What is an Admissions Test?

Admissions Tests assess a range of competencies, and evaluate skills such as critical thinking, and understanding and analysis of information given. 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 some applicants to Deakin Law courses. 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.

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How an Admissions Test is listed in the selection criteria on CourseSearch.

The rules around STAT exams change from state-to-state, so if you’re applying to an institution outside of Victoria, you’ll need to check with that institution whether or not you need to sit the STAT.

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 14 May and a half-day Written English workshop on Sunday 15 May 2016, 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.

If you live more than two hours from a test centre, you may wish to apply for a Remote Sitting of the STAT or Remote Sitting of the 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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