STAT

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a two hour multiple-choice test of aptitude for study at university. There are several versions of the STAT, one of which is STAT Multiple Choice. Results from STAT Multiple Choice can be used to compete for entry to most university undergraduate courses in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Results can also be used for entry to some TAFE SA courses.

The sittings listed below can be selected in the online university undergraduate application. Results from these sittings will be available for entry to courses offered for summer semester 2014.

Location Date Time
SATAC office, 104 Frome Street, Adelaide Tuesday 19 August 10.00am
SATAC office, 104 Frome Street, Adelaide Tuesday 19 August 2.00pm
SATAC office, 104 Frome Street, Adelaide Friday 3 October 10.00am
SATAC office, 104 Frome Street, Adelaide Friday 3 October 2.00pm
Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus, Darwin Friday 3 October 8.45am
Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs campus Friday 3 October 8.45am

To sit the STAT:

1. If you intend to submit a SATAC application for a university undergraduate course starting in 2014, you will apply for the STAT at the same time as you complete your SATAC application. Follow the instructions on the screen as you apply.

2. If you have already submitted a SATAC application for a university undergraduate course starting in 2014, and you now wish to apply for a STAT sitting, you should contact SATAC for assistance.

3.  If you want to sit the STAT because you intend to apply for a TAFE SA degree course in 2014, or for a university undergraduate course outside South Australia and the Northern Territory, you should contact SATAC for assistance.

Frequently asked questions

Results from the STAT Multiple Choice can be used to compete for entry to most university undergraduate courses in South Australia and Northern Territory. To find out if you are eligible to use results from the STAT for entry to your preferred course/s, read the fact sheets and check if:

  • your preferred courses have a Special Entry subquota; and
  • you are eligible for consideration in the Special Entry subquota.  

Charles Darwin University - courses open to special entry (108kb PDF)

Flinders University - courses open to special entry (175bk PDF)

The University of Adelaide - courses open to special entry (135kb PDF)

University of South Australia - courses open to special entry (137kb PDF)

Understanding how selection works (undergraduate) (500kb PDF)

Results from the STAT can also be used to meet the Course Admission Requirements and contribute to your selection score for entry to TAFE SA bachelor degrees.

If you are applying for courses outside South Australia and the Northern Territory you should check your eligibility to use the STAT with the institution providing the course, or with the tertiary admissions centre in that state.

There are no lower or upper age limits on sitting STAT, but your STAT result cannot be used for entry to university if you are too young to be considered as a Special Entry applicant.

For entry to university in semester 1: If you are applying for university courses in South Australia you must be at least 18 years of age before 1 February in the year of entry to university. For Charles Darwin University the minimum age for Special Entry applicants is 19 years before 1 January in the year of entry to university.

For entry to university in semester 2: If you are applying for university courses in South Australia you must be at least 18 years of age before 1 July in the year of entry to university. For Charles Darwin University the minimum age for Special Entry applicants is 19 years before 1 July in the year of entry to university.

If you are applying for a TAFE SA bachelor degree there is no age requirement for sitting the STAT.

If you are applying for entry to university in South Australia or the Northern Territory and you sit the STAT more than once in a STAT year (see note below), only the results from your first attempt in that year will be used in the assessment of your application.

Note: the STAT year commences on 15 April in the current year ie the 2013 STAT year commences on 15 April 2013 and ends on 14 April 2014.

There are a number of different versions of the STAT. Candidates applying for courses through SATAC will sit the STAT Multiple Choice paper. STAT Written English is not used for entry to university or TAFE SA courses through SATAC but is used by some interstate institutions.

SATAC applicants who have previously sat STAT series A, STAT series D or STAT series F can use the results for entry to undergraduate university courses and TAFE SA courses offered through SATAC. STAT series E, STAT series G and STAT series T will not be considered.

STAT Multiple Choice is the version accepted by the three universities in South Australia, by Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory, and by TAFE SA. It is a two hour test containing 70 multiple-choice questions, half of which are verbal reasoning and half quantitative. The questions are designed to assess the ability to think critically and to make sense of a variety of material. For instance, applicants may be required to read and think about a prose passage, interpret a graph, use basic mathematical relationships or make inferences from a table of data.

STAT Written English is a one hour test. Candidates write two essays, one argumentative and one personal, to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in writing. STAT Written English is not used for entry to university or TAFE SA courses through SATAC but may be required by interstate institutions. SATAC can arrange a sitting of STAT Written English for you if you reside in South Australia or the Northern Territory.

The fee for the STAT Multiple Choice is $101.00 but an additional fee of $65.00 is payable for late sittings of the test and for individual sittings held in remote locations.

The fee for the STAT Written English is $65.00 but an additional fee of $65.00 is payable for individual sittings of the test. You will require an individual sitting if your application is late or you are unable to attend a scheduled test sitting in Adelaide.

Payment can be made by credit card online at the time of application. Alternatively, you can print an invoice which can be paid at an Australia Post outlet or posted to SATAC with a cheque or money order. You can also pay by EFTPOS at the SATAC office. Cash payments are not accepted.

If you arrange a STAT sitting with SATAC for a TAFE application or interstate university application you will be expected to pay at the time the sitting is booked. 

STAT sittings in SA and the NT are organised by SATAC on behalf of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

A Candidate Information Booklet can be downloaded for free from the ACER website. The Sample Collection of Questions is available for purchase from the ACER website.

SATAC and ACER do not endorse STAT preparation workshops, but recognise that some candidates may find them useful as a means of allaying anxiety about the test. Workshops usually focus on test taking strategies and skills and may be helpful to candidates who have not sat a test in recent years.

The following organisations offer STAT workshops in South Australia:

University of South Australia
Phone (08) 8302 2376 or 1300 UNINOW or email study@unisa.edu.au

TAFE SA
Phone (08) 8207 3150

WEA (Workers’ Educational Association)
Phone (08) 8223 1979.

ACER does not provide past STAT papers to any of the STAT workshops. The only sources of past STAT questions are the Candidate Information Booklet and Sample Collection of Questions. 

You will need current photo identification with signature and date of birth (such as a driver’s licence or passport), your STAT Authority to Sit letter, 2 pencils (B, HB or 2B), a pencil sharpener and an eraser.

Calculators, highlighters, dictionaries, mobile phones, pagers and rulers are not permitted.

STAT scores are reported on an approximate range of 100 to 200, with a mean of 150. Scores are not represented as a percentage and there is no pass or fail score for STAT. Rather, the STAT score scale reflects the differing abilities of candidates and the different degrees of difficulty of the test items. STAT scores are intended to provide a relative estimate of a candidate's ability compared to other potential or past applicants.

Your STAT results will be recorded on your SATAC application and used according to university or TAFE SA selection rules. 

SATAC will post your results to you as soon as they are received from the Australian Council for Educational research (ACER). 

There is no formal limit on the length of time a STAT score remains valid for applications through SATAC. Some interstate tertiary institutions may impose their own limits, so you should check with the tertiary admissions centre or institution to which you apply.