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The National Benchmark Test is now Online
Sat, 06 Jun 2020 - 21:45

NBT Online Testing from June 2021

The Centre for Educational Assessments (CEA) is excited to announce that it will provide National Benchmark Test (NBT) online assessment on 5th June 2021. The COVID-19 Pandemic has required CEA to accelerate it's plans for online testing. To achieve this goal CEA is collaborating with a strategic Technology Partner that specializes in secure, proctored online assessments. 

Emerging Scholar Awarded to Naziema Jappie
Wed, 31 Jul 2019 - 10:00

The special focus of the conference this year was learning to make a social difference. Learning is defined in its broadest sense as it relates to the acquisition of knowledge or skills through formal or informal educational practices of teaching, study, and experiential engagement. The critical concern here is that those practices are concerned with changing and improving social lives; harnessing the power of education to address inequality, discrimination, and disadvantage to promote social justice.

New paper about Quantitative Literacy
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 - 14:00

A new paper, written by University of Johannesburg's Zach Simpson, and CEA's Test Development Coordinator, Robert Prince, entitled "Teaching, Learning, and Employing Analytical Frameworks as Performance: Analysis of a Quantitative Literacy Event in Applied Mechanics", has been published in the electronic journal, Designs for Learning

Large scale research study on use of National Benchmark Tests (NBTs)
Wed, 03 Oct 2018 - 10:15

Earlier this year, a large research project, funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, explored the predictive validity of the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs), something which had long been a source of dispute with different claims being made about them in different institutions.  

Analysis of this data showed that:

Both the NBTs and the National Senior Certificate (NSC) had similar value in predicting performance at tertiary level; and The NBTs had strong diagnostic value because of the way they are able to analyse students’ performance at a sub-domain level (i.e. performance within the broad constructs of ‘literacy’ and ‘mathematics’).  The NSC simply cannot do this in its current form.
Interview with Catherine Millett, ETS
Fri, 31 Aug 2018 - 13:15

Having recently celebrated 15 years of service at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and serving as chair of the Executive Committee of the global social movement, Global Access to Postsecondary Education (GAPS), Catherine Millett has a wealth of experience in education. She sat down with us recently to provide some insight into the work she does, and to share her thoughts on the synergies between ETS, GAPS, and CEA.

Integrated student support on the cards
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 - 11:45

A project to design an integrated, digitised student support system, which tracks students ľ data all the way from application to graduation and makes everything accessible in one place, was launched on Monday, 13 August. UCT’s proposal for the system was written by Naziema Jappie, director of the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP). 

Creating an Ecosystem for Student Success
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 - 12:15

On Monday, 6th August, CEA and GAPS (Global Access to Postsecondary Education Initiative) hosted a one-day seminar at the University of Cape Town: “Creating an ecosystem for student success”.

The event drew academics from around the globe, including South Africa, the Netherlands, the United States, and Jamaica, to discuss issues of access to postsecondary education.

DMISRS Symposium
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 - 13:15

The first Diagnostic Mathematics Information for Student Retention and Success (DMISRS) Symposium, where Mathematicians and other academics gathered to discuss and clarify the challenges of retention and success of Mathematics students in Higher Education, took place on the 19th and 20th July, 2018, at the University of Cape Town.

DMISRS Project
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 - 10:00

CETAP has secured funding and has begun work on a collaborative, national project: The Diagnostic Mathematics Information for Student Retention and Success (DMISRS) Project. 

The DMISRS Project aims to analyse the curricula of first year Mathematics courses in Higher Education in order to establish how best to address students’ needs through curriculum-integrated support initiatives, including blended-learning.

Individual areas of need for students in identified institutions will be determined through NSC Mathematics and NBT sub-domain analysis and the kind of Mathematics support needed will be workshopped.

NBT website revamped
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 - 15:00

The National Benchmark Tests (NBT) website has been overhauled to ensure it is more user-friendly. Read about some exciting new features.

Vacancy at CETAP
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 - 11:15

CETAP seeks to hire an Academic Literacy Research Lead. The role of the Academic Literacy (AL) Research Lead is to develop the Academic Literacy tests and translate the diagnostic information from these tests into usable teaching and learning information to improve throughput, student retention and graduation. Relevant areas of specialization are Language, Academic Literacy, Applied Language Studies, Academic or Curriculum Development.

New paper about the NBTs published
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 - 11:00

"School-leaving and university entrance assessments in explaining performance in Engineering studies", by Robert Prince, Darlington Mutakwa, and Janine Dunlop, has been published in the Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education