Learn more about Admissions Point Score (APS) and how to calculate your APS scores using your best six subjects, double Maths and science plus English and the next best subject, or double Maths and Accounting, plus English and the 3 next best subjects.
Calculating the Admission Point Score, APS
APS is an abbreviation for Admissions Point Score. Applicants applying to study at any higher institution in South Africa have to meet the individual subject admission requirements for the qualification. In addition, you also have to meet the minimum Admissions Point Score (APS) scores using the method that applies to the qualification you are applying for. Learn how to check matric results online.
3 Ways to Calculate APS Scores
There are three (3) easy ways to calculate your Admissions Point Score (APS). By using:
- Best of Six Subjects
- Double Maths and Science plus English and the next best subject
- Double Maths and Accounting, plus English and the 3 next best subjects
Best of Six Subjects
The APS is calculated using the percentage score for the 6 highest scoring subjects including those required subjects such as Mathematics, Physical Science, and English, but excluding Life Orientation and adding up all the raw scores, and dividing by 10.
For example
Subject | Percentage | Calculating |
English | 57% | 57 |
Mathematics | 55% | 55 |
Subject 3 | 50% | 50 |
Subject 4 | 54% | 54 |
Subject 5 | 43% | 43 |
Subject 6 | 45% | 45 |
APS Score (min) | 304 ÷10 = 30.4 |
Double Maths and Science plus English and the next best subject
The APS is calculated using the percentage score for the required subjects such as Mathematics, Physical Sciences, English, and the 4th highest subject, but excluding Life Orientation. Multiply the marks for Mathematics and Physical Sciences by 2 and add up all the raw scores, then divide by 10.
For example:
Subject | Percentage | Calculation |
English | 57% | 57 |
Mathematics | 55% × 2 | 110 |
Physical Science | 50% × 2 | 100 |
Subject 4 | 54% | 54 |
APS Score (min) | 321 ÷ 10 = 32.1 |
Double Maths and Accounting, plus English and the 3 next best subjects
The APS is calculated using doubling the percentage score for Mathematics and Accounting and then adding the 4 next best subjects (excluding Life Orientation), then dividing by 10.
For example:
Subject | Percentage | Calculation |
English | 57% | 57 |
Mathematics | 55% × 2 | 110 |
Accounting | 62% × 2 | 124 |
Subject 4 | 54% | 54 |
Subject 5 | 48% | 48 |
Subject 6 | 65% | 65 |
APS score (min) | 458 ÷ 10 = 45.8 |