Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is one way to demonstrate your competitiveness and your likelihood to succeed in a course, if you are applying to the University of Melbourne under the Non-school leaver entry pathway.

About the SAT

The SAT Reasoning Test is administered by the College Board in the USA, and is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success. The SAT assesses how well you analyse and solve problems.

If you intend to apply to the University of Melbourne with SAT results under the Non-school leaver pathway, you are required to complete the Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Mathematics sections of the SAT. The optional essay section is not compulsory. SAT test results are valid for two years and if you are applying with an SAT test taken prior to May 2016, completion of the Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections is required. It is essential that the all sections listed are taken.

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

Where and when to undertake the SAT

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

The SAT can be undertaken at a number of different times and locations in Victoria and around Australia, please check the College Board website for more details.

How to register for the SAT

You are required to register for the SAT through the College Board. Online registration via the College Board website is the simplest and fastest way to register.

The College Board website has information about where you can sit the SAT, as well as information regarding international registrations and deadlines. Official SAT practice questions, practice tests, study guides and online courses are also available via the website.

  • Education USA, US Consulate General, has free SAT brochures, booklets and study guides available for sale. They are located at: US Consulate General, Level 6/553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004

SAT results

The minimum indicative SAT scores that Non-school leaver entry pathway applicants will need to achieve in order to be considered for a place in their preferred University of Melbourne course are detailed below:


Indicative minimum SAT score
(Tests completed from May 2016)
(Total of Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics sections)













Fine Arts
(all specialisations)






Oral Health






More information about the SAT

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