You can sit the STAT as a pathway to enter most undergraduate courses, or TAFE SA higher education courses.

You might consider the STAT if:

  • you are not eligible to apply with any other qualification, or
  • your previous grades would not be competitive enough to receive an offer to your preferred course

If you are eligible and competitive enough to apply with another qualification you do not need to sit the STAT.

If you are unsure whether to sit the STAT contact SATAC for advice before you book a test sitting.

If you have a question about sitting the STAT see our STAT FAQs page.

Eligibility to use STAT in South Australia and the Northern Territory

You can use a STAT score to compete for entry to most undergraduate courses offered through SATAC.

Before you book a STAT sitting check first if:

  • if you are eligible to use a STAT score
  • if your preferred course(s) offers places through this pathway

There are rules regarding using a STAT result for entry to undergraduate courses. Eligibility is based on:

  • your age, and
  • whether you have studied at higher education level, and how much study you have done

Check the selection rules for undergraduate admission pathways to learn more. 

You can also use results from the STAT to meet the course admission requirements for TAFE SA higher education courses.

TAFE SA - higher education courses (34KB PDF) 

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.

STAT sittings and availability

Details about where and when you can sit the STAT in South Australia and the Northern Territory are available on the sitting dates and venues page.

STAT fees and payments

When you make a STAT booking you will pay a fee to cover the administration and sitting costs.

Your place in a STAT sitting is not confirmed until you have paid the STAT fee.

SATAC undergraduate applicants can pay online by credit card when they apply. You can also print a tax invoice to pay at an Australia Post outlet, or post to SATAC with a cheque or money order. We also accept EFTPOS at the SATAC office. Cash payments are not accepted.

Applicants for TAFE SA higher education courses, or courses not available through SATAC, must contact SATAC to arrange STAT booking and payment.

Fees paid to SATAC are not refundable.

STAT fees vary depending on the timing of your application and payment.

If you apply and pay for a STAT sitting between 11 March 2021 and 31 October 2021 the cost of sitting is $170.

If you apply and pay for a STAT sitting between 1 November 2021 to 11 March 2022 the cost of sitting is $256.

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