Rules and misconduct

The STAT test is a high stakes test; the results of the test have the potential to make a major impact on the future study plans of the candidate. For this reason, ACER has established security procedures which will be strictly enforced at all times. The giving of false or misleading information during the registration process, and any form of cheating during the test itself, are viewed as serious breaches of ethical behaviour and will attract penalties.

Any candidate found to be cheating will automatically have their STAT results cancelled and may be prohibited from registering to take STAT on a future occasion.

Candidates are expected to abide by the test rules and to follow the instructions of the test supervisors at all times. You are asked to respect the rights of test supervision staff, ACER staff, and other candidates who may be sitting the test at the same time as you.

Please be aware that if you act in a manner that is intentionally disruptive, offensive or abusive during your test session, or in your verbal or written communications with ACER or other test staff before, during or after the test, or if you engage in any acts listed unacceptable behaviour or misconduct, you will be reported and subject to the CONSEQUENCES listed below.

Examples of unacceptable behaviour include, but are not limited to:

  • emotional, psychological or physical violence or abuse
  • bullying
  • sexual harassment
  • racial and religious vilification
  • occupational violence
  • coercion, harassment and/or discrimination
  • aggressive/abusive behaviour
  • unreasonable demands and undue persistence
  • disruptive behaviour.

Behaving in an unacceptable manner will be considered an act of misconduct and subject to the CONSEQUENCES listed below.

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that they understand that the following behaviours are considered to be breaches of test rules (misconduct):

  • breach of any of the security arrangements for the test.
  • the giving of false or misleading information.
  • attempting to sit the test more than once per annual test cycle (eg 15 April 2020 – 14 April 2021).
  • attempting to gain access to test questions prior to the test.
  • attempting to take the test on behalf of another person.
  • allowing another person to attempt to take the test on your behalf.
  • attempting to remove a test book or part thereof, an answer sheet, or any notes, from the test room.
  • attempting to copy or memorise all or part of the test.
  • attempting to take a recording/image of the test materials.
  • discussing or sharing of test content during the test administration or after the test.
  • failure to follow test supervisor’s/remote proctor's instructions at all times.
  • giving or receiving assistance during the test. Communication between candidates in any form is not permitted during the test administration.
  • creating a disturbance or disruption to the test.  Disruptive behaviour in any form will not be tolerated; the chief supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behaviour.
  • talking aloud (unless it is to ask a test supervisor a question) during the test session.
  • failure to stop work and put your writing implement down immediately when instructed.
  • copying another candidate’s work.
  • using unauthorised aids or prohibited items (including notes, calculator, mobile phone, tape recorder, dictionary etc.).
  • attempting to navigate away from the test screen during an online test.
  • leaving the test room without permission.
  • using the test questions, their content or information about them for purposes other than your sitting of the test. This includes publishing the test questions or any of their content or information about them on the internet, any digital format or otherwise; and/or passing the test questions, any of their content or information about them to third parties.
  • infringement of copyright. Copyright infringement includes: performing those rights or authorising the performance of those rights which are granted at law exclusively to the copyright owner. These rights include the exclusive right to reproduce the copyright work in a material form and to communicate that work to the public.
  • in any way breaching (as determined by ACER in its absolute discretion) any of the terms and conditions of your registration to participate in the test.
  • any negligent, unlawful or wilful act or omission by you which ACER, in its absolute discretion, renders you to be unfit to participate in the test, whether or not you are registered to participate at the time of ACER’s determination.

All acts of suspected rule breaches by candidates will be reported by the test supervisors to ACER. The penalty for any of the above breaches include the cancellation of the candidate’s test, a ban from registering to sit the STAT test on a future occasion and the withholding of your test results.

It is also possible that the misconduct will be referred to one or more educational institutions.
CANDIDATES ARE PUT ON NOTICE that except as expressly provided at law, there is no right to challenge, appeal or seek review of any determination by ACER that misconduct has occurred or in relation to any consequences imposed by ACER for any misconduct.