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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a two-hour aptitude test that assists applicants in demonstrating their potential for tertiary study and helps tertiary institutions in making their selection decisions.  Please note that between 10 and 20 minutes are required to fill out personal details on answer sheets and collect test booklets and answer sheets after the exam has finished. Therefore, you should allow a total of three hours for the sitting of the test. The test is widely accepted and used by most tertiary institutions in Queensland and many others throughout Australia.

There are a number of versions of the STAT.  For entry to Queensland tertiary institutions, QTAC administers the STAT Multiple Choice.  This version is made up of 70 multiple-choice questions, half of which are verbal and the other half quantitative. 

As the test itself is not designed to test your specific knowledge of certain subjects, you do not have to 'study' for the test.  All the information is given to you in the exam.  The questions focus on your ability to process, analyse and understand material presented in a variety of forms including graphs, prose and cartoons.

A STAT result may improve your chances of selection. You can sit the test once per STAT year. The current STAT year commences 15 April 2013 and ends 14 April 2014. If you have sat the test more than once (in different STAT years), your highest result will usually be used in assessing your QTAC application, however please note that some institutions have different policies with respect to this where there is previous failing tertiary study. You should contact the admissions office of the institution you wish to apply to for further information.

Please note that STAT results can take a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks to be received at QTAC and applicants should allow sufficient time to have results available for offer rounds when choosing their STAT sitting.

Should I sit the STAT?

The answer depends on the qualifications you already have, and which institution you wish to attend.  The following information is a general guide to who should sit the test.  

You may find that STAT improves your case for tertiary entry in the following circumstances:

Alternative Entry

It is recommended that you sit the STAT if you have no formal academic qualifications and you are applying for entry on the basis of Alternative Entry qualifications.  These qualifications include employment experience and Personal Competencies Assessment (PCA).  A STAT result can provide you with a selection rank that may be used on its own or combined with your employment experience or PCA, depending on specific institution policy.  If you have completed Year 12 or equivalent but did not achieve your desired result, you may consider applying via Alternative Entry and sitting the STAT. For more information refer to the Alternative Entry information sheet.

Professional or Postsecondary Qualifications

If you are applying for entry on the basis of professional qualifications such as professional registrations or defence force service a STAT result may be used in combination depending on specific institution policy. Refer to the Professional or Postsecondary Qualifications Information Sheet for a list of the main qualifications that QTAC can assess.

Senior External Examination

If you have completed a minimum of two Senior External examination subjects a STAT result may combine with your subject results (up to a maximum of five subjects) to increase your selection rank.  Please note that although there are no age requirements for the Senior External Examination on its own, age requirements may apply (and some institutions might not accept) a rank based on the combination of STAT and Senior External Examination subjects. For more information about this refer to the Institutional Policies on STAT table below. For more information about the Senior External Examination refer to the  Senior External Examination Information sheet.

Competency-Based Training (CBT)

A number of tertiary institutions, TAFE and registered training organisations in particular, have competency-based training (CBT), whereby students receive results of 'competent' and 'not yet competent'.  If you are undertaking a certificate, associate diploma, diploma, advanced diploma or degree course in which the assessment is competency-based, it is strongly recommended that you sit the STAT to potentially improve your selection rank.  No age requirements apply, however institution policies vary regarding the use of ranks allocated on the basis of competency-based assessment, including current internal Year 12 students.

A STAT result is only used to upgrade your selection rank if you achieve competency in all subjects undertaken.  It is not used if some subjects are 'not yet competent'. If this is the case, it is important that you repeat the subject and achieve competency as soon as possible.  If your course is a combination of graded and competency-based assessment, it still may be advantageous to sit the STAT if at least one quarter of your assessment is competency-based. For more information refer to the Upgrading via Tertiary Study - Competency-based Training information sheet.

Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

The Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (ATP) is a preparatory course conducted by TAFE Queensland institutes and some private providers.  A STAT result can be combined with the results from this certificate to improve your selection rank.  To be awarded the certificate, students must successfully complete 10 modules, the majority of which must be completed subjects and one of those must be the subject Language and Learning Skills. Subjects may comprise 2 or 3 modules of equal weighting. Some institutions will combine the STAT with a minimum of two subjects (partial completion).  No age requirement applies to combining the STAT with the Certificate IV in ATP, however there may be an age requirement in order to undertake the course.  Check with the institution offering the course.  

A STAT result may also be combined with results from other preparatory/bridging courses.  Check with the admissions office of the institution to which you intend to apply.

Subject prerequisites

The STAT may also be used to satisfy some subject prerequisites.  For example, a good STAT result may satisfy the English subject prerequisite and a good score in the quantitative subsection of the STAT may satisfy some mathematics subject prerequisites for some institutions.  However you should check with the admissions office of the institution you intend to apply to. Age requirements may apply. For more information refer to the  Satisfying the English Subject Prerequisite Information Sheet.

Generally, current Year 12s are not able to sit the STAT to satisfy subject prerequisites.

English Language Proficiency

Courses offered through QTAC are conducted in the English language and require students to have proficiency in the English language.  If your first language is not English and you have not previously undertaken either senior schooling or higher study (to a level required by the institutions) in the English language, you must demonstrate your English language proficiency.  The STAT may also be used to satisfy English Language Proficiency for some institutions. For example, a good overall STAT result or a good result in the verbal sub score may satisfy English Language Proficiency for some institutions. For more information refer to the English Language Proficiency information sheet.

Institutional Policies on STAT - 2013/2014 Admissions

If you are currently studying internal Year 12, STAT is generally not accepted as a means of entry to tertiary courses.  For further clarification it is essential that you check with the admissions office of the institution you wish attend.

 

Australian Catholic University

Australian Maritime College

Bond University

Christian Heritage College

CQUniversity

Griffith University

James Cook University

Queensland Institute of Business and Technology

Queensland University Technology

Southbank Institute of Technology

Southern Cross University

TAFE Queensland

The University of Queensland

University of New England

University of Southern Queensland

University of the Sunshine Coast

 

Australian Catholic University
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 21* but not for current Year 12s.

 

Yes - if 21*

 

Yes.

ACU does not accept AQF Certificate III for Non Year 12 applicants.

 

 

 

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 159 or better or 157 or better in the verbal sub score.

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 157 or better or 155 or better in the verbal sub score.

Applicants must be 21*.

Not satisfactory for current Year 12s.

 

Not satisfactory.

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

Australian Maritime College
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 21* (except for Engineering programs).

 

 

 

Yes.

 

 

 

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal sub score.


Sittings from 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in the verbal sub score.
No minimum age requirement.


Not satisfactory for current Year 12s.

 

Not satisfactory.

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

Bond University (B Medicine, B Surgery - undergraduate and graduate entry)
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

No.

 

Not satisfactory.

Not satisfactory.

 

 

 

 

Christian Heritage College
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - but not for current Year 12s.

 

 

 

Yes.

 

 

 

Not applicable - CHC does not have English subject prerequisites.

 

Graduate Diplomas in Education: not satisfactory.

All other courses: 154 or better overall or 154 or better in the verbal subscore.

 

Test results valid for two years.

 

 

 

 

CQUniversity
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 18* but not for current Year 12s.

 

 

 

Yes - if 18*.

 

 

 

Yes.

Overall score of 155 or better and applicant must be 18*. Results are to be no more than two years old.

Not satisfactory for current Year 12s.

Speech pathology, nursing, paramedic science, medical imaging, medical sonography programs, occupational therapy, oral health, physiotherapy, podiatry, science (chiropractic), engineering programs, engineering and professional practice, and engineering technology programs: not satisfactory.

All other courses: Overall score of 155 or better & must be 18 on or before 31 December in year of tertiary application.

Test results valid for two years.

 

 

 

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

Griffith University
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 21* but not for B Oral Health in Dental Science, B Oral Health in Dental Technology and B Oral Health in Dental Technology (Post-registration), B Medical Science (MBBS Prov Entry For School-Leavers), all Graduate Education programs and all Graduate Entry Law programs.

 

 

 

Yes.

 

 

 

Education programs: not satisfactory.

All other courses:

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal sub score.

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in the verbal sub score.

Not satisfactory for current Year 12s unless 21 by 1 January 2014.

 

Not satisfactory.

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

James Cook University
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 18* but not acceptable B Physiotherapy, B Dental Surgery, B Veterinary Science, B Medicine/B Surgery.

Not for current Year 12s.

 

 

Yes - if 18* but not acceptable B Physiotherapy, B Dental Surgery, B Veterinary Science, B Medicine/B Surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

B Physiotherapy, B Dental Surgery, B Veterinary Science, B Medicine/B Surgery or B Nursing/B Midwifery (combined degree only):not satisfactory.

All other courses:

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal sub score.

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in the verbal sub score.

Not satisfactory for current Year 12s unless 18 by 31 December 2013.

 

B Physiotherapy, B Dental Surgery, B Veterinary Science, B Medicine/B Surgery or B Pharmacy: not satisfactory.

All other courses:

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - 156 or better in the verbal subscore and must be 18*.

 

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - 152 or better in the verbal subscore and must be 18*

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

Queensland Institute of Business and Technology
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 18* but not for current Year 12s.

 

Yes - if 18*

 

Yes.

 

 

 

Not applicable - QIBT does not have English subject prerequisites.

 

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 157 or better or 156 or better in the verbal subscore.

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 154 or better or 150 or better in the verbal subscore.

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

Queensland University Technology

Alternative Entry applies to all QUT courses, except for Dean's Scholars, fine arts, music, and graduate and diploma entry programs.

STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

No.

 

 

Yes - but not for current Year 12s.

Contact QUT Admissions on

(07) 3138 2000 for information.

 

 

Competency based training: Yes


Cert IV Adult Tertiary Preparation: Yes, if 3, 4 or 5 subjects & Language and Learning Skills has been successfully completed.

 

Not applicable - QUT does not have English subject prerequisites.

 

Not satisfactory.

 

 

 

 

Southbank Institute of Technology
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not applicable - SBIT does not have English subject prerequisites.

 

Dual programs: dual programs offered with universities may require higher levels of English proficiency. Contact the Tertiary Placement & Performance Unit on (07) 3259 4586 for details.

Diploma of Dental Technology, Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing), Diploma of Paramedical Science (Anaesthesia), Associate Degree in Civil Engineering: not satisfactory.

All other courses: 155
or better in the verbal subscore.


Test results are only valid for two years.

 

 

 

 

Southern Cross University

(STAT results are only valid for ten years.)

STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 18* but not for current Year 12s.

No.

Yes - if 18*

Yes.

Not applicable- SCU does not have English subject prerequisites.

Not satisfactory.

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

TAFE Queensland
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not applicable - TAFE Queensland does not have English subject prerequisites.

 

Dual programs: dual programs offered with universities may require higher levels of English proficiency. Contact the Tertiary Placement & Performance Unit on (07) 3259 4586 for details.

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing): not satisfactory.

All other courses: 155
or better in the verbal subscore.


Test results are only valid for two years.

 

 

 

 

The University of Queensland

(UQ will NOT accept STAT or STAT combined with the following qualifications as a pathway for applicants who have undertaken the equivalent of one year of full-time bachelor or higher level study.)

STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 18* but not for current Year 12s.

 

UQ will only combine PCA with STAT for applicants who are 18* and not currently completing Year 12. This rank is capped at 90.

UQ will not combine STAT with employment experience.

No.

UQ will not combine STAT with professional qualifications.

No.

 

Competency based training: Yes.


Cert IV Adult Tertiary Preparation: Yes, if certificate is complete.#

# To be awarded 39260 Qld Cert IV in ATP students must successfully complete 10 modules, the majority of which must be completed subjects and one must be the subject Language and Learning Skills. Subjects may comprise 2 or 3 modules.

 

 

 

Laws (and all laws dual programs), pharmacy, dental science, oral health, speech pathology, physiotherapy, veterinary science, occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery and MBBS Provisional Entry programs: not satisfactory.

All other courses:

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - overall score of 154 or better if 18* and not currently completing Year 12.

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - overall score of 149 or better if 18* and not currently completing Year 12.

 

MBBS (Provisional Entry for School-Leavers), dental science, nursing & midwifery programs, occupational therapy, oral health, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech pathology, veterinary science, Master of Teaching (Primary), Graduate Diploma in Education, and all laws programs including, graduate entry and dual programs: not satisfactory.

All other undergraduate programs:  Overall score of 149 or better for applicants 18* and not currently completing a senior program.



Test results are only valid for two years
.

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

University of New England
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 17* but not for B Laws (Graduate Entry) or current Year 12s.

STAT results are only valid for three years.

 

 

Yes - if 17* but not for B Laws (Graduate Entry)

 

Yes.

 

 

 

Not applicable - UNE does not have English subject prerequisites.

Education, Law, Nursing and Pharmacy: not satisfactory.

All other courses: 151 or better overall.

 

Test results are only valid for two years.

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

 

University of Southern Queensland
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - but not for current Year 12s.

 

Yes.

 

 

 

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal sub score.

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in the verbal sub score. 

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 -156 or better in the verbal subscore.

 

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - 152 or better in the verbal subscore.

 

 

 

 

University of the Sunshine Coast
STAT accepted on its own

 

 

STAT combined with employment experience and PCA

 

 

STAT combined with professional qualifications
STAT combined with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 Senior External Examination subjects

 

 

STAT combined with competency based training or Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation      

STAT to satisfy the English subject prerequisite

 

STAT to satisfy English Language Proficiency

Yes - if 18* but not for current Year 12s.

 

Yes - if 18*

 

Yes.

 

 

 

Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 159 or better or 157 or better in the verbal sub score.

Sittings from 22 April 2010 - Overall score of 157 or better or 155 or better in the verbal sub score.

Not satisfactory for current Year 12s.

 

Not satisfactory.

 

* The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester, refer to the Institution age requirements table below.

 

Institution Age requirements - 2013/2014 Admissions

The dates by which age requirements need to be met are dependant on the entry semester. Refer to the list of dates below.

 

Institution

 

Semester 3, 2013

 

Semester 1, 2014

 

Semester 2, 2014

 

Australian Catholic University

 

n/a

 

1 January 2014

 

1 July 2014

 

Australian Maritime College

 

n/a

 

1 January 2014

 

1 June 2014

CQUniversity

 

1 November 2013

 

31 January 2014

 

1 July 2014

 

Griffith University

 

n/a

 

1 January 2014

 

1 June 2014

 

James Cook University

n/a

1 February 2014

1 July 2014

Queensland Institute of Business and Technology

 

31 October 2013

1 March 2014

1 June 2014

Southern Cross University

 

1 March 2013

 

1 March 2014

 

1 March 2014

 

The University of Queensland

 

n/a

 

1 February 2014

 

1 July 2014

 

University of New England

 

n/a

 

1 February 2014

 

30 June 2014

 

University of the Sunshine Coast

 

n/a

 

31 December 2013

 

30 June 2014

 

 

This information was correct as at 27 August 2013.

 


 

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