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What is an APS score?

Every course at each university, or university of technology, has an Admission Points Score (APS). This score shows you the lowest number of points you need to achieve in Matric or Grade 11 in order to be allowed into the course. You may also need to meet other requirements, such as certain Matric subjects, or get above a certain mark in a particular subject.

How do I calculate my APS score?

Please note: Each university or university of technology has a slightly different method of calculating your APS score, so remember to redo the score according to each institution's requirements. Your APS is calculated on the mark you have received in Matric (if you have completed Matric) or on your final year mark on your report for Grade 11.

For your APS score, the mark you receive for each of your subjects will earn you a certain APS score. For example, if you got 60% for Life Sciences, you might earn 4 points for that subject. To calculate your final score, add up your score for each subject to get your overall APS.

Take a look at your university's website or application brochure in order to find out your APS score.

If you find yourself getting confused, follow our step-by-step APS calculation guide.

APS calculation guide

Calculating your APS score can be a bit confusing, so follow the steps below carefully.

1) Draw up a table for yourself, with three columns and enough space for each of your subjects, as shown below:
Example of an APS calculation table
Subject

Mark (%)

Points

English

68%

 
Xhosa (2nd Language)

75%

 
Life Orientation

80%

 
Maths

40%

 
Business

62%



Life Sciences

55%



Geography

58%



Total:

 


2) If your institution has an online points calculator than use that. If not, you will need to pay very careful attention to the method you need to follow. There are different scores for the different types of Matric (NSC, pre 2008 and NSC Vocational), so make sure you are using the correct one. Some institutions have different scores for different subjects, such as English, Maths and Life Orientation.

Below is an example of an APS calculation, based on an example university:

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3) Once you are sure of the method that's needed, calculate your APS score for each subject by matching your percentage with the right score, making sure you are using the points for the right section. In this section, English, Maths and LO use a different type of scoring method. Once you're done for each subject, add up all the scores to calculate your final APS.

Below is a diagram of how to find scores for Life Orientation, Xhosa and English, using this example information.
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Using the table above, the APS scores for our example would be:

Subject

Mark (%)

Points

English

68%

5 + 2 = 7

Xhosa (2nd Language)

75%

6

Life Orientation

80%

3

Maths

40%

3

Business

62%

5

Life Sciences

60%

5

Geography

58%

4

Total:

  33


This makes the APS score for this example 33.

Once you've calculated your own APS, you will need to check that it is high enough to allow you into your chosen course. Just having a high enough APS doesn't guarantee that you will get into the course. Rather, it is a minimum requirement for entering the course.

Remember to calculate your score for each different institution, carefully following their rules.