Applying to the University of Cape Town? Do you want to calculate your APS at UCT? Are you looking for the UCT APS Score Calculator, or are you wondering what is APS and its importance? In this article, I will tell you what APS is, why you need it for admission application and how to calculate.
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What is APS?
APS stands for Admission Point Score.
In South Africa, there are certain criteria observed before being admitted to any programme at any university in South Africa. One of these is meeting the required Admission Point Score (APS) for the programme in pursuit.
South African Universities uses APS points as one of the requirement to determine the qualification of applicants for their respective programmes. Each university has a unique formula to calculate your APS and below is the University of Cape Town, UCT APS Score Calculator.
Now you know what APS is, let proceed to Calculation APS at UCT.
UCT APS Calculation
To calculate your APS for UCT, you will need to add your six subject percentages.
- If case you have more than six subjects, excluding Life Orientation.
- The University of Cape Town requires you to have six subjects in total when calculating your APS for UCT.
Generally, for each matric subject you write, you obtain a point. The points you obtain for each course will depend on the percentage you score in that particular subject. The Admission Point Score (APS) is the total points you accumulate from each course.
- Applicants are required to meet the minimum APS in order to be considered for a specific program.
NB: Despite meeting the minimum APS for UCT. Some courses require you to submit other requirements (e.g. portfolio of work, audition or interview). It’s important for you to check with the faculty what they require from you.
Why Universities Use APS
South African Universities (and Universities of Technology) use APS scores for some reasons below:
- APS helps universities cut down on their administrative work.
- As you may know, thousands of students both home and abroad apply to universities every year and APS score requirements are a simple way of allowing students to know which courses they could qualify for.
University of Cape Town APS Breakdown
The breakdown of the University of Cape Town, UCT’s APS calculation is as follows:
Each faculty at UCT has its own way of calculating the FPS and WPS, using the APS. You can find out more about this in UCT’s admission guidelines. UCT uses a Faculty Points Score (FPS), a Medical Points Score (MPS) and a Weighted Points Score (WPS) to assess your school performance.
Faculty Point Score (FPS): this is a measure used to rank applicants. In some faculties (Health Sciences and Medicine), it is a combination of the APS and the NBT score and in other faculties (Commerce, Engineering, Humanities, and Law), it is the APS.
Weighted Points Score (WPS): this is the FPS weighted by a disadvantage factor applicable to the applicant.
Please Note: the WPS is only for South African applicants as it is a disadvantage factor.
You will be able to see how to calculate these scores below. Please make sure you check each faculty to calculate the right score.
Faculty of Commerce, Humanities, Engineering and Law
In these faculties, the FPS and the APS are the same. You will be able to find an example of how to calculate this score below:
Faculty of Health Sciences (MBChB)
For MBChB applicants:
A Medical Point Score (MedPS) is calculated out of 1000. This is a combination of FPS (APS and NBTs) as well as Personal Report (any support of additional experience, attributes and experience).
To calculate your FPS in this faculty, you will need to add your APS and NBTs. Please note that medical applicants will need to calculate their MedPS as part of the admission requirements. South Africans, to calculate their WPS, you will need to adjust your FPS by a disadvantage factor. Take a look at the example below:
For Health and Rehabilitation applicants:
Please note that qualifications in this faculty calculate an FPS out of 900. Take a look at an example below:
Faculty of Science
To calculate the FPS in the faculty of Science, you will need to double your scores for Maths and Science. The FPS is calculated out of 800. Check out the example below:
Because It’s Relates to Admission, check out the following:
|Application Dates||APS Scores|
|Open Dates||NECO Result|
|Universities Prospectus 2020||Past Papers|
- NMU Application 2020
- NMU Prospectus 2020
- NMU Application Dates 2020
- NMU Fees 2020
- NMU Application Status 2020
- NMU Courses 2020
- NMU Student Portal
For more information and inquiries, you can contact the University of Cape Town, UCT by visiting the official website www.uct.ac.za.
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