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?
comprises of three papers:
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
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.
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