Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).
There are no lower or upper age limits on sitting the STAT, but your STAT result cannot be used for entry to an undergraduate course if you are too young to be eligible to use STAT as a pathway.
For entry to an undergraduate course starting in semester 1
You must be at least 18 years of age before 1 February in the year of entry to the course.
For entry to an undergraduate course starting in midyear or a later teaching period
You must be at least 18 years of age before 1 July in the year of entry to the course.
For entry to a TAFE SA higher education course
If you are applying for higher education course offered by TAFE SA there is no age requirement for using STAT results.
If you are applying for entry to an undergraduate course 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 current STAT year commenced on 15 April 2021 and ends on 14 April 2022.
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 undergraduate courses through SATAC. It may be required by interstate institutions.
SATAC applicants who have previously sat STAT series A, STAT series D, STAT series F or STAT series T can use the results for entry to undergraduate courses offered through SATAC. STAT series E and STAT series G will not be considered.
STAT Multiple Choice is the version accepted by SATAC's participating institutions. 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.
No, SATAC does not offer the Written English version of the STAT. Contact ACER for more information about sitting STAT Written English.
Yes, if the course you are applying for has prerequisite subject requirements you will need to meet them.
The STAT does not meet prerequisite subject requirements for undergraduate courses but may meet Mathematics prerequisite requirements for some TAFE SA higher education courses.
For courses starting in 2021, the fee for STAT Multiple Choice is $170.00 if you submit your application between 3 August and 31 October 2020 and pay your STAT fee in this time. The fee increases to $256.00 for applications submitted between 1 November 2020 and 11 March 2021, and for any applicant who pays their STAT fee after 31 October.
Your test date is not confirmed until you pay the fees owing for the STAT.
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.
Fees paid to SATAC are not refundable.
If you arrange a STAT sitting with SATAC for an interstate application you will be expected to pay at the time the sitting is booked.
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:
Phone 8207 8805 or visit the TAFE SA website.
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 STAT Practice Tests.
You will need current photo identification with an embedded 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, rulers, mobile phones and pagers are not permitted.
You must present your physical identification document as digital licences or other digital identification cards are not acceptable.
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 undergraduate selection rules.
SATAC will email 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.
You can contact SATAC to obtain a copy of your previous STAT results. Please note that you will need to provide sufficient identifying information such as your full name, date of birth, and the year and location in which you sat the test.
If you require a reprint of your STAT certificate SATAC can provide an electronic or hard copy document for STAT sittings held in South Australia and the Northern Territory from 1996 onwards. A fee of $40 applies and you should allow up to 3 business days to process your request.
SATAC is unable to supply replacement STAT certificates for tests undertaken interstate or in SA/NT prior to 1996