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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.


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


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.)

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.

  • Professional qualifications and defence and emergency services – such as being a member of a professional association or professional service (like the defence force).
  • Queensland Senior External Subject Examination – a minimum of two and a maximum of five subjects.
  • Competency-based training – such as certificate, associate diploma, diploma, advanced diploma or degree courses offered by institutions like TAFE and registered training organisations.
  • Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (CATP) – a preparatory/bridging course run by TAFE Queensland and some private providers. For CATP to combine with STAT you must do a minimum of two full specialisations. (A STAT result might also combine with other preparatory/bridging courses but you need to check this with the institution you want to get into.)

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

Important notes about these tables:


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