Sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT): What to expect on the day

Monday 14 November 2016

SATAC will hold its main STAT sitting at Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds this Sunday, 20 November. We know exams can be daunting, so here’s what to expect on the day.

The STAT is a two-hour test with 10 minutes of reading time at the start. It is a multiple-choice test with 70 questions designed to test your verbal and quantitative reasoning. The questions will assess your ability to think critically about a range of subjects and to make sense of a variety of material.

Prior to the test SATAC sent you a STAT Authority to Sit letter by email. The letter contains information about the date, time and venue of your test sitting. Print the letter and bring it to the test with you.

You should aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time to give you plenty of time to grab a seat and hear the instructions on how to fill in your answer sheet and test booklet.

You should bring with you to the test current photographic ID containing your date of birth and a signature, your Authority to Sit letter, some pencils (pens are not allowed), an eraser and bottled water. You won’t need calculators, dictionaries, rulers or highlighters - these items are not permitted during the test. If you don’t have photographic ID SATAC will advise you on the day how to provide a statutory declaration.

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the test by reading the Candidate Information Book, available for free download from the ACER website.

If you haven’t already applied or paid the fees to sit the STAT, you won’t be sitting on Sunday. The next available test date is Sunday, 11 December, 2016. Your undergraduate application will list the currently available dates and venues in the drop-down menu or see our STAT pages for more information.

The STAT forms part of the criteria for special entry to undergraduate courses. Not everyone needs to sit the STAT; you might hold other qualifications we can consider for entry to a course. Special entry gives people who don’t have the necessary qualifications or whose qualifications aren’t competitive enough, the opportunity to apply successfully for undergraduate study. For more information on how undergraduate selection works, see the fact sheets on the Undergraduate selection page.
 

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