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.
  • 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