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NBT Test Day Check List

Test day : What to expect :
What are the tests like?
** The NBTs are multiple choice tests.
** AL and QL are combined in the AQL test and written in a three hour morning session; the MAT is written in a three hour afternoon session.

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** The AQL test consists of seven sections.
** Each section is timed; some sections allow 25 minutes and some allow 30 minutes of writing time.
** The total writing time for the AQL is three hours and five minutes.
** No one is allowed to leave once the AQL test begins.

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** The MAT test is also timed, with three hours of writing time allowed.
** No learner is allowed to come mid-day to write just the MAT test.
** If you are writing the MAT test, you must write it the same day as you write the AQL test.

What will happen on test day?

** Get a good nights’ sleep and be sure to have your travel plans firm. You must check in at 7:30.
** Check-in at all sites in South Africa begins at 07:30. Door closes at 8:30, after which no one is allowed inside the test rooms.

** The AQL test is written in the morning and the MAT test is written in the afternoon.
** At check-in, you will be given an answer sheet with your name and ID number printed on the back.

** Once you are seated inside the test room, carefully check the printed name.
** You will be given instructions by the Chief Invigilator how to make corrections.
** You must show your official ID to an invigilator before the test begins.
** Place your ID beside the answer sheet, along with your pencils and eraser.

** Everything else must be placed on the floor.
** Now you can close your eyes, relax and prepare your mind while you wait for the session to begin.
** Note that bathroom breaks are not allowed.
** Plan ahead, and remember that the writing session is 3 hours.

Test Day Check List :

You will need  You may not use the following
  • Paid test fees
  • 7:30 AM check-in
  • South African ID booklet or passport
  • Sharpened pencils (2) and eraser
  • Lunch and water
  • calculator
  • ruler
  • dictionary
  • scrap paper
  • notebooks
  • smart phones, ipads, Tabs

Contact Address

Cape Town, 7700,
South Africa

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