COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice

The Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) brings together large groups of people, which presents potential risks for community transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). STAT is usually administered in school premises, which currently have strict restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

ACER takes the health and wellbeing of everyone we work with seriously and recognises its duty of care to support attempts to limit the spread of the virus. Because of heightened health restrictions designed to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 imposed by federal and state authorities, the venue-based sitting in November will no longer be available in Vic, NSW and ACT, where the STAT exam will be offered online by remote proctoring only. Candidates who deferred to the November test sitting will be contacted by email with details of the new arrangements. If you do not receive an email, please contact the STAT Office

We understand that candidates need to take STAT to support their 2021 tertiary applications and are still offering the online test to candidates based in Vic., NSW and ACT, where restrictions on public gatherings may still be in place. We have also extended the online test window by a week – now 16-30 November – to allow for extra demand that may result from the cancellation of the November venue-based sitting. Bookings for this test window will open on 26 October 2020.

Candidates in NT, SA or WA should contact their local Tertiary Admissions Centre for information about venue-based STAT sittings in their state or territory. Candidates in Qld can sit the test online in November 2020 only. Candidates in SA should contact SATAC to determine their eligibility to sit STAT online and to gain written permission from them to do so. Candidates based in WA are ineligible to sit STAT online.

Further information about STAT online testing:

ACER will continue to follow government advice and the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer and other authorities. If any changes are made to these advertised test sittings, updates will be posted to our website here