Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is one way to demonstrate 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 STAT

The STAT is an aptitude test designed to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for success in tertiary study.

Please note: If you intend to apply to the University of Melbourne under the Non-school leaver entry pathway you are required to complete both sections of the STAT.

  • STAT Multiple Choice
    This test requires you to read and interpret graphical displays of information and passages of writing, to use mathematical relationships and to apply reasoning to tables of data. The test is:
    • two hours long with ten minutes reading time
    • seventy multiple choice questions.
  • STAT Written English
    This test assesses your ability to organise and express your thoughts in a logical and effective way. The test is:
    • one hour long with five minutes reading time
    • two short essays.

Where and when to undertake the STAT

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

The STAT can be sat at a number of locations in Victoria and around Australia and sessions are run throughout the year. Please refer to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website for information about test dates and venues.

How to register for the STAT

You can register for the STAT when submitting your course application via VTAC, simply by completing the STAT section of the VTAC application.

When completing this section you will need to input a code for each test you wish to take. The code is a number that represents the venue, day and time of the test, and is listed on the VTAC website (Note: you will be charged a registration fee in addition to the VTAC application processing fee). After sitting the STAT your results will be made available to the University of Melbourne via the VTAC system.

STAT results

Applicants are required to take both sections of the STAT: the Multiple Choice section and the Written English section.

The minimum indicative STAT 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:

CourseSTAT Section
Multiple Choice = MC
Written English = English
Indicative minimum STAT score
Agriculture MC 140
English 145
Arts MC 150
English 155
Biomedicine MC 150
English 155
Commerce MC 150
English 155
Design MC 150
English 155
Fine Arts (all specialisations) MC 140
English 145
Music MC 150
English 155
Oral Health MC 150
English 155
Science MC 150
English 155

More information about the STAT

For more information about the STAT visit the ACER web site.

There are STAT preparation courses available and while the University does not endorse preparation workshops, we recognise that some candidates may find these useful as a mean of allying anxiety about the test.