About the test

The ACER Scholarship Tests consist of a series of academic ability tests used to select students for the award of a scholarship. Independent schools around Australia choose a testing date which best suits their school needs.

Schools can choose to take part in a cooperative program where results are shared and the applicant sits at their first preference school.  Preference order is very important as some schools will only consider students who list their school as the first preference - check the schools' websites for further details.  Alternatively, schools can choose to hold the test on a date of their choice where applicants must sit at the school on that date. 

The tests require students to demonstrate a range of skills such as the ability to interpret, infer, deduce and think critically.  They are not curriculum based and do not test the ability to retrieve learned knowledge.

Applicant results are usually made available to parents online.  For alternative date schools this will be approximately 3 weeks after the test date, or on a nominated date for the cooperative schools.