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APS: Why does this Score Matter?

by Johann Harmse

APS: Why does this Score Matter?

Being able to calculate your APS (Admission Point Score) is important when applying to university.  We explain why universities use them and why you need to be aware of them.

Your APS is important because it contributes to a major decision in your life. The marks you receive in matric will determine whether you will get into university.

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 this score 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?  What Can I Study has this nifty APS calculator to calculate your specific APS for any institution you apply to.  Save yourself time and frustration!

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Why do Universities use APSs?

Universities (and Universities of Technology) use APS for a few reasons.

The APS is calculated because it is a convenient way for universities to process applicants. Given the thousands of applications received yearly, the APS assists with the application process by cutting down on administrative work.

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.

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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 does APS 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.

Why do we need to be aware of APS?

Students need to perform well in grade 11. It is important to remember that it is not enough to get the minimum requirements. Universities receive a huge amount of applications and only the best students are chosen.

You need to understand how the APS system works because almost all universities use this system to consider applications. APS is what universities consider when assessing your strengths and ability to study a course. 

Generally; universities use your final Matric results to calculate your APS. Students with very high APS may get accepted in multiple universities to study their choice program. On the contrary, those with low APS may have difficulty finding a school that will let them study their program of choice.

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.

Additionally, APS enables administrators to reduce their workload during admission.

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What to do once you know your APS

You can check the APS that your chosen university requires for the program you want to study. You should do this early so that you know your stand. If you are not eligible for one university, look for other universities where your APS is acceptable for that program.

However, if you have an APS that is below the bare minimum, you can rewrite your matric exam. Then use your results to apply to your university of choice the following year.  

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If you are still unsure about how or where to apply to university, browse through our lists of institutions in South Africa. 

Also remember to check out the APS calculator. 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.

If you need assistance with funding, we can help! FundiConnect offers student financing that covers a range of costs such as tuition, textbooks & study material, accommodation and more. Try our loan calculator to learn more.

Now, that you understand why APS is so important and how to calculate your APS, you are ready to start your tertiary learning journey!

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