Before you start the university application process, it is important that you calculate your Admission Point Score (APS). Each university allocates different points to matric percentage marks, so once you have decided what course you want to study at a particular university, you will need to calculate your APS to determine if your matric marks meet the course requirements at the university of your choice.
What is an APS?
The Admission Point Score refers to the score that represents your matric examination marks (preliminary and final) in a format that a university will use during student selection process.
An APS is basically the matric percentages of your top six subjects converted into a single number of points that your university of choice will use to make a decision on your application. You can also use your (APS) to see if you meet the minimum requirements for the degree programme you want to study before submitting your application to the university of your choice.
Why do universities use APS
Universities use APS to streamline their application processes and assess whether you meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into a specific course. The points required for a specific course by each university is different, with some requiring a higher number of points for a course than another. For example, an APS of 40 points can qualify you to study Economics at Rhodes University but at UCT this may not be enough to get you into the same course.
How to calculate your APS
Each percentage score that you achieve in your matric examinations (preliminary and final) are represented by a certain number of points. A matric percentage mark equals a number of points. A matric mark between 80%-100% is equivalent to 7 points; a mark between 70%-79% is equivalent to 6 points; a mark between 60%-69% is equivalent to 5 points; a mark between 50%-59% is equivalent to 4 points and a mark between 40%-49% is equivalent to 3 points. Any mark below 40% does not have receive any points.
For example, if Musa wants to be considered to study a Bachelor of Commerce and has the following matric marks: English 80%; Mathematics 75%; Afrikaans 60%; Physical Science 90%; Economics 55% and Business Studies 69%. To calculate he’s APS score he will add the points that are equivalent to the marks he obtained, so it will be 7+6+5+7+4+5 = 34, so Musa’s APS is 34 points. If Musa wants to study at Wits he can now check if he qualifies to apply for the degree.
NB! Universities have different point systems, so it is your responsibility to ensure that you calculate your APS correctly.
Most universities have an APS Calculator on their website where you can calculate your score and see what you qualify to study. The Calculator will require you to enter your Matric subjects and marks that you got and it will work out your total APS before directing you to see what your score allows you to study.