“What is my APS?” is a question that Matric pupils and first time students often want to know when applying to study at a university.
What does APS stand for?
Your Admission Point Score is a score that universities use to see if you qualify for a specific course. You can work out what it is using your final Matric results
When do I need to get my APS?
You need to get your APS (Admission Point Score) mark before you can apply for a course at a university.
How do I get my APS?
- First you have to have your final Matric examination certificate.
- Your top 7 Matric subjec’ts marks are changed into a point system that works out your APS (see diagram 1 below).
- This means you get a point for each Matric subject that you wrote in the final examination.
- The number of points you get for each of your final Matric examination will depend on what percentage you get for each subject.
- The points you then get for each subject should be added up, and the total points you get will be your APS.
- (See the diagram 2 below as an example of how you calculate your APS).
APS Calculator Example
(APS total points in the above diagram 2 are: 40 points)
How do universities use the APS to allow you to apply for a course at the university?
- Universities use your total APS point to see if you qualify to study for the specific course of the university you want to apply for.
- Take note: Each university allocates the amount of APS points needed to study a course. This means that a course at one university won’t need the same APS points as the same course at another university.
- It is very important that you make absolutely sure you find out what a university’s specified minimum APS points are for a specific course before you apply, as well as all the other specifications.
- For example: Say you want to apply for a teaching course at a university, then that particular university states that your minimum APS must be 30. However, another university might state that their minimum APS for application for a teaching course is 20.
- Also important to remember: Make sure that you always study hard to get the highest marks/grades you are capable of getting, because it is not always enough to have only the bare minimum necessary to get accepted for the degree you want to study.
- You need a good APS to be accepted at a university of your choice.
- Various organisations use the APS system to get access to your marks.
- Your APS shows you if you have the minimum requirements to be able to study a specific course at a university.
For further information about APS and how it works and why you need it, please click here.
Last Updated: October 1st, 2018