Wednesday 23 October 2019

There are many pathways into a university course, and sitting an admissions test is one option that thousands of future students use each year to gain an offer to study.

Perhaps the best known of these tests is the Special Tertiary Admissions Test, or STAT.

The STAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and each year SATAC holds sittings of the test in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

It’s a two-hour, multiple-choice aptitude test containing 70 questions designed to evaluate your verbal and quantitative reasoning skills. The questions will assess your ability to think critically about a range of subjects and to make sense of a variety of material.

Most of the undergraduate courses you can apply for through SATAC consider STAT results as a pathway to study, so if you have a low or no ATAR the STAT might be an option for you.

There are some rules about who is eligible to use a STAT result, and these are explained in more detail on our admissions pathways page.

To apply to sit the STAT you can choose a sitting in your SATAC undergraduate application. If you have already applied you can login to your existing application and add a sitting, or if you are applying for a university course interstate (but you live in SA or NT) get in touch with us to arrange to sit the test without a SATAC application.

The main STAT sitting is held in Adelaide in November, and the deadline to apply and pay for a place in this test is Thursday October 31.

Find out more about the STAT

Find out more about undergraduate admissions pathways

Find out more about key dates for undergraduate applications

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