Frequently asked questions STAT

Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

There are no lower or upper age limits on sitting the STAT, but your STAT result cannot be used for entry to an undergraduate course if you are too young to be considered as a special entry applicant.

For entry to an undergraduate course in semester 1

If you are applying for courses at Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, CQUniversity Australia, Tabor College of Higher Education and Torrens University Australia you must be at least 18 years of age before 1 February in the year of entry to the course.

For Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory the minimum age for special entry applicants is 19 years before 1 January in the year of entry.

For entry to an undergraduate course in semester 2

If you are applying for courses at Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, CQUniversity Australia, Tabor College of Higher Education and Torrens University Australia you must be at least 18 years of age before 1 July in the year of entry to the course.

For Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory the minimum age for special entry applicants is 19 years before 1 July in the year of entry.

For entry to a TAFE SA higher education course

If you are applying for higher education course offered by TAFE SA there is no age requirement for sitting the STAT.

If you are applying for entry to an undergraduate course in South Australia or the Northern Territory and 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 the assessment of your application.

Note: the STAT year commences on 15 April in the current year i.e. the 2017 STAT year commences on 15 April 2017 and ends on 14 April 2018.

There are a number of 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 offered through SATAC but is used by some interstate institutions.

SATAC applicants who have previously 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 will not be considered.

STAT Multiple Choice is the version accepted by the three universities in South Australia, by Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory, and by Tabor College of Higher Education, CQUniversity Australia and Torrens University. It is a two hour test containing 70 multiple-choice questions, half of which are verbal reasoning and half quantitative. The questions are designed to assess the ability to think critically and to make sense of a variety of material. For instance, applicants may be required to read and think about a prose passage, interpret a graph, use basic mathematical relationships or make inferences from a table of data.

STAT Written English is a one hour test. Candidates write two essays, one argumentative and one personal, to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in writing. STAT Written English is not used for entry to undergraduate courses through SATAC but may be required by interstate institutions. SATAC can arrange a sitting of STAT Written English for you if you reside in South Australia or the Northern Territory.

Yes, if the course you are applying for has prerequisite subject requirements you will need to meet them. The STAT does not meet prerequisite subject requirements.

For courses starting in 2018, the fee for the STAT Multiple Choice is $140.00 but an additional fee of $80.00 is payable for late sittings of the test and for individual sittings held in remote locations.

The fee for the STAT Written English is $140.00 but an additional fee of $80.00 is payable for individual sittings of the test. You will require an individual sitting if your application is late or you are unable to attend a scheduled test sitting in Adelaide.

Your test date is not confirmed until you pay the fees owing for the STAT.

Payment can be made by credit card online at the time of application. Alternatively, you can print an invoice which can be paid at an Australia Post outlet or posted to SATAC with a cheque or money order. You can also pay by EFTPOS at the SATAC office. Cash payments are not accepted. 

Fees paid to SATAC are not refundable.

If you arrange a STAT sitting with SATAC for an interstate application you will be expected to pay at the time the sitting is booked. 

STAT sittings in SA and the NT are organised by SATAC on behalf of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

A Candidate Information Booklet can be downloaded for free from the ACER website. The Sample Collection of Questions is available for purchase from the ACER website.

STAT preparation workshops

SATAC and ACER do not endorse STAT preparation workshops, but recognise that some candidates may find them useful as a means of allaying anxiety about the test. Workshops usually focus on test taking strategies and skills and may be helpful to candidates who have not sat a test in recent years.

The following organisations offer STAT workshops in South Australia:

University of South Australia  
Future Student Enquiries  
Phone (08) 8302 2376 or contact www.unisa.edu.au/enquiry. For more information visit the website www.unisa.edu.au/stat

TAFE SA   
Phone 1800 882 661 or email info@tafesa.edu.au

WEA (Workers’ Educational Association)   
Phone (08) 8223 1979

ACER does not provide past STAT papers to any of the STAT workshops. The only sources of past STAT questions are the Candidate Information Booklet and Sample Collection of Questions.

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 permitted.

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. Rather, 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.

Your STAT results will be recorded on your SATAC application and used according to undergraduate selection rules. 

SATAC will email your results to you as soon as they are received from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). 

There is no formal limit on the length of time a STAT score remains valid for applications through SATAC. Some interstate tertiary institutions may impose their own limits, so you should check with the tertiary admissions centre or institution to which you apply.

You can contact SATAC to obtain the results of a previous STAT sitting. Please note that you will need to provide sufficient identifying information such as your full name, date of birth, and the year and location in which you sat the test.

If you require a reprint of your STAT certificate SATAC can provide an electronic or hardcopy 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 10 business days to process your request.

SATAC is unable to supply replacement STAT certificates for tests undertaken interstate or in SA/NT prior to 1996.