APS: Why does this Score Matter?

Being able to calculate your APS is important when applying for university. Here’s why universities use them and why you need to be aware of them.

Calculating your APS isn’t difficult, but it’s something you need to do before applying to university. We’ve already written an article explaining how to calculate your APS, but we thought you might like to know why universities use them. So here’s a breakdown of why knowing your APS matters.


Want to know how to calculate your APS?  We’ve got you covered.  You can choose the institution you’re applying to and find a breakdown of the institution’s specific APS calculation.  Yes, it is pretty cool.

What is an APS, you ask?

Your Admission Point Score (APS) is an easy-to-calculate, individual score which represents your matric marks (prelim and final) in the format that they will be assessed according to the specific course requirements at the different universities. Each university has a different APS calculation. It’s a single number that you can use to figure out which courses you qualify for at university (just remember that some courses have subject specific requirements that you need to meet as well).

Want to calculate your APS with a few clicks?  Well, you can.  No, we are not joking!  EduMatch can now calculate your specific APS for any institution you apply to.  Save yourself time and the frustration.  

Why do Universities use them?

Universities (and Universities of Technology) use APS for a few reasons. Mostly it’s for their own convenience. Thousands of people apply to universities every year and APS requirements are a simple way of letting students know which courses they could qualify for. It also means that these institutions don’t have to consider the marks for each subject of every student. There are also subject-specific requirements. No matter your focus, you will need to have met the basic requirements for subjects like Maths and your first language.

Remember: every university has different requirements for different courses. APS requirements are an easy way to reduce the amount of work universities have to do, with regards to informing the huge number of students who apply every year of their acceptance or rejection.

What Purpose do they Serve?

While the APS do help universities cut down on their administrative work, they also help students find out which courses they are likely to get into at different universities.

This means that thousands of students can plan their applications without having to contact a university or ask questions. This is great for universities who no longer have to answer thousands of calls or emails, and great for students because they can easily figure out which courses they can apply for and how likely they are to be accepted.


To make life even easier, EduMatch can calculate your APS for any institution in South Africa.  All you need to do is enter your marks, interests and where you would like to study.  Simple.  This really is as cool as it sounds.

Why do we need to be aware of them?

You need to understand how the APS system works because almost all universities use this system to consider applications. Fortunately, we have made it very easy for you by explaining it all to you in our article “Know your APS Score” where we break down how an APS works and how to calculate your own, at each university.

While it’s important to get as high a score as possible, it’s also important to understand that your score is not everything. The APS is just a way that universities have streamlined the application processes to make it easier to handle the number of applications they get every year.  Putting some effort into applications, letters and emails will definitely go a long way to helping you secure a position at your university of choice.

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If you are still unsure about how or where to apply to university, check out our EduMatch service. Here you can actually calculate your APS for any institution and find out what degrees you are eligible for based on your marks and other relevant information.  Once you have decided on a course of study, read up on this choice.  Don’t worry, we have all the information you need on the different study options out there 🙂