ACT Scaling Test
Scaling Test (AST) is a test designed by the Australian Council for Education
Research (ACER) to facilitate the comparison of T Course scores both within and
across colleges. The test measures skills necessary for success at
university. The ACT BSSS brochure
What's the AST?
also provides useful information.
Who sits the AST?
All students who are enrolled in Year 12 and who wish to gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank must complete all parts of the AST.
Any student enrolled in a T package in Year 12 who is unsure of what they will do after Year 12 should also sit the AST.
up the AST?
The AST comprises of three papers:
Multiple Choice Test (2 hours and fifteen minutes)
There will be 80 questions grouped into units, each based on a piece of stimulus material. The material is drawn from the humanities, social sciences, sciences and mathematics areas and is accessible to all senior secondary students.
Short Response Test (1 hour and 45 minutes)
There will be 19 - 25 questions testing thinking and reasoning. You will be asked for interpretations, explanations and justification of responses or points of view.
Writing Task (2 hours and 30 minutes)
You will be given stimulus material on a particular topic and are then expected to write a clear argumentative essay of 600 words.
result will be awarded only if you make a serious attempt at all three
components of the test.
the AST held?
The AST is held on the first Tuesday/Wednesday of September each year.
If you would like to look at sample questions for the ACT Scaling Test, you can get them here.