Special Tertiary Admissions Test

  • What is STAT?

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) has been developed by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) to assess competencies commonly considered important for success in tertiary study. Anyone who is 20 years of age before 1 March in the year in which they wish to commence studies is eligible. The STAT provides an avenue of entry to a tertiary institution for those who do not have the formal entry requirements. It is a national test for mature age people designed to assess aptitude for learning in a tertiary environment. It is not a test of your knowledge on specific academic subjects. It is available all over Western Australia. It is recognised in all Australian states.

    There are two sections:

    • STAT Multiple Choice
      An aptitude test that assesses both verbal and quantitative skills. It is a 2 hour test with 70 multiple choice questions, half of which are Humanities and Social Sciences based, and the other half are Mathematics and Science based. The purpose is to assess your ability to understand and analyse material given to you, and to think critically about issues.
    • Written English
      A one hour test in which the candidate is asked to write short essays on two different topics: Part A is a public affairs issue that invites argument, while Part B asks for a more personal point of view. Each section gives a choice of four topics. The purpose is to assess your ability to organise and express your thoughts in a logical and effective way.

    Most people are required to sit both sections. Once you book and pay to sit STAT, you will receive confirmation, of the time and location of your test as well as the Candidate Information Booklet which includes sample questions. Candidates can also access the Candidate Information Booklet online prior to booking for the test.

    Further practice questions are available in the STAT Practice Tests. These can be purchased through ACER.

  • Costs?

    The costs associated with sitting the STAT are as follows:

    One section of the test (Written English or Multiple Choice): $155.00
    Both sections of the test on the same day: $250.00
    Change of session or cancellation: $70.00
  • What can it do for me?

    Sitting the test may assist a candidate in their application for admission to a range of university and training courses. For mature-age students it can be used as an entry pathway to certain undergraduate courses. For others, to satisfy English Language competency for university admission. However, it is solely the candidate's responsibility to find out whether STAT can be used for admission to the course in which they are interested. The best way to determine this is to contact the Admissions Centre of the institution you wish to attend.

    Applicants must still apply for course(s) of their choice through TISC or any other educational body by their stipulated closing dates. This application is separate to your STAT booking.

  • Who can do it?

    STAT is used in two ways: as an entry pathway for mature-age students, and as a way to satisfy university English requirements for applicants who have not satisfied the English requirements through their Year 12 studies.

    Entry pathway - mature-age
    If you are at least 20 years of age before 1 March 2020, you can sit STAT for university entry in Semester 1, 2020. If you are applying for mid-year entry in 2019, you must be at least 20 years of age before 1 August 2019. In specific cases, universities may give written permission for under-age candidates to sit STAT.

    English Language competency - Year 12
    If you are a current Year 12 student and you don't achieve English Language Competency via your WACE exams and/or school assessment, you may be able to satisfy university English requirements by sitting STAT.

    WACE students attempting English ATAR, EALD ATAR or Literature ATAR, will be invited to sit STAT in late December/early January as a second chance to achieve English Language Competency for university entrance if their English course results do not satisfy the university requirement but they have met all other entry conditions. This invitation will be included in your Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL) which will also list your ATAR and scaled course scores. If your UAAL doesn't invite you to sit STAT at Year 12 results time and you have attempted English ATAR, EALD ATAR or Literature ATAR, you can still book to sit the December/January test to attempt to meet English Language competency if you wish.

    WACE students who are NOT attempting English ATAR, EALD ATAR or Literature ATAR may use STAT to satisfy university English requirements. You'll need written permission from an university before you can book. WACE students cannot book for STAT until after the conclusion of the WACE examinations.

    English Language competency - non-school leaver
    If you have completed year 12 last year but are not yet 20 and have attained or will attain this year an AQF Certificate IV, you can sit STAT's Written English section in an attempt to meet English Language competency for Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University. Proof of the AQF qualification (certificate or enrolment advice) should accompany the submission of the booking form.

    Note: You cannot sit STAT more than once in the same STAT year, i.e. you cannot sit twice between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020, even if you sat STAT in a different state.

  • STAT scores

    Both STAT Multiple Choice (MC) and STAT Written English (WE) are marked on a scale of 100 to 200. There are three scores for STAT Multiple Choice: one for the verbal component, one for the quantitative component and an overall mark. All are calculated independently. Most courses require you to sit both STAT MC and WE in the one STAT year.

    From 2010 ACER have changed the calculation methodology of STAT scores from that used previously. This means that STAT scores from May 2010 onwards will have a different meaning from previous years (1996-2009). The minimum STAT scores required by the universities for candidates with results prior to 2010 are different from those on the current STAT Booking form.

    Current

    • Curtin requires minimum scores of 140 Written English and 135 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 140 Written English will satisfy Curtin's English competency requirement.
    • ECU requires minimum scores of 140 Written English and 135 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 140 Written English satisfy ECU's English competency requirement.
    • Murdoch requires minimum scores of 140 Written English (including Engineering) and 135 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal) (155 for Engineering). Attainment of 140 Written English will satisfy Murdoch's English competency requirement.
    • UWA require minimum scores of 160 Written English and 140 Multiple Choice (Verbal). Attainment of 140 in both Written English and Multiple Choice (Verbal) will satisfy UWA's English competency requirement.

    Prior to 2010

    • Curtin and Murdoch Universities require minimum scores of 145 in both Written English and Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 145 Written English will satisfy Curtin and Murdoch's English competency requirement.
    • ECU requires minimum scores of 145 Written English and 115 Multiple Choice (higher of Quantitative and Verbal). Attainment of 145 Written English satisfy ECU's English competency requirement.
    • UWA require minimum scores of 155 Written English and 150 Multiple Choice (Verbal). Attainment of 145 Written English and 150 Multiple Choice (Verbal) will satisfy UWA's English competency requirement.

    Candidates with STAT results should refer to the Rank Calculator on our website in order to obtain a current STAT ranking. The scores for STAT WE and at least one component of STAT MC will need to equate to a notional Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) equal to or greater than the cut-off rank for the course/s for which you are applying to. STAT is not suitable for all courses and some courses require specific components of STAT MC (ie Verbal or Quantitative, or both).

    STAT results have a 3-year validity from the date of issue. Some universities impose their own limit on the length of time for which they consider a STAT score valid. Please check with the Admissions Centre of your intended university before re-sitting the test.
  • Special sittings of STAT

    Special needs
    Special test arrangements can be made for candidates with disabilities. Any request for special test arrangements must be made in writing to TISC providing evidence to support the request. TISC must receive these documents no later than Friday 8 November 2019.

    Click here for the Guidelines for Special Test Arrangements.

    Religious or work reasons
    Metropolitan candidates who for religious or work reasons ONLY cannot sit STAT on ANY Saturday, two dates are set for these candidates in May and in November. A supporting statement from a Minister/Employer must be provided.

    Interstate and overseas
    TISC does not organise interstate or overseas sittings. You can organise to sit the STAT in QLD and SA/NT through the relevant interstate admissions centre. Candidates in NT should contact SATAC. For ACT, NSW, VIC and Tasmania contact the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) or on (03) 9277 5758. If you want to sit the STAT overseas, also contact ACER or on (03) 9277 5758.

  • When is it held?

    Metropolitan sessions are held at Canning College from May to February each year.

    Country sessions are offered twice a year in May and November in major regional centres. There are no set venues for STAT country sessions. Candidates can nominate their two preferred test venues when completing the STAT booking form.

    Click here for 2019 session dates.

  • How to enrol?

    Enrolments can be made by completing a STAT booking form.

    To obtain a STAT booking form:

    • Download and print the STAT Booking Form, or
    • Telephone TISC (08) 9318 8000. Office Hours 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday to request a form by post.

    For each metropolitan session bookings close at 12noon on the Wednesday before the test.

    Metropolitan candidates can choose to sit the next available testing session or the one after. If no preference is indicated on the booking form you will be booked into the next available testing session. Any changes to testing session dates will incur a change of session fee.

  • Identification

    On the day of the test you will be required to provide photo-bearing identification in hard copy format, such as a current Australian driver's licence or current passport.

    The information on your identification document must match the information used on your test registration.

    If you do not possess any of the above photo-bearing identification, you must obtain a statutory declaration, accompanied by a photo which has been signed on the back by the witness to the statutory declaration. This witness should be independent of the person making the declaration. Click here for further information.

  • Breaches of test rules

    The test rules are outlined in the Candidate Information Booklet (available on booking STAT). The rules will be strictly enforced and penalties will apply to any breaches.

  • Can I get a refund?

    STAT fees may be refunded if a written application is submitted to TISC no later than 1 working day before the allocated testing session (ie 4.30pm Thursday for a Saturday test). A cancellation fee of $70.00 is charged.

    There is no refund of fees if you are unsuccessful in gaining acceptance to further study.

  • Can I change my test date?

    You may request a change of session to the next available testing date. A fee of $70.00 is payable and must be presented to TISC with a written request for a change of session no later than 1 working day before the allocated session date. This means you must advise TISC in writing by 4.30pm on the Thursday before a Saturday test. Email is not accepted but a scanned dated and signed letter or form can be emailed as an attachment to stat@tisc.edu.au.

    You cannot change sessions if you are allocated to the last session, but you can receive a refund of the STAT booking fee less $70.00 cancellation fee.

  • What if I missed my testing session?

    If you missed your allocated testing session for medical or employment reasons you may rebook for the next session or request a refund. A written request, together with a medical certificate/letter from an employer must be presented to TISC no later than 5 working days after the allocated testing session. You will also need to include a change of session fee of $70.00 if you wish to rebook for the test. If you prefer to cancel your test, do not send any money: you will receive a refund of your booking fee minus a cancellation fee of $70.00. Each case will be considered on its merits. TISC will acknowledge your request by email within 3 working days.