitative and Mathematical literacy (and therefore best equipped to succeed at University) as a supplement to the National Senior Certificate.. The tests also serve to inform universities as to how to implement academic support programs to bridge the gap between university requirements and the NSC in order to support learners who are not well equipped for tertiary study.
Fast forwards 10 years to 2018 and now the majority of Higher Education providers (UCT, Stellenbosch, UJ etc.) all require students to sit an NBT as part of their application process to study at that University.
In America students begin preparing for the SATs years before they have to take them. The NBTs are a lot shorter and easier to prepare for and so do not require courses to be attended years before writing. You can, however, begin preparing for them from a younger age.
Here is a list of 3 simple things you can do to begin preparing for the NBTs before attending an NBT preparation course.
If you do these things now then not only will you find the NBTs easier than those who don’t, but you will find you also excel in your Core Maths and even set yourself up to be able to complete AP Maths, giving you the extra edge on your peers when it comes to University applications. With that in mind, Advantage Learn are specialists in Mathematical extension and we currently have two offerings which can help you enormously in extending your Mathematical abilities ahead of Grade 12:
This article was originally published on 19 Feb 2018
Online learning manager at Advantagelearn.com. I help manage our systems to provide the best online learning experience for our Students. Besides that I am a passionate Mathematician and enjoy solving students questions on our site.
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