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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.

Register

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

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.)

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:

Key

  • CATP – Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation.
  • TBC – to be confirmed.
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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 three 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.
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
NoNoNot satisfactoryNot satisfactory
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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.
No
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: must be 18 to use STAT on its own

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 science
  • medical laboratory science
  • medical sonography programs
  • nursing
  • occupational therapy
  • oral health
  • paramedic science programs
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry practice
  • science (chiropractic)
  • speech pathology
  • echocardiography & cardiac physiology
  • 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
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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.
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s 

Note: Not accepted for entry to:

  • B Medical Science
  • B Dental Health Science
  • all masters education programs
  • all advanced standing or graduate entry programs

Yes

Age requirement: nil

Not satisfactory for:

  • education programs
  • nursing programs
  • midwifery programs

For all other courses: yes

Age requirement: 18

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

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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
  • B Advanced 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
  • B Advanced Science.

Not satisfactory

 

Accepted for D Higher education only

Age requirement: 18

Note: not accepted for current Year 12s

Scores needed:

Overall score of 157 or better or 152 or better in verbal subscore.

 

 

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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.
NoNo

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
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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.

 

NoNoNoNot applicable (SCU courses do not have English subject prerequisites).Not satisfactory
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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.

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 OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO SATISFY ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

NoNoNo

Competency-based training: yes

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

Not satisfactory for:

  • all laws programs
  • B Advanced Business
  • B Adv Finance & Econ (Hons)
  • B Clinical Ex Physiology (Hons)
  • B Pharmacy (Hons)
  • B Dental Science (Hons)
  • B Education (Primary)
  • B Education (Secondary) dual degrees
  • 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:

  • 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 Advanced Business
  • B Advanced Finance & Economics (Hons)
  • B Clinical Exercise Physiology (Hons)
  • B Exercise & Sport Sciences (Hons)
  • B Health, Sport & Physical Education (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
  • all initial teacher education programs

All other programs: yes

Scores needed:

  • Overall score of 149 or better.

    Age requirement: 18

Note: 

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

 

 

ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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
ACCEPTED ON ITS OWNCOMBINED WITH EMP. EXPCOMBINED WITH PROF. QUALSCOMBINED WITH SENIOR EXT. EXAM SUBJECTS (MIN 2, MAX 5)COMBINED WITH COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING OR CATPTO SATISFY THE ENGLISH SUBJECT PREREQUISITETO 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
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