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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

STAT has been developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for success in tertiary study.

STAT Multiple Choice, which is the version accepted by Charles Darwin University, is a two-hour test under exam conditions containing 70 multiple-choice questions, half of which are ‘verbal reasoning’ and half ‘quantitative’. The questions are designed to assess the ability to think critically and to make sense of a variety of material.

For instance, applicants may be required to read and think about a prose passage, interpret a graph, use basic mathematical relationships or make inferences from a table of data.

If you are applying for a CDU course that accepts special entry you may choose to sit the STAT or be considered on the basis of your previous STAT result.

The SATAC 'My application' instructions will tell you about how to have a previous STAT result considered, including information on how to complete the relevant item of your application.

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To be eligible to use the STAT as the basis for admission for Charles Darwin University courses, you must comply with the following criteria:

  • You must be 19 years or over before January 1, 2018 for semester 1 entry and 19 years or over before July 1, 2018 for semester 2 entry
  • You must not hold a completed higher education level award
  • If you were last enrolled in a course leading to a higher education level award in 2015, 2016 or 2017, you must not have completed more than the equivalent of one full-time year of study in that course.

When you apply through SATAC, you will be asked if you want to sit the STAT. Depending on when you apply you will be given a choice of venues and dates.

Your booking will be confirmed when you pay the fees owing for the STAT. SATAC does not conduct tests outside SA or NT but can assist you in making arrangements to do so.

If you wish to sit the STAT overseas, this must be arranged with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). ACER manages sittings in 38 centres around the world.

Further information can be found at sitting of STAT outside Australia.

Please note that the costs incurred by overseas testing are often quite high.

Summer Semester 2018Semester 1 2019

Casuarina campus
Building Red 6.1.04/05

Thursday 27 September 2018

Wednesday 28 November 2018
Wednesday 9 January 2019

Alice Springs campus
Room 15.1.12



Wednesday 28 November 2018
Wednesday 16 January 2019

If you are unable to attend any of the organised sittings listed above, contact SATAC to make alternative testing arrangements.

The STAT coordinator at SATAC will contact you by letter or phone to advise you of the test arrangements.

Note that if your application is very late and/or you are unable to sit the STAT before late December, your STAT results may not be available to SATAC in time for the January offer round.

The STAT Candidate Information Booklet  can be downloaded for free and contains sample questions and answers.

Past question papers are not available however STAT Practice Tests can be purchased from ACER.

Further information can be found and orders placed at ACER Practice Material.

The cost for a normal sitting of STAT is $140.00. 

These fees can be paid along with your application fees when you apply via SATAC.

A minimum of 10 days before your scheduled test, SATAC will send you a letter confirming your test venue, date and time, together with a candidate information bulletin and a sample question booklet.

You should read the candidate information bulletin carefully, especially the terms and conditions.

SATAC will post your results to you as soon as they are received from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Contact details

If you would like more information on the Special Tertiary Admissions Test please contact: SATAC or the Charles Darwin University Admissions Team on 08 8946 6442, or email your enquiry to or go to