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Academic Magic

Academic literacy workshops  •  

Did you know? Your school can request a workshop to prepare you for any academic literacy test, including the AQL (Academic and Quantitative Literacy) component of the National Benchmark Test (NBT).  Contact Stef Ferreira ( for Pretoria  and nearby, or Albert Weideman ( for the rest of the country.  The fee is R550 per learner, including a workbook with practice tests and answers to take home. Unless presented in Hermanus or Pretoria, a minimum of 20 participants is normally required.


26 May 2017
Hoërskool Witteberg, Bethlehem
13 May 2017
Crawford College, Pretoria
12 May 2017
Hoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria
18 April 2017
C&N Meisieskool Oranje, Bloemfontein
30 March 2017
Eunice High School, Bloemfontein

Click on the LCaT website to see some photos of these well attended events.


One-on-one sessions

You can also request a one-on-one session or a workshop for a small group, in Pretoria or Hermanus. Contact details are provided below.


Mr Stef Ferreira

083 274 8591
012 460 2924

Prof. Albert Weideman

082 773 3787
028 314 0144



Why do I need to prepare for university admission?

Students who are now in Grades 10 to 12 will soon face the challenges and demands of using academic language in the world of tertiary education.

Many universities require prospective students to complete academic literacy tests, such as the Academic and Quantitative Literacy component (AQL) of the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs).


Can I prepare for an academic literacy test?

Is-jy-gereedTest your competenceYou cannot study and memorise any specific subject matter.  But by doing exercises and studying the correct answers, you can of course hone your academic thinking skills. And you can get used to the format and types of questions, which are quite different from tests and exams that you are used to. So let us help you achieve the best possible results on these unusual tests.

So what is academic literacy and why is it important?

To see what it’s all about, read the introduction to a book written by some of South Africa’s foremost language testers:

Buy this book from Geronimo Distribution by completing the order form.

To derive the full benefit, however, why not attend the LCaT Academic Literacy Workshop and receive a complimentary copy?


Why the LCaT Academic Literacy Workshop?

Magic Camel’s partner, LCaT (Language Courses and Tests), offers academic literacy workshops, which are overseen by Albert Weideman, editor of  Academic Literacy: Test your competence. These workshops will test and develop your academic language ability.

The quality and efficiency of the literacy tests are indisputable. They derive from the creative designs and practical experience of a team of experts from several South African universities.

WiiFY? (what’s in it for you?)

  • A three-hour workshop to prepare you for tests of academic literacy
  • Tests and exercises to assess your language ability
  • A workbook for you to practise
  • Feedback on your assessment

Cost: R550 per student


LCaT has received excellent feedback on their English and Afrikaans workshops at leading schools. See news items below.


2016 Hoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria: Kan jy voorberei vir akademiese geletterdheidstoetse?
2016 Eunice High School, Bloemfontein: Another first for Eunice with workshop on academic literacy assessment


Note: We are experts on academic literacy testing.  For mathematics, please contact Purple Pepper Maths.

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