The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is one way to demonstrate your competitiveness and your likelihood to succeed in a course, if you are applying to the University of Melbourne under the Non-school leaver entry pathway.

The SAT Reasoning Test is administered by the College Board in the USA, and is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success. The SAT assesses how well you analyse and solve problems.


SAT has 3 sections

  • Critical Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

     The content and format of the SAT reflect accepted educational standards and practices:

  • The Critical Reading section emphasises reading and assesses students’ ability to draw inferences, synthesise information, distinguish between main and supporting ideas, and understand vocabulary as it is used in context
  • The Mathematics section requires students to apply mathematical concepts and to use data literacy skills in interpreting tables, charts, and graphs
  • The Writing section includes both multiple-choice questions that deal with the mechanics of writing and an example of direct writing in the form of an essay.
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