How to Calculate your APS at SMU

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So, you are keen to study at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)?  One of the need-to-knows before sending off your application form to SMU 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. SMU has a unique APS calculation that applicants can use to work out their score.

SMU APS Calculation

To calculate your APS, you will need to add your subject percentages.  There are specific points required for certain subjects.  You can find these requirements here.

Applicants will need to meet the minimum APS in order to be considered for a specific program.  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 score is the total points you receive from each course.

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.


Why APS Matters

Why do you even have to calculate an APS? Find out why an APS is so important and why institutions use them.

SMU APS Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of SMU’s APS calculation:



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


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