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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.

Download our brochure (PDF 12.6MB) on STAT and employment pathways.

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.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all STAT exams scheduled to be held at QTAC are suspended until further notice.

If you are in Queensland and would like to sit the STAT, please visit the ACER website to register.


If you sit the STAT between 15 April 2020 and 14 April 2021, the fee is $170. 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 $70. 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.


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.)


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 – 2019/2020 admissions

Important notes about these tables:


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

Institution age requirement dates – 2019/2020 admissions

Australian Catholic UniversityNot applicable1 January 20201 July 2020
Bond UniversityNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable
Christian Heritage CollegeNot applicable31 January 202030 June 2020
CQUniversity Australia1 November 201931 January 20201 July 2020
Griffith College25 October 20191 March 202026 June 2020
Griffith University1 October 20191 February 20201 June 2020
James Cook UniversityNot applicable1 February 20201 July 2020
Queensland University of TechnologyNot applicable1 February 20201 July 2020
SAE Creative Media Institute21 September 20199 February 20201 June 2020
Southern Cross University1 March 20191 March 20201 March 2020
TAFE QueenslandNot applicable1 January 20201 July 2020
The University of QueenslandNot applicable1 February 20201 July 2020
University of New England1 November 20191 February 202030 June 2020
University of Southern QueenslandNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable
USC1 November 201931 December 201930 June 2020
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