APS Calculator – Importance Of APS

Being able to calculate your APS is very important when applying for admission to a university. Here’s why universities use them and why you need to be aware of them.


APS Calculator

Calculating your APS very simple, but it’s something you need to do before applying to any university in South Africa. We’ve already written an article explaining how to calculate your APS, but we thought you might like to know why universities use them. So here’s a breakdown of why knowing your APS important.

What is the Full meaning  Of APS?

APS is an Acronym for Admission Point Score, an individual score that represents your matric marks (prelim and final) in the format that they will be assessed according to the specific course requirements at the different universities. Each university has a different APS calculation. It’s a single number that you can use to figure out which courses you qualify for at university (just remember that some courses have subject specific requirements that you need to meet as well).


Why do Universities use APS?

Thousands of people apply to universities every year and APS requirements are a simple way of letting students know which courses they could qualify for. It also means that these institutions don’t have to consider the marks for each subject of every student. There are also subject-specific requirements. No matter your focus, you will need to have met the basic requirements for subjects like Maths and your first language.

Please Note: every university has different requirements for different courses. APS requirements are an easy way to reduce the amount of work universities have to do, with regards to informing the huge number of students who apply every year of their acceptance or rejection.

If My APS Is High, Would I Be Admitted?

While it’s important to get as high a score as possible, it’s also important to understand that your score is not everything. The APS is just a way that universities have streamlined the application processes to make it easier to handle the number of applications they get every year.  Putting some effort into applications, letters and emails will definitely go a long way to helping you secure a position at your university of choice.


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