The Special Tertiary Admissions Test, or STAT, is a pathway to tertiary study. It is suitable for people who do not have formal qualifications, or for those whose past results may not be competitive enough to get an offer.

The STAT is an aptitude test that assesses a range of competencies considered important for tertiary study.

STAT Multiple Choice is the version used by SATAC's partner institutions. It is a two-hour test evaluating skills associated with verbal and quantitative reasoning.

STAT Written English is not used for entry to courses offered through SATAC.

Sitting the STAT

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
  • 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 check the frequently asked questions to see if it has been answered.

Eligibility to use STAT in South Australia and the Northern Territory

Before you book a STAT sitting check first if:

There are rules about 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. A list of TAFE SA higher education courses that consider STAT can be found at the bottom of this page.

Eligibility rules may be different for interstate institutions. If you are sitting the STAT to apply for a course at an interstate university check your eligibility with the institution or with the tertiary admissions centre in that state.

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 by credit card online when they apply.

You can 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 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.

Applying for STAT
Date of application and/or payment Type of applicant Fee payable
12 March 2021 to 31 October 2021 All applicants $170.00
1 November 2021 to 11 March 2022 All applicants $256.00

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

TAFE SA higher education courses
Course code Course name
  Bachelor degrees
952350 Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management
944001 Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management
  Associate degrees
952322 Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering
952330 Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic) - University of Adelaide Pathway
952342 Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering/Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics) (Honours) - Flinders University Pathway
952343 Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering
952344 Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic) - University of Adelaide Pathway
952345 Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering/Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)(Honours) - Flinders University Pathway
905011 Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering
905012 Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering /Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic) - University of Adelaide Pathway
905013 Associate Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering (Design Drafting)/ Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) - University of Adelaide Pathway
905014 Associate Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering (Site Management)/ Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) - University of Adelaide Pathway
905015 Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Design Drafting)
905016 Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Site Management)
905018 Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Site Management)/Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)(Honours) - Flinders University Pathway
905019 Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Design Drafting)/Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)(Honours) - Flinders University Pathway
  Undergraduate certificates
905021 Undergraduate Certificate in Drafting for Building and Construction 
952351 Undergraduate Certificate in Industry 4.0 (Digital Technologies)

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Frequently asked questions

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