The AQL combines Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy in one multiplechoice test. Each section is a total of three hours’ writing time. The second test is Mathematics (MAT) which is also multiplechoice 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 flowcharts); 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 twodimensional and threedimensional 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
