The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) has been developed by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) to assess competencies commonly considered important for success in tertiary study. Anyone who is 20 years* of age before 1 March in the year in which they wish to commence studies is eligible. The STAT provides an avenue of entry to a tertiary institution for those who do not have the formal entry requirements. It is a national test for mature age people designed to assess aptitude for learning in a tertiary environment. It is not a test of your knowledge on specific academic subjects. It is available all over Western Australia. It is recognised in all Australian states.
*An age restriction does not apply for entry to TAFE.
There are two sections:
STAT Multiple Choice
An aptitude test that assesses both verbal and quantitative skills. It is a 2 hour test with 70 multiple choice questions, half of which are Humanities and Social Sciences based, and the other half are Mathematics and Science based. The purpose is to assess your ability to understand and analyse material given to you, and to think critically about issues.
A one hour test in which the candidate is asked to write short essays on two different topics: Part A is a public affairs issue that invites argument, while Part B asks for a more personal point of view. Each section gives a choice of four topics. The purpose is to assess your ability to organise and express your thoughts in a logical and effective way.
Most people are required to sit both sections. Once you enrol and pay to sit STAT, you will receive confirmation, of the time and location of your test as well as the Candidate Information Booklet which includes sample questions. Candidates can also access the 2016 Candidate Information Booklet online prior to booking for the test.
Further practice questions are available in the STAT Practice Tests. These can be purchased through ACER.
- STAT Multiple Choice
The costs associated with sitting the STAT are as follows:
One section of the test (Written English or Multiple Choice): $145.00 Both sections of the test on the same day: $190.00 Change of session or cancellation: $55.00
Sitting the test may assist a candidate in their application for admission to a range of university and training courses. However, it is solely the candidate's responsibility to find out whether STAT can be used for admission to the course in which they are interested. The best way to determine this is to contact the admissions office of the institution you wish to attend.
Applicants must still apply for course(s) of their choice through TISC, TAFE Admissions or any other educational body by their stipulated closing dates. This application is separate to your STAT booking.
If you are applying for entry in Semester 1, 2017, you can sit STAT if you are at least 20 years* of age before 1 March 2017. If you are applying for mid-year entry in 2016, you must be at least 20 years of age before 1 August 2016. You cannot sit STAT more than once in the same STAT year, i.e. you cannot sit twice between 1 May 2016 and 30 April 2017, even if you sat STAT in a different state.
School leavers may be invited to sit the January STAT in order to meet the university competency in English requirement, refer to your Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL).
*An age restriction does not apply for entry to TAFE.
Both STAT Multiple Choice (MC) and STAT Written English (WE) are marked on a scale of 100 to 200. There are three scores for STAT Multiple Choice: one for the verbal component, one for the quantitative component and an overall mark. All are calculated independently. Most courses require you to sit both STAT MC and WE in the one STAT year.
From 2010 ACER have changed the calculation methodology of STAT scores from that used previously. This means that STAT scores from May 2010 onwards will have a different meaning from previous years (1996-2009). The minimum STAT scores required by the universities for candidates with results prior to 2010 are different from those on the current STAT Booking form.
Prior to 2010
- Curtin and Murdoch Universities require minimum scores of 145 in both Written English and Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 145 Written English will satisfy Curtin and Murdoch's English competency requirement.
- ECU requires minimum scores of 145 Written English and 115 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 145 Written English satisfy ECU's English competency requirement.
- UWA require minimum scores of 155 Written English and 150 Multiple Choice (Verbal). Attainment of 145 Written English and 150 Multiple Choice (Verbal) will satisfy UWA's English competency requirement.
- Curtin requires minimum scores of 140 Written English and 135 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 140 Written English will satisfy Curtin's English competency requirement.
- ECU requires minimum scores of 140 Written English and 110 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 140 Written English satisfy ECU's English competency requirement.
- Murdoch requires minimum scores of 140 Written English (160 for Engineering) and 135 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 140 Written English will satisfy Murdoch's English competency requirement.
- UWA require minimum scores of 160 Written English and 140 Multiple Choice (Verbal). Attainment of 140 in both Written English and Multiple Choice (Verbal) will satisfy UWA's English competency requirement.
Special test arrangements can be made for candidates with disabilities. Any request for special test arrangements must be made in writing to TISC providing evidence to support the request. TISC must receive these documents no later than Friday 4 November 2016.
Click here for the Guidelines for Special Test Arrangements.
Religious or work reasons
Metropolitan candidates who for religious or work reasons cannot sit STAT on Saturdays, two dates are set for these candidates in May and in November. A supporting statement from a Minister/Employer must be provided.
Interstate and overseas
TISC does not organise interstate or overseas sittings. You can organise to sit the STAT in QLD, SA/NT or VIC through the relevant interstate admissions centre. Candidates in Tasmania should contact VTAC. Candidates in NT should contact SATAC. For NSW/ACT contact the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) at https://stat.acer.edu.au/registration" or on (03) 9277 5958. If you want to sit the STAT overseas, also contact ACER at https://stat.acer.edu.au/registration/sitting-stat-outside-australia or on (03) 9277 5357.
Metropolitan sessions are held at Canning College from May to November each year.
Country sessions are offered twice a year in May and November. There are no set venues for STAT country sessions. Candidates can nominate their two preferred test venues when completing the STAT booking form.
Click here for 2016 session dates.
Metropolitan sessions are held at Canning College from May to November each year. Enrolments can be made from April onwards by completing a STAT booking form and submitting the form to TISC.
To obtain a STAT booking form:
- Download STAT Booking Form, or
- Telephone TISC (08) 9318 8000. Office Hours 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday
For each metropolitan session, mail, email and fax bookings close a week before the test (ie Friday 29 April for a test on Saturday 7 May). Counter bookings close at 12:00 noon on the Thursday before the test, unless the session is already full.
You are allocated to the next available session following acceptance of your application. Please do not submit your form if you are unable to sit this session as a change of session fee will apply. If you are enrolled in a STAT preparation course, please check the date your course finishes before sending your STAT booking form to TISC as the change of session fee will apply.
On the day of the test you will be required to provide photo-bearing identification such as a current Australian driver's licence or current passport. Click here for further information.
The test rules are outlined in the Candidate Information Booklet (available on booking STAT). The rules will be strictly enforced and penalties will apply to any breaches.
STAT fees may be refunded if a written application is submitted to TISC no later than 1 working day before the allocated testing session (ie 4.30pm Thursday for a Saturday test). A cancellation fee of $55.00 is charged.
There is no refund of fees if you are unsuccessful in gaining acceptance to further study.
You may request a change of session to the next available testing date. A fee of $55.00 is payable and must be presented to TISC with a written request for a change of session no later than 1 working day before the allocated session date. This means you must advise TISC in writing by 4.30pm on the Thursday before a Saturday test. Email is not accepted but a scanned dated and signed letter or form can be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com.
You cannot change sessions if you are allocated to the last session, but you can receive a refund of the STAT booking fee less $55.00 cancellation fee.
If you missed your allocated testing session for medical or employment reasons you may rebook for the next session or request a refund. A written request, together with a medical certificate/letter from an employer must be presented to TISC no later than 5 working days after the allocated testing session. You will also need to include a change of session fee of $55.00 if you wish to rebook for the test. If you prefer to cancel your test, do not send any money: you will receive a refund of your booking fee minus a cancellation fee of $55.00. Each case will be considered on its merits. TISC will acknowledge your request by post within 3 working days.
People who have not recently been involved in formal study or did not complete their education, frequently ask if there is additional support and preparation to enable them to approach STAT with confidence. A number of institutions offer STAT preparation courses throughout the year or just at peak times of demand for the STAT. The following list does not claim to cover all such courses, but just the ones that TISC is currently aware of.
The inclusion of this information is a response to frequent enquiries by candidates and does not imply in any way whatsoever support by TISC for these courses or their value as a means of preparation for the STAT.