Wednesday 14 November 2018

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is an admission pathway to undergraduate courses for prospective students who don’t have the necessary qualifications to gain entry to their chosen course.

Most undergraduate courses consider the STAT as a pathway.

SATAC is holding its main STAT sitting at Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds this Sunday 18 November.

If you have booked to sit the test this Sunday, here’s what to expect on the day.  

The STAT is a two-hour test (plus reading time) consisting of 70 multiple-choice questions. The questions are designed to test your verbal and quantitative reasoning and assess your ability to think critically about a range of subjects and material.  

When you apply and pay for a STAT sitting, SATAC sends you a STAT ‘Authority to sit’ letter by email. The letter contains information about the date, time and venue of your test sitting, as well as a candidate ID number that you will need on the day. If possible, you should print the letter and bring it to the test with you.  

It’s a good idea to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the test, to allow time to take a seat and complete some administrative tasks. SATAC will read out instructions on how to fill in your answer sheet and test booklet before the test begins, and it’s important that you hear them.  

The items you should bring with you to the test are:

  • current photo ID that shows your date of birth and a signature
  • your STAT ‘Authority to Sit’ letter
  • some pencils (pens are not allowed), an eraser
  • bottled water

Calculators, dictionaries, rulers or highlighter pens cannot be used during the test.

If you don’t have photo ID, you will be required to provide a statutory declaration. You can find a link to a statutory declaration form inside your ‘Authority to Sit’ letter, which you can print and complete prior to the test. Bring the statutory declaration with you on the day.

Before you sit the test you should read through the Candidate Information Book, which you can download for free from the ACER website. The booklet also contains some sample questions which are helpful in getting familiar with the style of the test.

If you haven’t already applied to sit the STAT, or if you have applied but have not yet paid the fees owing, then you won’t be sitting on Sunday.

The next test date in Adelaide is Sunday 9 December 2018. If you have applied for an undergraduate course through SATAC you will find the available sittings in the STAT dropdown menu in your application.