GSB Admissions Tests – University Of Cape Town

By | September 2, 2019

GSB Admissions Tests – University Of Cape Town



All MBA and Executive MBA applicants are required to write the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), an internationally recognised test measuring verbal, quantitative and reasoning skills.
The GSB will consider applicants with an acceptable GMAT score.
The GSB offers a five-day GMAT Preparation course to familiarise students with the structure and content of the GMAT and to share a strategy and answering techniques which will develop delegates’ confidence in sitting for the test.
Applicants who have already taken the GMAT should enclose a certified copy of their score with their application pack. Generally, GMAT scores older than four years are not acceptable unless approved by the MBA director.
More information on GMAT booking procedures.

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GMAT Prep Course

Course Information


The programme primarily aims to develop a delegate’s sense of preparation to write the GMAT entrance examination with confidence. It seeks:

  • To familiarise delegates with the structure and content of the GMAT.
  • To familiarise and enable delegates to practice the computerised format of the GMAT.
  • To impart techniques for answering the different types of GMAT questions.
  • To develop delegates’ confidence in answering GMAT questions.
  • To focus on time management and GMAT examination strategies.
  • To benefit from group support and interaction provided by other GMAT delegates.

The Immersion Principle

Students on EMBA, MBA and PGDip programmes at the GSB eat, sleep, live and breathe their subject matter. This depth of involvement underpins the teaching and learning processes that characterise these programmes and contribute to the enormous value students get from their studies. Delegates on the Cape Town Preperation Course can also choose to be resident on campus for the duration of the course, with similar benefits. Contact the Breakwater Lodge directly for accommodation prices.

Course Preparation

While extensive pre-course preparation is not a prerequisite for this programme, delegates are encouraged to undertake some preliminary self-preparation of the Mathematics and Grammar material to derive maximum value from the programme. Pre-course reading material is provided once application form and full tuition fee has been received.

Application and Payment

Completed application forms may be completed online or faxed to the GSB Admissions Office. If faxed, original documents must follow by mail. Full details are required as this information forms the basis on which delegates are selected. To guarantee participation on the programme, payment should be made on receipt of notification of acceptance.
To ensure a delegate’s place on the course, full payment must be received by the GSB before the commencement of the programme.

  • Payment must be made before the programme begins.
  • Admission to the programme will be subject to payment received.
  • Cheques to be made out to “The University of Cape Town.”

Course Fee: R6 500

What To Bring and Dress Code

Delegates on the GMAT Preparation Course need to bring with them the pre-course reading material, pens, writing pads and highlighters. Calculators will not be used at all during the programme. It is advisable, but not essential, to bring your own laptop, but please remember to bring any additional plugs and adapters. The dress code for attending lectures is smart casual.

Post-course Preparation for the GMAT Test

It is recommended that delegates only attempt the actual GMAT test after a short period of post-course reflection on the GMAT Preparation course material. This will allow a delegate to reinforce and further practice the learning points of the programme for maximum effectiveness. Attempting the GMAT test immediately after the GMAT Preparation course may therefore not always be the most effective strategy.

More information

Jodie Martin
Tel: +27(0)21 406 1379
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English Language Requirements


English is used both for teaching and for examinations at UCT. All applicants must show evidence of proficiency in English and must submit evidence of this as part of their application to study at UCT.
International applicants whose home language is not English must submit, as part of their application to study, one of the following:

1. A stipulated score on the National Benchmark Tests. (NBTs)
(a) For undergraduate applicants the MINIMUM NBT AQL scores stipulated for each qualification; SEE faculty entries in this prospectus.
(b) For graduate applicants a score of at least 65% (proficient) or above on the Graduate Academic and Quantitative Literacy (G-AQL) Test, unless otherwise stipulated in the postgraduate prospectus.
NBTs are offered by UCT’s Centre for Educational Testing for Admission and Placement (CETAP) and arrangements can be made for you to take these tests anywhere in the world.
2. A recent score (obtained within 3-5 years before application for admission) of at least 570 (for the paper-based test) or at least 230 (for the computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or 88 on the Internet-based TOEFL test.
3. A recent overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0.
4. A Score on the Pearson PTE Academic test of 64.
The tests must be taken at your own expense, before sending in your application. These are the minimum levels of English proficiency you will need to be considered for admission to UCT.

Further Information

For information about the TOEFL and IELTS tests, including information on how to register and the dates when tests are held, applicants should contact:


For information about the TOEFL internet based tests (iBTs), or the TOEFL paper based tests (PBTs), (which are being phased out) go to Any queries you may have with respect to the tests may also be submitted online.

For information about IELTS, test content, location and dates go to Any queries you may have with respect to the tests may also be submitted online.

For information about PEARSON PTE ACADEMIC, test content, location and dates go to Any queries you may have with respect to the tests may also be submitted online.

It is important to take the English proficiency test of your choice as soon as possible.


National Benchmark Test


EMBA applicants are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).  This UCT-developed test provides additional insight into the candidate’s verbal and quantitative abilities.
Visit the National Benchmark Test website. Follow the steps to book and pay for your test(s) as well as further information on test venues and times.
The National Benchmark Test can only be written at the nominated venues throughout the year.
Please ensure that you book your NBT test early as places are limited at the venues.  No application will be reviewed without having received the NBT results
You must pay the testing fee as soon as you have registered and received your unique EasyPay number.
The testing fee is R85 to write the AQL. The testing fee is not refundable.

How do I pay?
All NBT fees must be paid through EasyPay. Take your NBT registration letter with you to an EasyPay Paypoint near you to pay. You may also pay on the EasyPay website and then print out your receipt. You must show both letter and receipt before being allowed to write the tests.
EasyPay Paypoints are found across South Africa at food stores including Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, and Spar, as well as many other merchant sites.