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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 Albert Weideman (  The fee is R550 per learner, including a workbook with practice tests and answers to take home. 


20 March 2018
Hoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria
26 March 2018
Hoërskool Witteberg, Bethlehem
5 May 2018
Crawford College, Pretoria

LCaT has received excellent feedback on their English and Afrikaans workshops at leading schools. Click on the LCaT website for recommendations and photos of past events.


One-on-one sessions

You can also request a one-on-one session or a workshop for a small group, in Pretoria, Cape Town 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), or others.


What is academic literacy?

Why is it important?  For a definition of academic literacy, see the ‘What is academic literacy’ page on Albert Weideman’s website.


Can I prepare for an academic literacy test?

You 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.

 Where can I find material which can assist me?

 Our workbook with practice tests and answers will help you achieve the best possible results for these tests.

Academic Literacy: Five new tests / Albert Weideman

Akademiese geletterdheid: Vyf nuwe toetse / Albert Weideman en Stef Ferreira

The above are available from Geronimo Distribution. Simply complete the order form.

To derive the full benefit, however, why not attend an 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, author of several articles and books on academic literacy. What to expect:

  • A three-hour session to prepare you for any test of academic and quantitative literacy
  • Tests and exercises to assess your language ability
  • A workbook for you to take home (in English or Afrikaans)
  • Feedback on your assessment

Cost: R550 per student.

Note: We are experts on academic and quantative literacy (AQL) testing.  For the maths component,  please contact Purple Pepper Maths.


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