An Introduction

uniTEST is an aptitude test that assesses the reasoning and thinking skills that underpins the studies at higher education across the broad domains of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences.   It is developed and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

uniTEST: Funding Organization

The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, introduced a pilot program of the Student Aptitude Test for Tertiary Admission (SATTA). This program included funding for uniTEST, provided by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

uniTEST: Purpose

uniTEST has been developed to assist universities in the selection of students. The test has been developed to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that are crucial for higher studies.

uniTEST: Format

uniTEST is a 95 item, multiple-choice examination that measures the following skills in three core components (each of 30 items):
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Verbal-Plausible Reasoning
The additional 5 items are trial items.

Duration of the test: The maximum time allowed for undertaking the test is 2.5 hours.

uniTest: Special testing conditions

If you have a visual, hearing, physical or other impairment which might interfere with your ability to take the test in the standard manner, you should write a letter or email to the uniTEST Office as soon as possible after registration along with an explanatory letter from a registered health practitioner. This letter must be no more than one year old.
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