# What is AQL in NBT?

The AQL combines Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy in one multiple-choice test. Each section is a total of three hours’ writing time. The second test is Mathematics (MAT) which is also multiple-choice and three hours in duration

#### What is in the National Benchmark Tests?

The NBT assesses a writer’s proficiency levels in three content areas, focusing on the following:

 Academic literacy Quantitative literacy Make meaning from text, typical to that encountered in tertiary studies; Understand vocabulary related to academic study, in context; Identify and track points and claims made in texts; Evaluate evidence used to support writers’ claims; Extrapolate and draw inferences and conclusions from text; Differentiate main from supporting ideas in the overall and specific organisation of a passage; Identify text differences that relate to writers’ purposes, audiences, and kinds of communication; Understand and interpret information that is presented visually (e.g. tables and flow-charts); and Understand basic numerical concepts and information used in text. Select and use a range of quantitative terms and phrases; Apply quantitative procedures in various situations; Formulate and apply formulae; Interpret tables, graphs, charts and text and integrate information from different sources; Do calculations involving multiple steps accurately; Identify trends and patterns in various situations; Apply properties of simple geometric shapes to determine measurements; Reason logically; and Interpret quantitative information presented verbally, symbolically, and graphically. Mathematics Understand and apply properties of the real number system; Recognise and use patterns, including sequences and series; Apply relationships such as ratios and percentages in a variety of contexts; Use surds, logarithms and exponents in a variety of algebraic and numerical contexts, including solution of exponential equations and financial calculations; Carry out algebraic manipulations, apply these in the solution of equations and inequalities; Solve problems using mathematical process skills; Understand function concept and identify properties of functions, such as domain and range, in the context of straightlines, parabolas, hyperbolas, exponential and logarithmic graphs, and trigonometric graphs (sine, cosine, tangent); Identify relationships between graphs and their equations, or inequalities and the regions they describe; Interpret transformations of functions represented algebraically or graphically; Apply trigonometric concepts in solving problems; Understand and use trigonometric identities in solving equations; Understand properties and interpret representations of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes; Solve problems relating to perimeter, area, volume; Apply principles of analytic geometry; Apply principles of differential calculus; Interpret various representations and measures of data; and Use logical skills in making deductions and determining the validity of given assertions