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Centre for Access Assessment & Research

About CAAR

The Centre for Access Assessment and Research (CAAR) is primarily responsible for running the Access Assessment Testing programme at Nelson Mandela University. This programme provides applicants who do not meet the direct admission requirements for an academic programme, but who meet testing requirements, an opportunity to be assessed for admission into their academic programme of choice.

Access Assessment Programme

The Nelson Mandela University Access Assessment programme creates a second opportunity for applicants who are not initially accepted at the Nelson Mandela University, to possibly gain access to the programme of their choice, or their second choice or else another suitable academic programme. The applicant may also not be accepted after testing, depending on their perfomance. 

Access Assessment Test and Testing Sites 

The Access Assessment Test (AAT) is offered during intake periods across the country for the applicant's convenience. Our main testing venues are on the Nelson Mandela University South Campus (Port Elizabeth) and George Campus. If an applicant is unable to write the test at Nelson Mandela University, we have alternative testing venues in your city or a city closest to you. We refer to these as our Remote Sites and these include East London; Umtata; Durban; Polokwane; Johannesburg; Bloemfontein and Cape Town. 

Decision Making Factors

Before making an admission decision about whether or not an applicant can be accepted into the programme that they have applied for, CAAR gathers as wide a range of information as possible about them, including information about their school performance, their study interests, work experience, future goals, and any additional training.

CAAR also gathers additional information on basic competencies in the areas of English, Numeracy and Mathematics through the use of the AAT. ALL of this information is carefully considered by a professionally trained Consultant before a final decision is made about an applicant's acceptance into a programme.

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