The National Benchmark Test Project does not partner with or sanction any exam preparation courses or extra lesson teachers. NBTprep does not have the authority to speak on behalf of the NBTP and has no special knowledge of what the tests hope to aim. This is true of all educational content providers so please be wary of organisations making false claims.
Our course is designed for social integration, so that the learner can benefit from the knowledge and assistance embedded in their network of family, friends and teachers. The Mentor View enables a parent or chosen mentor to follow the learner’s progress through the course, offer support through direct messaging, and receive detailed reports on the learner’s strengths and weaknesses.
Your purchase of an NBTprep course grants the learner 12 months’ access – more than enough time to prepare for the NBTs using the core product, and the NSC exams using our free bonus materials.
The National Benchmark Test Project (NBTP) and NSC exams are complementary, but different. Based on the CAPS curriculum and pace setting guidelines provided by the Department of Education, the NBTP has excluded topics in the CAPS syllabus that are unlikely to have been taught by the 3rd quarter of Grade 12 (for more detail, click here.) We are aware, however, that school does not end with the writing of the NBTs, which start as early as May, so we have included learning material that covers the rest of the CAPS syllabus not included in the NBT exams. With this bonus content the learner can get maximum value, preparing for success in the NBTs as well as the NSC exams.
An important part of exam method is being familiar with the format of the exam itself. The NBTs are all in an MCQ format – by focusing on this in our tutorials and mock tests NBTprep helps students practice the structure of the exams, as well as their content.
Each topic in the NBTprep syllabus finishes with a tutorial which tests the student’s skill and comprehension. Our unique question engine generates new questions every time the tutorial is attempted. In this way the student never memorises the content, but develops a functional understanding of the subject. This functional understanding is what the National Benchmark Tests are designed to test.
The National Benchmark Tests are divided into two exams: the MAT (mathematics) and the AQL (academic literacy and quantitative literacy). The topics covered in these exams are detailed here. The NBTprep courses are designed to cover each of these topics in detail, thoroughly preparing the learner for the tests, while our unique set of bonus materials assists the Grade 12 learner in preparing for their NSC exams by covering all the topics in the CAPS syllabus NOT included in the NBTs.
Whether or not a learner is required to sit the National Benchmark Tests in order to enter a higher education institution is determined by the institution itself. Universities, and departments within those universities, have differing entrance requirements. Please contact the relevant faculty of your chosen university for clarification.
Currently, NBTprep only offers a course to prepare learners for the MAT (mathematics) National Benchmark Test. We hope to release a second course covering the AQL (academic and quantitative literacy) test soon.
The leader of our NBT mathematics course is Shaun Dippnall, a career actuary with a passion for the subject. Shaun has lectured the subject at university and has applied its principles daily in his professional experience as Chief Actuary for a major life assurance business, and CEO of various successful enterprises. He is the founder of Explore Software and NBTprep, and heads up a team of teachers, academics and subject experts.
The National Benchmark Test Project (NBTP) does not make NBT exam papers available to the public domain. This is primarily to discourage students from rote learning and to discourage teachers from ‘teaching to the test.’ The NBTP emphasises how important it is to have a functional understanding of the relevant study topics, an approach that NBTprep wholly endorses. Our unique question engine ensures that a learner can do the same tutorial or mock test over and over, facing new questions every time. In this way the learner comprehends the concepts behind the work, rather than simply learning ‘parrot fashion.’
Yes. In making NBTprep an online learning platform we are able to provide world-class education at a fraction of the cost. A high degree of connection between the learner and friends, mentors or teachers ensures an interactive learning environment, while all course notes can be downloaded to create unique textbooks for offline learning.
No. Though the NBTs and NSC exams are complementary, they cover different topics and follow different testing approaches. While NBTprep fully covers the skills and content required to write the NBTs, our bonus materials cover the rest of the CAPS syllabus, and prepare Grade 12 learners for their end-of-year NSC exams.
All our course notes are downloadable and, as our unique question engine creates new questions every time a tutorial is opened, every time you download the notes they will be uniquely different. Your very own textbook.