The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

STAT is one simple option that could help you achieve your goal of commencing a university degree sooner.

There are many alternative pathways into university; however, the STAT test is a quicker option than undertaking a foundation/pre-tertiary bridging course and may be suitable for:

  • mature-age applicants who don’t have a recent or standard Year 12 qualification
  • applicants who completed their previous studies outside Australia
  • applicants who did not gain a satisfactory ATAR
  • applicants to any course for which STAT scores are considered (check current course guides).

What is STAT?

STAT is an aptitude test that evaluates verbal and quantitative reasoning. Specific curriculum knowledge is not required.

There are two different STAT tests:

  • STAT Multiple Choice test
  • STAT Written English test

Find out more about STAT

Book a STAT test

For test bookings in ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC

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For test bookings in WA

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Frequently asked questions

Which universities accept STAT & which test(s) do I sit?
  • University course authorities set their own admission requirements. They are the only authority that can advise if they will accept STAT results and which test(s) are required (eg Multiple Choice only or Multiple Choice and Written English). You should contact the university directly to enquire whether STAT will assist your application and what test(s) you need to sit.
  • Generally STAT Written English is not required by institutions in Qld, NT or SA.
Where should I sit STAT?
  • STAT results are comparable no matter where in Australia you sit the test and results are accepted Australia-wide.
  • All candidates based in WA should sit STAT through TISC. They should not book STAT online.
  • Candidates based in all other locations should sit STAT through ACER.
Am I eligible?
  • ACER do not impose any restrictions on who can sit STAT.
  • Universities/course authorities may impose restrictions on who they will accept STAT results from. Candidates should check with the institution to which they are applying to determine if their STAT results will be accepted.
How many times can I sit STAT?
  • Candidates may only sit STAT once per test cycle, which runs from 15 April to 14 April of the following year. The current test cycle is 15 April 2023 to 14 April 2024.
Can I defer my test booking?
  • Candidates who booked through TISC should contact them directly to enquire if deferrals are available.
  • Deferrals can be requested until the close of the online test window (fees apply) within the same test cycle. For more information please refer to the Refunds and deferrals webpage.
Can I obtain a test refund?
  • Candidates who booked through TISC should contact them directly to enquire if they are eligible for refunds.
  • STAT test registrations may be cancelled and refunds requested up until close of bookings for the current online test window (fees apply). No refunds will be given for the purchase of any STAT preparation materials. For more information please refer to the Refunds and deferrals webpage.
  • Receiving a ‘Letter of Offer’ from your chosen university provider does not meet the requirements of ‘extenuating circumstances’ under the STAT Refund Policy. If you choose to cancel your STAT booking after the refund window has closed, your request will be processed as a change of mind and you will not be entitled to a refund. Please confirm the entry requirements with your provider before committing to a STAT booking.