Please check with the university that you are applying to if you need to only write the AQL section of the NBTs.
The AQL section is compulsory if you need to write the full NBT test (MAT & AQL).
What is the AQL test?
AQL test aims to test proficiency in language comprehension as well as logic based numerical skills.
How is the AQL test structured?
The AQL is broken down into two sections, AL (Academic Literacy) and QL (Quantitative Literacy).
- The Academic Literacy (AL) - sections will require reading of various texts with multiple choice questions referring to the text. Some questions are general knowledge based. Questions on grammar, punctuation, vocabulary are included. It predominantly assesses the ability to understand the meaning and application of various texts as well as understanding and applying the argument or main point of the author.
- The Quantitative Literacy (QL) sections assess a student’s capacity to: understand basic numerical concepts, read and interpret graphs, reason logically and identify patterns and trends. It is largely based on the Grade 11 Maths Literacy syllabus.
When writing the test you may not refer back to the previous section or go forward to the next section. You can only work within that specific 25-minute section. You cannot finish one section early and use that extra time for the next section.
How long is the AQL test?
- The test is three hours long.
- The AQL is made up of 25-minute sections.
How to prepare for the AQL test?
We have an online course and mock AQL test available to help you prepare for the AQL part of the NBTs.
Learn more about our AQL online course by clicking the link.
Here is the link to book your AQL Course
For more information about the NBTs, please visit our NBT information page.