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.
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.
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.
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.
Important notes about these tables:
- The information is subject to change.
- Where an age requirement is listed, you must be this age by a certain date. Refer to the Institution age requirement dates table below.
- Generally not acceptable for current Year 12s.
- CATP – Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation.
- TBC – to be confirmed.
|INSTITUTION||SEMESTER 3, 2019||SEMESTER 1, 2020||SEMESTER 2, 2020|
|Australian Catholic University||Not applicable||1 January 2020||1 July 2020|
|Bond University||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Christian Heritage College||Not applicable||31 January 2020||30 June 2020|
|CQUniversity Australia||1 November 2019||31 January 2020||1 July 2020|
|Griffith College||25 October 2019||1 March 2020||26 June 2020|
|Griffith University||1 October 2019||1 February 2020||1 June 2020|
|James Cook University||Not applicable||1 February 2020||1 July 2020|
|Queensland University of Technology||Not applicable||1 February 2020||1 July 2020|
|SAE Creative Media Institute||21 September 2019||9 February 2020||1 June 2020|
|Southern Cross University||1 March 2019||1 March 2020||1 March 2020|
|TAFE Queensland||Not applicable||1 January 2020||1 July 2020|
|The University of Queensland||Not applicable||1 February 2020||1 July 2020|
|University of New England||1 November 2019||1 February 2020||30 June 2020|
|University of Southern Queensland||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|USC||1 November 2019||31 December 2019||30 June 2020|