What is my APS for University Admission?

What is my APS?
What is my APS?

“What is my APS?”, “What does it stands for?” Get the answers for these questions and extra information about your APS in this below article.

What does APS stands for?

  • APS stands for:  Admission Point Score


When do I need to get my APS?

  • You need to get your APS (Admission Point Score) mark before you can apply for a course at a university.


How do I get my APS?

  • First you have to have your (valid) final Matric examination certificate with your final examination marks.
  • Then your top 7 Matric subject marks are changed into a point system (APS) (see Diagram 1 below).





APS Calculator


Diagram 1


  • In the above Diagram 1 it shows that you get a point for each Matric subject that you wrote in the final examination.  
  • These points you got for each of your final Matric examination marks, will depend on what percentage you get for each subject.
  • The points you then get for each subject should be added up, and the total points you get will be your APS.
  • (See the below Diagram 2 as an example of how you calculate your APS).



APS Calculator Example

Diagram 2

(APS total points in the above Diagram 2 are:  40 points)


How do universities use the APS to allow you to apply for a course at a University?

  • Universities use your total APS point to see if you qualify to study for the specific course at the university you want to apply for.
  • Take note:  Each University uses the APS points differently for the courses they offer.  
  • It is very important that you make absolutely sure you find out what a University’s specified minimum APS points are for application for a specific course before your apply, as well as all the other specifications.
  • For example: Say you want to apply for a teaching course at a University, then that particular University states that your minimum APS must be 30.  However, another University might state that their minimum APS for application for a teaching course is 20.
  • Also important to remember:  Make sure that you always study hard to get the highest marks/grades you are capable of getting.   It is not always enough to have only the bare minimum marks/grades necessary to get accepted for the degree you want to study.    

In short:

  • You need a good APS to be accepted at a University of your choice.
  • A lot of various organisations use the APS system to get access to your marks.
  • Your APS shows if you have the minimum requirements to be able to study a specific course at a university.

If you are a Matic student and want to know more about APS and further Matric related information, then please click here.

For further information about APS and how it works and why you need it, please click here.






Written by:  Leonor Breytenbach

Last updated:  July 15, 2018