How to Calculate your APS at the Nelson Mandela University

Different universities may have different ways of calculating this point score. (This does not apply to  Universities of Technology, which have their own requirements.)

How to calculate your APS score:

  • The APS system allocates point values to seven NSC subjects.
  • Write down your relevant Grade 12 subjects and the levels you have obtained.
  • Allocate points according to the table below.
  • Add up the number of points you have scored for all seven subjects. If you have eight or more subjects, use Life Orientation plus your six best subjects to calculate your APS. Refer to the one on the website which calculates it for you.
  • Compare your APS against the minimum APS required for the qualification for which you wish to apply.
  • If your APS is lower than the direct admission requirement set for a specific qualification, refer to the testing band range to determine if your score falls within the range to be referred for an access assessment test.
NSC NSC % APS APS %
8 90 – 100 %
7 80 – 100 % 7 80 – 89 %
6 70 – 79 % 6 70 – 79 %
5 60 – 69 % 5 60 – 69 %
4 50 – 59 % 4 50 – 59 %
3 40 – 49 % 3 40 – 49 %
2 30 – 39 % 2 30 – 39 %
1 0 – 29 % 0 0 – 29 %

Example:

  • First language (language of teaching and learning)  65%:  5 points
  • Additional recognised language  71% = 6 points
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy  61% = 5 points
  • Accounting  68% = 5 points
  • History  81% = 7 points
  • Geography  86% = 7 points
  • Life Orientation  84% = 7 points

Total APS = 42

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