What Is My APS And How Do I Calculate It?

Pass levels are dependent on your Admission Point Score (APS). Entrance to universities and colleges is dependent on it as well. Know how to calculate it.

APS stands for Admission Point Score. Your APS score is important for your acceptance into  higher education institutions. 

Your APS guides you if you are not sure what you want to study, and it shows you which universities or programmes you qualify for.

How The APS Is Calculated?

Here is what you need to know about APS calculations:

  • The actual marks in each subject that you get range from 0 to 100 %
  • Each mark is given a point score that ranges from 1 to 7, with 7 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. For example, if your mark in Mathematics is 45% the point score allocated to that mark is 3
  • To get your total point score, you add the APS of six or five of your best subjects

The table below is the APS calculator:

Matric Subject Symbol / Mark Obtained in Matric examAPS (Admission Point Score)
A  (80 – 100%)7
B  (70 – 79%)6
C  (60 – 69%)5
D  (50 – 59%)4
E  (40 – 49%)3
F  (30 – 39%)2
G  (0 – 29%)1

How Much Should My APS Score Be?

Your APS score depends on the Matric pass level that you have. Here are the Matric pass levels: 

  1. Bachelors Degree Pass
  2. Diploma Pass
  3. Higher Certificate Pass
  4. National Senior Certificate Pass

Bachelor’s Degree Pass

A Bachelor’s Degree Pass is the best way to pass is the highest Matric pass. Many students who earn distinctions usually achieve a Bachelors pass. 

The minimum requirements to get a Bachelor’s Degree Pass is as follows:

Diploma Pass

The minimum requirements to get this certificate is as follows:

  • Get 40% for your Home Language
  • Get 40% for four other High Credit subjects
  • Get 30% for two other subjects for the National Senior Certificate

Higher Certificate Pass

A Higher Certificate Pass allows students to enrol at a college or distance learning institution.

The minimum requirements to get this certificate is as follows:

  • Get 40% in your Home Language
  • Get 40% in two other subjects
  • Get 30% for three other subjects for the National Senior Certificate
  • One of your Home Languages must be English or Afrikaans to qualify for this certificate

National Senior Certificate Pass

The minimum requirements to get this certificate are as follows:

  • Pass at least 3 subjects with 40%. One of these subjects should be an official Home Language.
  • Pass at least 2 subjects with 30%. One of these subjects should be a First Additional Language or Home Language.
  • You are allowed to fail 1 subject. The minimum percentage you can get for this subject is 20%

How Many Subjects Do You Need To Pass Matric?

You need five or six subjects to pass Matric. Here is how you can pass Matric:

  • Adult Matric
    • To pass Adult Matric, you need to complete a total of six subjects. Out of the six subjects, you have to pass at least five subjects
  • High School Matric

What Are High Credit Subjects?

High credit subjects are the subjects that have a higher rating when you apply for a place at a University. For example, Life Orientation is a low credit subject. Some Universities do not include this subject in your APS score. Here is a list of high credit subjects:


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • IsiNdebele
  • isiXhosa
  • Isizulu
  • Sepedi
  • Sesotho
  • Setswana
  • Siswati
  • Tshivenda
  • Xitsonga


  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Literacy
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

What Does B Mean In The Matric Results?

B means that you have obtained between the  70 – 79% mark in your subject and an APS score of 6. Here is the meaning of the other Matric symbols:

Matric Subject SymbolMark Obtained in Matric examAPS (Admission Point Score)Achievement Description
A+80 – 100%7Outstanding
A70 – 79%6Meritorious
B60 – 69%5Substantial
C50 – 59%4Moderate
D40 – 49%3Adequate
E30 – 39%2Elementary
F0 – 29%1Not Achieved

What Is The Highest APS Score?

Since the highest APs score in a subject is 7 points, your 6 best subjects will give you the highest APS score of 42.

Which Subjects Count For APS?

Here are the subjects that count for APS:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering graphics and Arts
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Science
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual arts

What Can I Study With A National Senior Certificate Pass?

Here is what you can study with a National Senior Certificate pass:

Business Management Courses

Marketing Management Courses

Management Assistant Courses

Human Resources Management Courses 

Educare Course

Legal Secretary Courses

ICB Business Management Programme

ICB Office Administration Programme

ICB Financial Accounting Programme

How Can I Pass Matric Easily?

Matric College makes it easy for you to study smart. As soon as you register. Here is how you will proceed:

  1. Receive the first package of your study materials within 5 – 7 days of registration
  2. Write and submit your assignments
  3. Receive feedback from your tutors
  4. Interact with fellow students and lecturers continuously when studying
  5. Make use of our past exam papers to prepare better for exams
  6. Get help with your exam registration
  7. Sit for your examinations in May and June
  8. Pass your exams and get your certificate from Umalusi
  9. Apply to combine the old and the Matric results
  10. Receive your combined best results certificate from Umalusi

Do Universities Accept Upgraded Marks?

Yes, universities accept upgraded marks. Remember that  Matric Upgrade, just like the Second Chance, is an official government programme.  You will be accepted by any university if you meet the required APS.

How Long Is A Matric Year?

The average time required to complete your Matric is three years. Matric consists of these three grades:

  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

If you plan on completing your Adult Matric at Matric College, you have the following time frames to complete your Matric:

One Year

Complete your Matric in just one year. This is for students who have enough time on their hands. You can complete all six subjects in one year.

Two Years

You can also complete your Matric in two years. This way you can complete three subjects in the first year and another three subjects in your second year.

Three Years

The three-year plan is usually for students who do not have enough time. In the three years, you can complete two subjects in your first year, another two subjects in your second year and the final two subjects in your third and final year.

What Does The Codes On My Statements Of Results Mean?

Here are the symbols and codes that can appear on your Matric statement of results:

Bachelor’s Degree PassB
Diploma PassD
Higher Certificate PassH
Not AchievedDoes not qualify for NSC / SC(A)
NSC/BACHNational Senior Certificate, qualifies for  studying a Bachelor’s Degree
NSC/DIPNational Senior Certificate, qualifies towards studying for a Diploma
NSC/HCNational Senior Certificate, qualifies towards studying a Higher Certificate
NSCAchieved the National Senior Certificate only
NSC/LSENNational Senior Certificate, a learner with special educational needs
888Subject change
777Outstanding mark
zzEnding (irregularity)
pxNull and void (irregularity)
moMarks outstanding

Author: Collin Wilbesi
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: May 26, 2022

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