Ordering your Preferences

When you submit a course application through your user account, you will have the opportunity to add up to eight different courses to your preference list.

Throughout the Mid-year application period (until the closing date of Friday 5 June) you can change your preferences and add, remove or re-order them as you like.

If you do change your preferences, just remember that for any courses you add, you need to meet Selection Criteria, which can be found in the course listing on CourseSearch.

Always order your preferences in the order you want to take them.

The way that the offer system works is that if you receive an offer, it will always be the highest preference on your list that you’re eligible for, because it assumes that you have ordered your preferences in the order that you want to take the course.

For example, in the example preference list below, if this applicant really wanted to take Journalism over any other course on their preference list, they may potentially be eligible for an offer, but not be offered this course, as they have their first preference of Arts (Extended), indicating that it is the most preferred course. If they receive an offer for Arts (Extended), they will not be eligible for any further offers during the application period.

Ordering preferences

However, if they were made an offer for their second preference, they would still be considered for their higher preferences in the following offer rounds. Although further offers are not guaranteed.

Listing a number of different preferences is a good way to maximise your opportunity to receive course offers, but it’s important that you list them in order that you most want to take them.

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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Workshops

Not sure about sitting the STAT? Why not try a preparation workshop. Are you sitting the Multiple Choice or Written English STAT?

If you are a bit nervous, have not sat an exam in a while or are looking for some assistance, you may want to consider attending a STAT preparation workshop.

VTAC will be holding a full day Multiple Choice workshop and a half day Written English workshop.

The workshop convener is Dianne Read, an exceptional educator with a wealth of experience in adult education and has helped many people prepare for the STAT. At the workshop:

  Develop test-taking strategies so you walk into the STAT ready to complete 70 questions in 2 hours.
  Avoid the common traps and mistakes that unprepared applicants make.
●  Discover how to create the right psychological mindset
  Learn specific problem-solving strategies for the Quantitative and Verbal questions
  Practice and review Quantitative questions with science and maths contexts
  Practice and review Verbal questions with language and visual contexts
  Understand what the STAT is and how the test is used for admission purposes
  Pull it all together and apply what you’ve learnt in a short practice-test
  Take home a pool of questions to continue your preparation

When:
Multiple Choice STAT workshop
Saturday 16 May 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Written English STAT Workshop
Sunday 17 May 2015, 9:30am – 1:00pm
Morning tea will be provided.

Where:
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), 40 Park Street, South Melbourne, 3205

Cost:
Full-day Multiple Choice workshop: $145 (incl. GST).
Half-day Written English workshop: $75 (incl. GST)

Tests and workshops bookings are through your user account. First register for a user account and then login to book a session.

There are free practice questions available in the STAT Candidate Information Booklet, and ACER have further questions for purchase from their website.

If you haven’t yet booked your STAT or ALSET, scheduled sitting dates and times can be found on the VTAC website. There are regional and metro sittings for Mid-Year applications. See When and Where STAT and When and Where ALSET.

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Providing Supporting Documentation

Depending on your previous study claims, supporting documentation may be required to verify your qualifications and results. If you have completed studies under a previous name, you will also need to provide proof of name change.

VTAC can match previous study results from some institutions, but not all. If you need to provide additional information or hard copies, you will be prompted during the application process when you make your study claims. You can also check ‘Messages’ tab in your User Account to see if additional documentation is required for any of your study claims after your application and claims have been submitted.

Supporting documentation may also be required for Personal Statements and SEAS applications. For more information, see this blog about Impact Statements and Statements of Support we posted yesterday.

How to submit your documents

Any supporting documentation that you provide needs to be a certified copy of the original document that is clear and easy to read. Examples of how to get documents certified are on this page on the VTAC website, along with some examples of how to provide documents.

The documents need to be sent by mail to: VTAC, 40 Park Street, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205, Australia. Due to the requirement for certification, VTAC cannot accept documents submitted online or by email.

You can also bring your documents in person to the VTAC office (at the same address).

Once VTAC has processed your documentation, the study claims in your User Account for which you have supplied documentation will appear as ‘Locked and Verified’. This is how you can tell when your documentation has been received and was certified correctly.

In general, VTAC will send you a message through your User Account if there is a problem with documents you have submitted (e.g., they are not certified correctly, or do not substantiate your study claims). However, there might be other situations where VTAC is not able to contact you (e.g., if documents are lost in the mail before reaching VTAC). It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure the documentation is received, so if your study claims remain ‘unverified’ a couple of weeks after you have sent documents, you should contact VTAC. Your documents are then sent to institutions on your behalf. Once selection has been made and your documents are no longer required, they will be securely destroyed.

It’s really important that your documents reach VTAC by the deadline on your application. For more info, see key dates on the VTAC Website.

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Impact Statement and Statements of Support

When you submit a SEAS application, for most of the categories you will need to provide some sort of evidence to prove or describe your educational disadvantage.

There are two types of statements:

●  Impact statement (provided by you, the applicant)
●  Statement of support (provided by a relevant responsible person, such as a medical professional, or someone with knowledge of the situation that can support your claims)

Impact Statements

An Impact Statement should clearly detail the impact of the disadvantage on your education. The most important thing to communicate in an Impact Statement is the impact of the disadvantage.

Good Impact Statements include information on how the circumstances have had an adverse impact on:

●  your ability to study and perform assessment tasks;
●  your ability to access educational resources; and/or
●  your ability to attend school or tuition.

Good Impact Statements are succinct, honest, and explain the context, date and impact of the disadvantage.

If you do not include this information, your SEAS application may not be considered.

What not to write:

●  Long winded statements or those that read “call me for more information”
●  Blank statements or those that assume a Statement of Support is sufficient
●  Statements that refer to another part of the application, e.g. “see scholarships” or “it’s too hard to explain”
●  Orchestrated statements – be genuine

Statement of Support

A Statement of Support is evidence that supports your SEAS claim.

If you are applying for Category 4 – Disability or medical condition, you should get a Statement of Support from a treating medical practitioner who is familiar with your circumstances and can support your claims and explain how the condition has impacted on your education.

In addition, you can also get a Statement of Support for SEAS Categories 2 and 3 from a responsible person (see the VTAC website for definition of this), to support your claims and can comment on the educational impact.

Applicants should ask those supplying a Statement of Support, to:

●  Clearly outline the situation, or if Category 4, disability or medical condition
●  Include a timeline
●  Outline how you have been educationally impacted

If you need to get a statement from a medical professional, start making appointments now in order to submit your documentation by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 5 June 2015.

Any documentation you supply in hard copy should be accompanied by the correct coversheet (available in your user account). Statements of Support attached to the wrong coversheet (such as Personal Statement or Scholarships) will not be considered.

For all SEAS documentation: evidence and impact is the key.

 

For further information, check out the SEAS page on the VTAC website, or here for a demonstration SEAS application.

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What’s a Personal Statement?

If you have already submitted your course application, you may be wondering if you can supply extra information to support your previous academic study. This could include work experience, community involvement or simply explaining why you are passionate about embarking on your preferred choice of future study.

Some selection officers only require you to submit a course application and the relevant documentation associated with it; however some selection officers may want to know more about you. This is where the Personal Statement comes into play.

The Personal Statement is an online form available through your VTAC user account which gives you the opportunity to express yourself and give the selection officers a better understanding of who you are and what experience or motivation could be driving your decision.

The Personal Statement is a selection requirement for some courses – this means that it is compulsory to complete the Personal Statement in order be considered for selection in the course.

To check whether you should complete the Personal Statement, use CourseSearch to search for the courses in your preferences. The course description will say if you must submit a Personal Statement or not in the selection requirements section of the course entry.

Still unsure if you have to submit a Personal Statement? Submit one anyway, better to have it and not need it than the other way around. If it’s not required the worst that can happen is that it doesn’t get looked at.

You can only submit one VTAC Personal Statement, therefore it should address all your course preferences (that consider a Personal Statement) on the one form. You can also check the institution’s information pages for institution-specific instructions regarding completion of the VTAC Personal Statement.

You can view and edit your Personal Statement until the final VTAC Personal Statement closing date. See important dates.

To submit a VTAC Personal Statement, you must complete at least one section. Blank forms are not accepted. If you wish to provide a resume or reference letters with your personal statement, these can be provided by attaching them to a personal statement coversheet and posting to: VTAC, 40 Park St, South Melbourne VIC 3205.

The supporting documentation will then be scanned and attached to your application that is passed on to institutions

Here’s the thing: If you complete the Personal Statement and it’s not a requirement, you won’t be disadvantaged. So if you’re unsure, perhaps it may be best to write a personal statement and the institution will decide whether or not to consider it.

You can access a demonstration Personal Statement here, which takes you through all of the questions on the actual form; but don’t forget to fill in the real thing when you login to your user account.

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What is an Admissions Test?

Sitting the STAT or ALSETAdmissions Tests are used as a form of assessment to determine your competency, ability to analyse, understand and to think critically about issues. A course may use an admissions test as a basis for selection.

There are three Admissions Tests run by VTAC.

The Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET); and

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) in both Multiple Choice and Written English formats.

The ALSET is a requirement for Deakin Law courses only, however only some applicants will need to sit the ASLET. Deakin provides more information on this page on their website.

If an Admissions Test is listed as a Selection Requirement in the course entry in CourseSearch, this means that it is necessary to complete the test in order to be considered for a place in the course. Sitting a STAT may only be a requirement for some applicants (depending on previous experience and studies), there will qualifying information at the bottom of the course entry, so check carefully.

This is an example of how STAT is listed as a Selection Requirement in CourseSearch.

This is an example of how STAT is listed as a Selection Requirement in CourseSearch.

The rules around STAT exams change from state-to-state, so if you’re applying to an institution outside of Victoria, it is possible that you will need to sit a STAT. Check with the institution you’re applying to. If you have read all of the information available on the course and it’s still not clear to you whether you need to sit an Admissions Test, you will need to contact the institution directly as to whether you need to sit or not and get their response in writing. VTAC has a strict refund policy, so if you incorrectly book a test without checking first, you may not be eligible for a refund.

Preparing for a test

If you are a bit nervous, have not sat an exam in a while or are looking for some assistance, you may want to consider attending a STAT Workshop. VTAC will be holding a full-day Multiple Choice workshop on Saturday 16 May 2015 and a half-day Written English workshop on Sunday 17 May 2015, to coincide with the test sitting dates.

The workshop convenor will work through test-taking techniques and strategies, run through example questions or essay prompts, and help you familiarise yourself with the content and prepare you for the STAT.

In addition to the workshops, there are practice questions available in the STAT Candidate Information Booklet and the ALSET Candidate Information Booklet and more STAT Practice Questions are available for purchase from ACER.

STAT and ALSET dates
There are both regional and metro sittings for Mid-Year applications. See When and Where STAT and When and Where ALSET.

How to book an Admissions Test
Admissions Tests are booked through your user account. First register for a user account and then log in to book a session.

Other Admissions Tests
For information on other admissions tests, such as the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) and VETASSESS please visit their respective websites.

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Am I considered Mature Age?

Returning to study? The term “mature age” can be confusing, so we’ll do our best to make the process a little clearer.

Firstly, there’s only one course application form for everyone. You don’t need to complete a specific application based on your age.

You don’t need to declare yourself ‘mature age’ during registration or application. All you need to do is to answer the application questions accurately and it will designate your application category. See the screenshot below.

NY12/Y12

SEAS – The special consideration application: Category 1

Although not all institutions define Mature Age as a consideration for entry, by applying for Special Consideration (SEAS), specifically Category 1, you will automatically be considered for a number of factors, of which age is one.

Using the demographic information you have provided during your course application, SEAS: Category 1 automatically determines your eligibility for any special consideration under this category, including on the basis of your age.

To make sure that you qualify for the courses you’re applying to:

1.  Check the Selection Requirements of individual courses on CourseSearch to see what else you need to do to support your application.

2.  Apply for SEAS, including Category 1 through your user account.

3.  Check the criteria for SEAS from the institution you’re applying to – for example, some institutions require those applying under mature age consideration (SEAS, Category 1) to sit an Admissions Test.

4.  Check for other special consideration programs that may be available to you.

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