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NBTs Test Dates For 2022

Are you writing the National Benchmark Test (NBT) examinations this year? Here are the NBTs test dates for 2022.


The National Benchmark Test (NBT) is an examination which is set up by the National Benchmark Test Project. It is a set of tests which are used to assess a learner’s academic literacy, general knowledge, and mathematical skill in order to measure academic readiness for university.

Registrations for the 2022 NBTs are now open!

Click here to book your NBT test date.


Students are advised to view the FAQ sections by visiting https://nbt.uct.ac.za for information and answers to commonly asked questions before they book their NBTs.

The NBTs test dates run from 14 May 2022 until 7 January 2023. To view the calendar with all test dates for 2022, click here.

Candidates may choose to write either online or in person at venues specified by the NBT Project.


The test dates for the online NBTs are as follows:

  • 14 May
  • 25 June
  • 23 July
  • 27 August
  • 8 October

The NBT consists of two tests, the first one is the Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy domains (AQL), which tests a student’s levels of academic literacy and quantitative literacy competence.

It is combined into one multiple-choice test with each section timed for a total of three hours of writing time. The AQL test is written by applicants of all programs.

The second test is Mathematics (MAT), which tests the student’s level of competence in mathematics. This test is written by those who have applied to study courses that require a pass in Mathematics. It is also a multiple-choice test that is timed to be written in three hours.


The current prices for NBTs are as follows:

  • AQL only: R125
  • AQL and MAT: R250

All NBT fees must be paid through EasyPay. EasyPay Pay points are found across South Africa at food stores such as Pick N Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, and Spar, as well as many other merchant sites.

These fees must be paid in full in order for you to access your test results.

The NBT was established in 2006 to assist universities in interpreting applicants’ school-leaving results, determining the level of support first-year students may require, and addressing any adjustments to entry-level courses that may be required.

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