The Special Tertiary Admissions Test - Pacific (STAT P) increases university course success rates by identifying candidates with the skills necessary for teritary study.

Assessing critical thinking skills

Verbal/critical reasoning

The focus is on interpretation and understanding of ideas in language.

  • identify the main idea in a passage
  • interpret specific words and phrases
  • paraphrase what is stated
  • infer suggestions and deduce meanings

Quantitative reasoning

Test comprehension and the application of information.

  • presented in numeric, symbolic, spatial and graphical form
  • in-depth knowledge of the material not required
  • focus on the ability to interpret and apply information
  • requires decision making and problem solving
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Used since 1995 to improve selection of tertiary candidates

Based on STAT Multiple Choice, STAT P brings the tool trusted by Australian institutions to the Pacific region.

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Helping selection committees assess applications of a wide range of disciplines.

STAT P Evaluates skills such as critical thinking and understanding and analysis of given information rather than specific curriculum knowledge.

Rows of small exam desks in a school hall

Complimenting the national exam results

Verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning scores and a total score are provided and help universities quickly and easily identify applicants best able to cope with the rigorous demands of university study.

Helping people achieve their true potential

Enabling uniform comparison of applicants

For 7 years, STAT P has been a crucial component of the Australia Awards selection process for applicants in Papua New Guinea and Kiribati.

These clients realised the benefits of administering STAT P where results provide information to selection panels about applicants’ academic preparedness and level of competence for tertiary study.

STAT P enables uniform comparison of applicants ensuring equity of access and merit-based selection.

Faster and more effective applicant selection

Scores from the STAT P exam help universities to quickly and easily identify the most capable applicants and those who are best able to cope with the rigorous demands of university study.

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology and the University of Goroka use STAT P to complement national exam results in their selection process.

Discussions with ACER and the supply of the technical report, in addition to the results, strengthened my understanding and were of great value in the short-listing selection process.

Working within a unique cultural context, the test results provided a valuable tool.

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Nicole Watson
Australia Awards Manager,
Papua New Guinea

Used since 1995 to improve selection of tertiary candidates

Based on STAT Multiple Choice, STAT P brings the tool trusted by Australian institutions to the Pacific region.

Helping selection committees assess applications of a wide range of disciplines.

STAT P Evaluates skills such as critical thinking and understanding and analysis of given information rather than specific curriculum knowledge.

Used since 1995 to improve selection of tertiary candidates

Based on STAT Multiple Choice, STAT P brings the tool trusted by Australian institutions to the Pacific region.