Find the answers to common questions about sitting the STAT.

There are no lower or upper age limits on sitting the STAT. You cannot use a STAT result for entry to undergraduate courses 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 a higher education course offered by TAFE SA there is no age rule for using STAT results.

For entry to an undergraduate course in South Australia or the Northern Territory. If 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 support of your application.

Note: the current STAT year commenced on 15 April 2021 and ends on 14 April 2022.

There are 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. Interstate tertiary institutions may require it.

SATAC applicants who have 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 are not used.

STAT Multiple Choice is the version accepted by SATAC's participating institutions. It is a two-hour test containing 70 multiple-choice questions. Half the questions focus on verbal reasoning and half quantitative.

The questions assess the ability to think critically and to make sense of a variety of material. In the test, you might 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.

The STAT does not meet prerequisite subject requirements for undergraduate courses. If the course you are applying to has subject prerequisites you will need to meet them with another qualification. Speak to the institution offering the course for advice. 

STAT may meet Mathematics prerequisite requirements for some TAFE SA higher education courses. Ask TAFE SA for advice about your circumstances. 

For 2021 entry, 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.

You can pay by credit card online at the time of application. You can also print an invoice and pay at an Australia Post outlet or post to SATAC with a cheque or money order. SATAC also accepts EFTPOS at our office. Cash payments are not accepted.

If you arrange a STAT sitting with SATAC for an interstate application you must pay at the time you make the booking.

No, fees paid to SATAC are not refundable.

The only sources of past STAT questions are the Candidate Information Booklet and STAT Practice Tests, available from ACER. ACER does not provide past STAT papers to any of the STAT workshops.

Some candidates may find preparation workshops useful. Workshops usually focus on test-taking strategies and skills and may be helpful to candidates who have not sat a test in recent years. SATAC and ACER do not endorse STAT preparation workshops.

The following organisations offer STAT workshops in South Australia:

TAFE SA

Phone 8207 8805 or visit the TAFE SA website.

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 allowed.

You must present your physical identification document. 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.

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.

SATAC will email your results to you as soon as they are received from ACER.

SATAC will record your STAT results in your application. The results are then used according to undergraduate selection rules.

There is no formal limit on the length of time a STAT score remains valid for applications through SATAC.

If you are applying to study interstate, check with the tertiary admissions centre or institution to which you apply.

You can contact SATAC to get a copy of your previous STAT results. You will need to provide identifying information such as:

  • your full name
  • date of birth
  • the year and location in which you sat the test.

If you need 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 before to 1996.