What is STAT?

STAT is a series of tests designed to assess a range of competencies considered important for success in tertiary study. It assesses your ability to think critically and analyse the material given, rather than testing your knowledge of specific academic subjects.

STAT is used by many tertiary institutions in Australia as part of their admissions procedure for certain categories of applicants. It is used in addition to any other information available when assessing your application for admission. If you have no formal qualifications on which to base your application to a tertiary institution, you may be eligible to be considered for entry to a course by sitting STAT.

Sitting STAT through UAC

To sit STAT in NSW or the ACT, register through UAC. If you wish to sit STAT interstate or overseas, read interstate and overseas STAT sittings below. You cannot register with UAC.

UAC administers two STAT versions – Multiple Choice and Written English.

STAT Multiple Choice is a two-hour test with 10 minutes reading time. It consists of 70 questions – half verbal and half quantitative. Verbal questions require you to interpret and understand ideas in language. Quantitative questions require you to comprehend and apply information presented in scientific and mathematical contexts.

STAT Written English is a one-hour test with five-minutes reading time. You need to produce two pieces of writing in response to two different themes. Four prompts are given for each theme from which you must choose one. The test assesses your ability to communicate effectively in writing.

To find out whether an institution will accept STAT for the course you are considering, and which STAT versions you need to sit, refer to institutions that accept STAT or contact the admissions office at the relevant institution. UAC can't advise you on whether or not to sit STAT.

Restrictions on sitting STAT

You can sit the STAT Multiple Choice and the STAT Written English only once in the STAT testing year, which is from 15 April 2016 to 14 April 2017. For example, if you sit the STAT Multiple Choice in May 2016, you cannot sit the STAT Multiple Choice again until the next test available after 14 April 2017.

If you register to sit the STAT Multiple Choice or STAT Written English more than once in the STAT testing year (15 April 2016 to 14 April 2017), your registration will be cancelled and you will not be entitled to a refund.

STAT registration fees are not refundable under any circumstances, except as required by law, and cannot be transferred from one STAT testing year (15 April to 14 April the following year) to another.

Institutions that accept STAT

Refer to the list of institutions that accept STAT to check how long STAT results remain valid and any restrictions that may apply at each institution.

If you've sat STAT more than once, within the restrictions outlined above, contact the admissions office at the relevant institution to check which STAT result will be used in the assessment of your application.

STAT dates and venues gives you information about the availability of STAT results for UAC’s offer rounds.

If you apply through UAC for tertiary study, you must include details of all your STAT sittings in your application. If you apply directly to a NSW or ACT institution or to an interstate institution, you must advise the admissions centre or institution that you have sat STAT in NSW or the ACT.

Interstate and overseas STAT sittings

If you wish to sit STAT in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria or Western Australia, contact the admissions centre in that state for registration details. Candidates in Tasmania should contact VTAC. Candidates in the Northern Territory should contact SATAC. You cannot register with UAC.

If you wish to sit STAT overseas, visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website and register online. You cannot register with UAC.

If you apply through UAC for tertiary study you must include details of all your STAT sittings in your application.

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