How to Calculate your APS at Rhodes University (RU)

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So, you are keen to study at Rhodes University (RU)? One of the need-to-knows before sending off your application form to RU is the APS calculation.

APS stands for Admission Point Score. In South Africa, universities use APS points as one of the tools to see if applicants qualify for their respective programmes. RU has a unique APS calculation that applicants can use to work out their score.

RU APS Calculation

To calculate your APS, you will need to add your six best subject percentages.  Please note that this excludes Life Orientation.

Applicants will need to meet the minimum APS in order to be considered for a specific programme.  Generally, you get points for each matric subject you write an exam in.  The points you get for each course will depend on the percentage you score in that particular subject. The APS is the total points you receive from each course. Results below 40% for any subject will not be counted in the APS.

Please note: meeting the bare minimum requirement is not always enough to get you into your desired degree programme, so push hard to get the highest marks you possibly can.

Don’t forget that 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.

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If you are an international student, you need to have 40 points and above to receive a firm offer. If you have 37 – 39 points, you will be put on hold until the end of September to be considered by the Dean if space is available. Some courses may require you to add certain subjects (please make sure that you know the requirements of the course beforehand).  Have a look at this APS breakdown and find out how to calculate your APS score.

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So now you know if you meet the minimum requirements according to RU’s standards.  Remember this is a RU score calculation. The APS calculation differs from institution to institution so your score could differ significantly at other institutions.

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