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Table 2 NSC outcome descriptors [6]

From: Predictive validity of the National Benchmark Test and National Senior Certificate for the academic success of first-year medical students at one South African university

Higher CertificatePass the NSC with at least a rating of 2 (30–39%) for the language of learning and teaching of higher education institutions.
National DiplomaPass the NSC with an achievement rating of 3 (40–49%) or better in four subjects. At least a rating of 2 (30–39%) for the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution.
Bachelor DegreePass the NSC with an achievement rating of 4 (50–59%) or better in four subjects from the designated list. At least a rating of 2 (30–39%) for the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution.