The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) provides an avenue of entry to university for those who don’t hold other qualifications that are acceptable for entry. It’s a test designed for non-school leavers, to assess aptitude for learning at tertiary level.
The test is recognised in all Australian states. In Western Australia, the STAT is administered by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).
The STAT is designed to assess a range of competencies considered important for success in tertiary study. It focuses on critical thinking and reasoning skills more so than knowledge. There are two sections: a two-hour multiple choice test covering a range of subjects and a one-hour written English test. Most people need to sit both.
To use the test to gain entry to university, you must be at least 20 years of age before 1 March in the year of entry to university, if applying for first semester. If applying for second semester entry, you must be at least 20 years of age before 1 August in the year of entry.
The test result is given as a score between 100 and 200, with 200 being a perfect score. This is then converted to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (TER-ATAR) score.
Some courses, particularly in the science and engineering teaching areas, do not accept the STAT as a basis for admission as they require the study of prerequisite subjects at ATAR level. They may, however, accept it as proof of English language proficiency. You should find your intended course to check whether the STAT is an accepted method of entry.
Preparing for the test
If you enrol and pay to sit STAT, you will receive a candidate information booklet containing examples of the types of questions used in these tests. You will also receive a sample question booklet if you apply to sit STAT Multiple Choice. You may also purchase from TISC an additional red-covered question booklet. You can simply familiarise yourself with the STAT by reading the information included in these booklets or you may prefer to receive additional tuition, especially if you’ve been out of the education system for a while.
A number of institutions offer STAT preparatory courses throughout the year. Visit the STAT information page at the TISC website for a list of institutions offering preparatory courses.