National Benchmark Test

National Benchmark Test

The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) are an assessment test for first-year applicants to higher education. The NBTs are designed to measure a writer’s ability to transfer understanding of academic literacy (language skills), quantitative literacy (numerical skills) and Mathematics to the demands of tertiary (higher education) coursework.

It is compulsory for all prospective first-year students at SU, regardless of the matriculation year or examination system followed, to write the National Benchmark Tests. For all NBT-related detail and reservations, please visit the official NBT website at

Download: Stellenbosch University NBT guidelines (2024-intake) 

You can check if your results are uploaded here a month after your test session. It is your responsibility to check whether your NBT results are loaded.

My NBT results: Click to view 

If your results are not loaded: Send your NBT test number, ID number, SU student number and official results to the SU Client Services Centre, at e-mail or via fax to 021 808 3822. SU will then verify these results for correctness and upload them on the system.