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How to Calculate your APS at UJ

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

Why your APS Matters

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

UJ 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 you write that you write an exam for.  

To calculate your APS, you’ll need to add 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.

UJ APS Calculation

Here’s a breakdown of UJ’s APS calculation:


This institution requires you to write a National Benchmark Test (NBT) as part of your application. Find out more information about the NBTs here. Get on it now!

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So now you know if you meet the minimum requirements according to UJ’s standards.  Remember this is a UJ 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.

We know you’ve got this.  Good luck!


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