Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

If you are applying to the University of Melbourne as an Access Melbourne non-school leaver entry category applicant , the SAT may help you to demonstrate your academic aptitude and likelihood to succeed in your chosen course.

What is the SAT?

The SAT Reasoning Test is designed to assess analysis and problem solving abilities to provide us with a measure of the critical thinking skills you’ll need in order to achieve academic success at Melbourne.

The SAT is an international examination administered by the College Board in the United States of America.

If you intend to apply to the University of Melbourne under our non-school leaver entry pathway and support your application with SAT results, you must complete the Evidence-based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics sections of the SAT. The Optional Essay section is not compulsory to support your University of Melbourne application.

Your SAT results must be no more than two years old in order to be considered for admission purposes.

The content and format of the SAT reflects accepted educational standards and practices. Detailed information about each section of the SAT is available on the College Board website.

Where and when can I complete the SAT?

SAT examinations are run by the College Board year-round.

You can complete your SAT at a number of different times and locations in Victoria and around Australia, please check the College Board website to book an examination that suits you.

How to register for the SAT

You must register for the SAT through the College Board, the University of Melbourne is not responsible for the administration of this examination.

Register for the SAT online on the College Board website and find out everything you need to know about international examination requirements.

You’ll also find official SAT study guides, practice questions and tests, as well as online courses available on the College Board website.

SAT brochures, booklets and study guides are available at Education USA in the US Consulate General, located at: US Consulate General, Level 6/553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004

What SAT score do I need to achieve?

Different undergraduate courses at the University of Melbourne require different SAT scores to demonstrate non-school leaver entry applicants’ academic aptitude and likelihood to succeed in the program.

Please see the table below to determine the minimum indicative SAT score you will need to achieve to be considered for your preferred undergraduate degree:


Indicative minimum SAT score

(for tests completed from May 2016)
(Total of Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics sections)

Bachelor of Agriculture



Bachelor of Arts



Bachelor of Biomedicine



Bachelor of Commerce



Bachelor of Design



Bachelor of Fine Arts
(all specialisations)



Bachelor of Music



Bachelor of Oral Health



Bachelor of Science



Learn more about the SAT

For more information about the SAT please visit the College Board website.