Special adult entry scheme

If you have completed year 12 and your results do not meet the minimum entry requirements for the ANU, but you already feel confident about your ability to succeed at degree level study, you should consider the special adult entry scheme (SAES).

The SAES is one of our most popular pathways for mature age students who do not hold assessable qualifications.

You will be selected for entry to an ANU program on the basis of your performance in two Special Tertiary Admission Tests (STAT). You will need to complete both tests.

  1. Multiple choice test of verbal and quantitative skills.
  2. Test of written English.

The STAT will be held on several occasions during the year. The Universities Admission Centre (UAC) administers the STAT, and you must register with UAC directly.


You are eligible to apply for the SAES if you meet the following criteria.

  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • You do not meet minimum admission requirements for entry to the University
  • You will be aged 21 years or over by 1 March of next year.

You are not eligible for the SAES if you fall within the following criteria.

  • You have undertaken tertiary studies within the past two years.
  • You have unsuccessfully attempted the SAES within the preceding three years.

Step 1
Register for both STAT tests

You need to register for both STAT tests by visiting the UAC website and follow the prompts. Note that application fees apply.

The UAC website will list current venues and dates for STAT tests and release of results.

Tertiary admissions centres in other states also conduct STAT tests. UAC can provide advice on how to register for the STAT test with centres in your state.

Step 2
Apply for your degree program

After you register for the STAT tests, you need to submit a UAC undergraduate application for your preferred ANU Bachelor degree. You can list up to nine preferences.

You will have the option to declare that you will sit for the STAT test in your application form.