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STAT

The STAT is a test used as an entry requirement for students without a recent ATAR into undergraduate programs in Australian universities.

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is an academic aptitude test used as an entry requirement for students without a recent ATAR into undergraduate programs in Australian universities. Some institutions require the STAT to be undertaken for all applicants of certain courses.

The test is designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), and is administered separately by the main tertiary admissions centre in each Australian state and territory. In the case of Tasmania, it is administered by the University of Tasmania.

The STAT is made up of two parts, which test critical thinking and reasoning skills rather than subject knowledge. It is designed to assess core competencies that are considered necessary for entrance into university.

There are three types of STAT in use:

  • The STAT Multiple Choice - This is the standard two-hour test used by tertiary admissions centres. It contains 70 questions - 35 humanities and social science (verbal) questions, and 35 mathematical and scientific (quantitative) questions.
  • The STAT F - This test is used by individual institutions to determine eligibility for entrance into specific courses. It is also a two-hour test and also contains 35 verbal questions and 35 quantitative questions.
  • The STAT Written English - This test is used by some tertiary admissions centres and institutions, in addition to either the STAT Multiple Choice or the STAT F. It is one hour in duration and is designed to test the candidate's ability to express themselves well in writing.

The STAT score is a mark between 100 and 200, which is then converted into an ENTER score for university admission by calculating a percentile rank in relation to the test-taking population for the previous six years.

The STAT Written English is required for international students to assess their English language skills for university admission.

Visit the ACER STAT Website

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