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STAT (formerly known as the Special Tertiary Admissions Test) is independently developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). There are two different online assessments, STAT Multiple Choice and STAT Written English. You can sit them together or separately, depending on your admission requirements.

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Important dates

Australian universities 

Registrations window: 13 - 20 August 2024

Next Test Window: 20 - 27 August 2024

STAT - Quick reference

Australian universities - please check directly with your chosen university for courses that accept STAT for entry. 

Universities outside Australia including: University College London (for Computer Sciences courses), Massey University (for Bachelor of Veterinary Science course, students should contact Massey directly to register for the test) and Hibernia College (for Bachelor of Science (BSc) in General Nursing).

For information about specific courses and admission requirements, please refer to the relevant university websites.

STAT is available to any person who is applying to study a course for which STAT is a prerequisite.

STAT is a computer-based test administered online via remote proctoring. Test takers can sit STAT from any suitable location that meets the technical requirements of the test.
The remote proctoring service is provided by ProctorU, a leading global provider of comprehensive testing & assessment services.

For more information about remote proctoring, please go to the remote proctoring webpage.

  • STAT Multiple Choice - A$240 or £124
  • STAT Written English - A$225

VISA and Mastercard credit/debit cards, American Express, China UnionPay and JCB cards are accepted for payment. Concessions or payment by instalments are not available. For refund and deferral terms and conditions please go to the refunds and deferrals webpage.

Payment is part of the online booking process and payments cannot be accepted over the phone or in person.

Assess your critical and quantitative reasoning skills with STAT Multiple Choice

  • 130 minutes computer-based test
  • Multiple choice questions

Assess your written communication skills with STAT Written English

  • 65 minutes computer-based test
  • 2 short essays

Verbal and Critical Reasoning

Designed to assess the ability to interpret and understand ideas in language.

Quantitative Reasoning

Designed to assess the ability to comprehend and apply information presented in scientific and mathematical contexts.

Written English

Designed to assess the ability to create a fluent, creative and organised piece of writing in response to a prompt.

Designed to identify capable students with the necessary skills to succeed in university studies

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Accessible online to students located anywhere in the world

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Designed to complement academic achievement

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In depth understanding of any academic discipline is not required

Gain valuable insight into test takers’ critical and quantitative reasoning skills

ACER and ProctorU

ACER is a not-for-profit independent organisation and one of the world's leading providers of educational advice, products and services. ACER develops STAT and provides results to test takers, the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) and participating universities.

ProctorU is a leading global provider of comprehensive testing & assessment services. STAT is administered online through ProctorU.

Understanding STAT Scores

STAT scores are reported as a mark on a scale ranging between 100 and 200, with a mean of 150. The scale score reflects the differing abilities of the test takers and the different degrees of difficulty of the test questions.

Equity and Fairness

STAT is developed to rigorous professional and technical standards. Test questions are designed by teams of ACER test writers who are experts in their subject areas. The content, style and duration of the test are determined to ensure that the testing program is relevant, fair, valid and reliable.

ACER: bringing international expertise to tertiary level

ACER is a not-for-profit educational research organisation with a mission to improve learning. ACER has an excellent international reputation and track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for university entry.