Special Tertiary Admissions Test

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a two-hour aptitude test that demonstrates your capability of undertaking future tertiary study. The test results help institutions decide which applicants to consider for their courses.

The test has several versions but for entry to Queensland institutions, we use the STAT Multiple Choice. This version has 70 multiple-choice questions, half verbal (like English and English comprehension) and half quantitative (like maths and science). The questions focus on your ability to process, analyse and understand information presented in different ways, like graphs, tables, diagrams, poems and cartoons.

We usually only use your STAT result if it increases your chances of getting into a course but this might not always be the case if you have already studied at a tertiary level and didn't do very well.

Important note: STAT on its own or used as described below is generally not acceptable for current Year 12s.

STAT information booklet

The STAT Candidate Information Booklet is free to download from the ACER website.

If you are unable to access the Candidate Information Booklet online call us on 1300 467 822 for information.

Register

Dates and venues

Before you book a STAT, be aware that institutions have different policies on how they use STAT. Check the table below for information about institution policies. We have STAT sittings at our office in South Brisbane and other Queensland venues throughout the year. 

Important notes:

  • Select a sitting well before the major offer round for your QTAC preferences. We can't guarantee your STAT results will be available in time if gets too close to an offer round.
  • You can only sit the test once per STAT year. The current STAT year is 15 April 2017 to 14 April 2018. 
  • If you sit for the test in different STAT years, we usually use your highest result when we assess your QTAC application but as above, this might not always be the case if you have already studied at a tertiary level and didn't do very well.

2017 STAT dates – QTAC, South Brisbane

DATE TIME
August
Wednesday, 23 August 9.00am
1.00pm
FULL
Thursday, 24 August 1.00pm
Saturday, 26 August 8.30am
12.30pm FULL
September
Thursday, 21 September   1.00pm
Wednesday, 27 September 1.00pm
Thursday, 28 September 1.00pm
October
 Saturday, 7 October 8.30am
12.30pm 
Wednesday, 25 October 1.00pm
Thursday, 26 October 1.00pm
Saturday, 28 October 8.30am
12.30pm
November
Wednesday, 22 November 9.00am
1.00pm
Thursday, 23 November 1.00pm
Saturday, 25 November 8.30am
12.30pm
December
Wednesday, 6 December 9.00am
1.00pm
Thursday, 7 December 1.00pm
Saturday, 9 December 8.30am
12.30pm

2017 STAT dates – Regional

DATE TIME LOCATION
Sunday, 5 November 9.30am Queensland University of Technology, Caboolture
Saturday, 11 November 9.30am Griffith University, Gold Coast
Saturday, 11 November 9.30am James Cook University, Cairns
Saturday, 11 November 9.30am James Cook University, Townsville
Saturday, 11 November 1.15pm University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

If you can't attend any of the dates listed here you can organise an individual STAT sitting at an agreed venue, but you have to arrange your own experienced supervisor and pay any associated costs. We need at least two weeks' notice of the exam date. Contact us for more information about booking a special STAT sitting.

Costs

If you sit the STAT 15 April 2017 to 14 April 2018 the fee is $160. From 15 April 2018 it is $165. You must pay this by credit card or debit card.

You can change the date, time or venue of your STAT after booking for a fee of $45.

You can purchase a copy of past STAT results for a fee of $65. However, if you are lodging a new QTAC application we will add your results to it so you do not need to pay this. Just tell us at the relevant question on the application when and where you sat it.

Find out about QTAC's refund policy.

Preparation

The STAT is a type of test that you can't really study for. The best way to prepare is to go through sample questions.

Find STAT sample questions on the ACER website. (If you can't access or download the online information booklet, contact us for more information.)

Results

You will receive a written statement with your results two to three weeks after you sit the test. They will also be uploaded to the national database.

Your results will be attached to your application if you are a QTAC applicant.

Important note: Because it takes two to three weeks for your results to come back, make sure you choose a STAT sitting date that allows enough time to have results available for offer rounds.

Change test date

If you have booked and paid for your STAT sitting but now wish to sit at another venue or different time, you'll need to pay a Change of STAT fee. You can change your sitting by calling QTAC on 1300 467 822 and make payment over the phone.

Important note: if you don't advise us before your sitting date that you want to change the venue/time you have to pay another STAT fee unless there are extenuating circumstances.

  • If you can't attend your STAT sitting because you're sick or involved in a car accident on the way to the test or because an immediate family member has died, we can offer you an alternative date but you must supply supporting documentation like a medical certificate, police incident report or death notice within seven business days after the date of your STAT sitting.

Alternative pathways

It's a good idea to sit the STAT if you don't have any formal academic qualifications and want to try and get into a course by using alternative pathways like employment experience. A STAT result can give you a selection rank on its own or combined with your employment experience, depending on institution policies.

Even if you have studied before, if you didn't do very well, these alternative pathways might help you get into your course. Find out more about Alternative pathways.

Combining STAT with formal qualifications

As a general guide a STAT result can combine with the following qualifications, but this depends on institution policies which includes, for some institutions, minimum age requirements.

Subject prerequisites and English language proficiency

For some institutions, you can use a STAT result to satisfy some course entry requirements like subject prerequisites and English language proficiency. 

Find out more about entry requirements.

Disability or medical condition assistance

If you need assistance to sit the STAT due to a disability or medical condition, you should tell us this when you register. You need to give us a statement outlining your needs and attach medical evidence if appropriate. The STAT co-ordinator will then contact you. We will make every effort to assist you if you let us know. If necessary we can arrange an individual sitting to accommodate your needs.

Institution policies – 2017/2018 admissions

Important notes about these tables:

Key

  • CATP – Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation.
  • TBC – to be confirmed.

Australian Catholic University

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 21

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

Yes

Age requirement: nil

Note: ACU does not accept AQF Certificate III for non-Year 12s.

Yes

Age requirement: 21

Note: 

  • not accepted for current Year 12s.
  • not accepted if STAT results are older than two years.

Scores needed:

For undergraduate teacher education courses:

  • overall score of 157 or better or 155 or better in verbal subscore.

For all other courses:

  • overall score of 155 or better or 153 or better in verbal subscore.
Not satisfactory.

Australian Maritime College

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 21

Note: not accepted for entry to engineering courses. 

Yes, if applicant is 18 or over in the year the last relevant senior result was obtained.

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Yes

Age requirement: no minimum age to sit STAT to satisfy subject prerequisites but 17 is the minimum age for entry to courses.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

Scores needed:

  • Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 – overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal subscore.
  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 – overall score of 156 or better or 152 or better in verbal subscore.
Not satisfactory.

Bond University - Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD)

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
No No Not satisfactory Not satisfactory

Christian Heritage College

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

Scores needed: 

  • Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal subscore.
  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 - overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in verbal subscore.

Education and education combined courses: not satisfactory.

All other courses: yes

Note: Not accepted if test results are older than two years.

Scores needed: 

  • Overall score of 154 or better or 154 or better in the verbal subscore.

CQUniversity Australia

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: 

  • not accepted for current Year 12s
  • not accepted if test results are older than two years

For B Business and B Professional Communication/B Professional Communication [English (4,HA)]:

  • overall score of 162 or better.

For all other courses:

  • overall score of 157 or better.

Not satisfactory for

  • medical imaging
  • medical sonography programs
  • nursing
  • occupational therapy
  • oral health
  • paramedic science programs
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry practice
  • science (chiropractic)
  • speech pathology
  • all engineering, engineering and professional practice, and engineering technology programs
  • all education programs

For all other courses: yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: not accepted if test results are older than two years

Score needed: 

  • overall score of 157 or better

Griffith College

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18
Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

Yes

Age requirement: 18 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Not applicable (Griffith College programs do not have subject prerequisites).

Not satisfactory for:

  •  D Criminology and Criminal Justice (including combined courses)
  • D Health Care (including combined courses)
  • D Health Sciences (including combined courses)

For all other programs: yes

Age requirement: 18 is the minimum age required for entry to courses

Scores needed:

  • Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 – overall score of 157 or better or 155 or better in the verbal subscore.
  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 – overall score of 152 or better or 150 or better in verbal subscore.

Griffith University

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s 

Note: Not accepted for entry to:

  • B Medical Science (MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers)
  • B Dental Health Science
  • B Biomedical Science (Honours)
  • all masters education programs
  • all law programs – undergraduate, double degrees and graduate entry

Yes

Age requirement: nil

Not satisfactory for:

  • education programs
  • nursing programs
  • midwifery programs
  • laws programs – undergraduate, double degrees and graduate entry

For all other courses: yes

Age requirement: nil

Note: not accepted for current Year 12s

Scores needed:

  • Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 - overall score of 159 or better or 157 or better in the verbal subscore.
  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 - overall score of 155 or better or 152 or better in verbal subscore.

Not satisfactory

James Cook University

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s or for entry to:

  • B Medicine/B Surgery
  • B Dental Surgery
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Veterinary Science.

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to most JCU courses.

Note: Not accepted for entry to:

  • B Medicine/B Surgery
  • B Dental Surgery
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Veterinary Science

Not satisfactory

Not satisfactory

Queensland University of Technology

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
No

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Note: 

  • Not accepted for current Year 12s.
  • QUT does not accept alternative pathways for courses with special entry requirements such as Dean's Scholars, courses that require auditions, portfolios or interviews, and graduate and prior study entry programs.
No Contact QUT admissions on (07) 3138 2000 for information.

Competency-based: yes, and must have completed Year 12 or be 17 years or older

CATP: Yes if 3, 4 or 5 subjects (or full specialisations) and Language and Learning have been successfully completed Refer to CATP for more information).

For undergraduate teacher education programs: not satisfactory

For all other programs: not applicable (all other QUT programs do not have English subject prerequisites).

Not satisfactory

SAE Creative Media Institute

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Not applicable. Entry to SAE courses is by interview. Contact SAE on (07) 3850 2000 for more information.

Age requirement: for entry to SAE courses applicants must have completed Year 12 or be 17.

Not applicable (SAE courses do not have English subject prerequisites). Not satisfactory

Southern Cross University

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: 

  • Not accepted for current Year 12s.
  • Not accepted if STAT results are older than 10 years.

No No No Not applicable (SCU courses do not have English subject prerequisites). Not satisfactory

TAFE Queensland

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: Although TAFE Qld does not have an age requirement for using STAT on its own or in combination, for entry to courses, you must have either completed Year 12 or be of Year 12 leaving age (16 for some certificate IV courses).

Note: Not accepted for courses with a folio, audition or interview as their only entry requirement.

Not applicable (TAFE Qld courses do not have English subject prerequisites).

Not satisfactory for:

  • Diploma of Nursing 
  • Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology
  • Diploma of Dental Technology
  • Associate Degree in Civil Engineering
  • all bachelor programs

For all other courses: yes

Score needed: 158 or better in the verbal subscore.

 

Note: Not accepted if STAT results are older than two years.

The University of Queensland

Important note: UQ will not accept STAT or STAT combined with these qualifications if you have undertaken the equivalent of one year of full-time bachelor or higher level study
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

No No No

Competency-based training: yes

CATP: yes, if certificate is complete. Refer to CATP for information.

Not satisfactory for:

  • all laws programs
  • B Adv Finance & Econ (Hons)
  • B Clinical Ex Physiology (Hons)
  • B Pharmacy (Hons)
  • B Dental Science (Hons)
  • B Social Work (Hons)
  • B Speech Pathology (Hons)
  • B Physiotherapy (Hons)
  • B Occupational Therapy (Hons)
  • Nursing and midwifery programs
  • B Veterinary Science (Hons)
  • MD provisional entry programs

For all other programs: yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s or current Senior students

Scores needed:

For undergraduate teacher education programs:

  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 – overall score of 152 or better or 157 or better in verbal subscore.

For all other programs:

  • Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 – overall score of 154 or better.
  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 – overall score of 149 or better.

Note: If English is not the applicant's first language then STAT result must be within two years of program commencement.

Not satisfactory for:

  • all laws programs
  • B Adv Finance & Econ (Hons)
  • B Clinical Ex Physiology (Hons)
  • B Pharmacy (Hons)
  • B Dental Science (Hons)
  • B Social Work (Hons)
  • B Speech Pathology (Hons)
  • B Physiotherapy (Hons)
  • B Occupational Therapy (Hons)
  • Nursing and midwifery programs
  • B Veterinary Science (Hons)
  • MD provisional entry programs
  • M Teaching programs

All other programs: yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: 

  • Not accepted for current Year 12s.
  • Not accepted if STAT results are older than two years.

Scores needed: 

For undergraduate teacher education programs:

  • 152 or better overall or 157 or better in the verbal subscore.

For all other programs:

  • Overall score of 149 or better.

University of New England

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 17

Note:

  • Not accepted for current Year 12s.
  • Not accepted for B Laws (3 years) (Graduate Entry).
  • Not accepted if STAT results are older than three years.

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

For undergraduate teacher education courses: contact UNE about entry requirements.

For all other courses: not applicable (UNE courses do not have an English subject prerequisite).

Not satisfactory

University of Southern Queensland

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: nil

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

Yes, if applicant is 18 or over in the year the last relevant senior result is obtained. Yes

Yes

Scores needed:

For all programs including undergraduate teacher education:

  • Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 – overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal subscore.
  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 – overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in verbal subscore.
Not satisfactory

University of the Sunshine Coast

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWN COMBINED WITH EMP. EXP COMBINED WITH PROF. QUALS COMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5) COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATP TO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITE TO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s or for graduate entry programs.

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to courses.

Yes

Note: not accepted for current Year 12s.

Scores needed:

For all programs including undergraduate teacher education:

  • Sittings prior to 22 April 2010 – overall score of 159 or better or 156 or better in the verbal subscore.
  • Sittings since 22 April 2010 – overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in verbal subscore.
Not satisfactory

Institution age requirement dates – 2017/2018 Admissions

INSTITUTION SEMESTER 3, 2017 SEMESTER 1, 2018 SEMESTER 2, 2018
Australian Catholic University Not applicable 1 January 2018 1 July 2018
Australian Maritime College Not applicable 1 January 2018 1 June 2018
Christian Heritage College Not applicable 31 January 2018 30 June 2018
CQUniversity Australia 1 November 2017 31 January 2018 1 July 2018
Griffith College 31 October 2017 1 March 2018 1 June 2018
Griffith University 1 October 2017 1 February 2018 1 June 2018
James Cook University Not applicable 1 February 2018 1 July 2018
Queensland University of Technology Not applicable 1 February 2018 1 July 2018
SAE Creative Media Institute 21 September 2017 8 February 2018 1 June 2018
Southern Cross University 1 March 2017 1 March 2018 1 March 2018
TAFE Queensland Not applicable 1 January 2018 1 July 2018
The University of Queensland Not applicable 1 February 2018 1 July 2018
University of New England 1 November 2017 1 February 2018 30 June 2018
University of the Sunshine Coast 1 November 2017 31 December 2017 30 June 2018

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