The NBTs focus on academic readiness for university study. Each test requires you to apply prior learning - what you know and are able to do - to materials that reflect expectations for first year students in university programmes. A brief summary of the skills assessed in each test follows:

**ACADEMIC LITERACY**

- Understand vocabulary related to academic study;
- Make meaning from academic text;
- Evaluate evidence used to support claims made by writers;
- Extrapolate and draw inferences and conclusions from text;
- Differentiate main idea from supporting ideas in the overall and specific organisation of a passage;
- Identify text differences as related to the writersâ€™ purposes, audiences, and forms of communication;
- Understand how syntax and punctuation are used to express meaning; and
- Understand basic numerical concepts used in text.
- Make meaning from academic text;

**QUANTITATIVE LITERACY**

- Apply quantitative procedures and reasoning in symbolic and non-symbolic situations;
- Apply information from a variety of tables, graphs, charts and text;
- Integrate information obtained from multiple sources;
- Perform multiple-step calculations using information presented with text, symbols, and graphs;
- Identify trends and patterns in various situations;
- Apply properties of simple geometric shapes to determine measurements; and
- Interpret quantitative information presented verbally, symbolically, and graphically.

**MATHEMATICS**

- Understand and apply properties of the real number system, including surds and exponents;
- Recognise and use patterns, including sequences and series;
- Apply relationships such as ratios and percentages in a variety of contexts;
- Apply the results of algebraic manipulations with equations and inequalities;
- Understand the function concept and identify properties of functions
- Interpret transformations of functions represented algebraically or graphically;
- Identify relationships between graphs and their equations, or inequalities and the regions they describe;
- Apply trigonometric identities and concepts in solving problems;
- Understand properties and interpret representations of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes;
- Apply principles of analytic geometry;
- Interpret various representations and measures of data; and
- Use logical skills in making deductions and determining the validity of given assertions