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'We are doing all that we can to continue our testing': NMMU

Dec 7, 2016
'We are doing all that we can to continue our testing': NMMU

Prospective students, who have applied to study at NMMU in 2017 and have been referred to write an access test, please note that the published telephone number to make a booking – 041 504 2918 – is extremely busy.  Should you still wish to book a test for this week, you can also call our Contact Centre on 041 504 1111 or book online at http://caarbooking.nmmu.ac.za/bookings.aspx. When arriving to write the test, please make sure that you bring your latest results and your ID.

Testing at our out-of-town, remote sites will end this Wednesday, 7 December and testing at the PE campus ends on Thursday, 8 December. Applicants will then be informed by Admissions of the decision by 21 December.

Testing will start up again around 4 January 2017 at the remote sites and on campus in the second week of January subject to the demand.

Annually about 10 000 students who do not meet direct access requirements to the programme of their choice but whose Admission Point Scores (APS) falls within the testing band, are given the opportunity of writing a test that establishes whether the student has the potential to succeed in the chosen field.

NMMU is the only institution nationally to offer this opportunity, viewed by many as providing a “second chance” to those who might not have been considered elsewhere.

To date this year, some 4 200 applicants have been tested both in Port Elizabeth and eight other sites around the country. This is slightly behind its usual numbers for early December.

“We are doing all that we can to continue our testing in support of our admissions process,” said Dave Jenkings, Director of the Centre for Access Assessment and Research, which runs the testing.

NMMU has received more than 100 000 applications for study in 2017. The University is utilising all available resources and working extra hours to process the applications, most of which have been received online.

Apart from giving students a second chance, the testing, along with the candidates’ school marks, subject choices and other information, allows the CAAR team to also offer candidates who do not qualify for their first choice alternative study options.

“A profile of each candidate is created allowing for decisions to be made on a holistic basis. It also informs possible developmental support going forward,” says Dr Jenkings. 

The success of the CAAR support function which forms part of the NMMU’s commitment to widening access, is such that almost half of those who register in the first year do so via the access testing method. About 40% of those who graduate annually sat the CAAR test at the beginning of their studies.

The majority of those tested (56%) live outside of Port Elizabeth and are tested in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Umtata, George, Polokwane, Durban, Queenstown and Bloemfontein.   

All candidates who qualify for testing are informed by Admissions to book a test session as soon as possible, which can be done telephonically (041 504 2918) or online (http://caar.nmmu.ac.za/Book-Your-Test-Session.