How to Calculate your APS at North West University (NWU)

Calculate your APS at North West University (NWU)

So, you want to study at North West University (NWU)?  One of the need-to-knows before sending off your application form to NWU 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. NWU has a unique APS calculation that applicants can use to work out their score.

NWU APS Breakdown

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 that you write an exam in.  

To calculate your APS, add the points of your six best subjects, excluding Life Orientation.

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.


Why APS Matters

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

NWU APS Calculation

Here’s a breakdown of NWU’s APS calculation and an example:


If you are an international student or have not completed a NSC matric, here’s a breakdown of how to calculate your APS at NWU:

NWU International APS Table


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So now you know if you meet the minimum requirements according to NWU’s standards.  Remember this is an NWU score calculation.  The APS calculation differs from institution to institution so your score could differ significantly at other institutions.  Check out our article on why your APS score matters.


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