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The Access Assessment Test (AAT) refers to the three Nelson Mandela University access tests that you may have to write in order for a decision to be made about whether or not to admit you into your chosen programme at the university.

This depends on the programme that you have applied for. Everyone writes an English Reading Comprehension test and an Arithmetic test. If you have applied for a Mathematics-orientated programme and you studied Mathematics and not Mathematics Literacy at school, you will also be required to write an Elementary Algebra test. All three tests are multiple choice.


There are no time limits for the tests, so you can work at your own pace.
The tests are designed to measure your current knowledge and skills. It is therefore not necessary to learn for them. The best way to prepare yourself is to have a good night's rest before your test session, eat breakfast and make sure that you arrive on time for testing.
No you cannot. The Access Assessment Test is made up of proficiency tests that measure your current abilities in the areas of English, Numeracy and Mathematics. Different programmes require different test scores on each of the tests for admission into that programme.