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Gestoei om plek op universiteit: akademiese taalvaardigheid ‘n voordeel

Die jaar het nog skaars begin, en vir die Graad 12’s van 2019 lê daar in 2020 klaar ‘n gesukkel voor. Wanneer hulle later vanjaar aansoek doen om universiteitstoelating word daar vir hulle ‘n toenemende skaarste aan plekke voorspel, en veel meer intense kompetisie om ‘n studieplek te kan verseker. Nasionaal is daar eenvoudig meer aansoeke as wat daar beskikbare plekke is. Wanneer universiteite moet besluit watter aansoeke van voornemende studente aanvaar moet word, gaan hul al hoe meer op die uitslae van taaltoetse soos die akademiese en kwantitatiewe geletterdheidskomponent van die Nasionale Normtoetse (NNT’s) en soortgelyke toetse steun. Die uitwerking daarvan sal veral merkbaar wees by kursusse wat hoë aansien geniet, en vir dié wat hoog in aanvraag is. Continue reading “Gestoei om plek op universiteit: akademiese taalvaardigheid ‘n voordeel”

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Scarcity of places at university: language test results crucial

The scarcity of places for students at university is likely to be felt more acutely in 2020, and the Grade 12s of 2019 will no doubt be affected when they apply to study. The number of places available as opposed to the number of applications is a national issue. Given the scarcity, universities will increasingly use language tests such as the academic and quantitative literacy component of the NBTs, as well as other, similar tests, to decide whether places should be offered to prospective students. This will be felt more acutely in the case of prestigious courses, and the ones that are in high demand.

Can one prepare for tests of academic literacy?

There is a mistaken belief that one need not, or cannot prepare for academic literacy tests. This is simply not true. Continue reading “Scarcity of places at university: language test results crucial”