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:


  • 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 writers’ 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;


  • 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.


  • 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
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