International Student Admissions Test

Assessing foundational skills for academic success

For international students applying to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy courses at a selection of universities in Australia, Estonia and Ireland.

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ISAT is a 3-hour, online, multiple-choice assessment independently developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Test Window dates for 2024

Test window 1: 15–23 January 2024
(24–25 January for re-sits)

Test window 2: 29 April–8 May 2024
(9–10 May for re-sits)

Test window 3: 29 July–7 August 2024
(8–9 August for re-sits)

Test window 4: 28 October–6 November 2024
(7–8 November for re-sits)

There are also deadlines for scheduling your remote proctored sitting with ProctorU.

ISAT - Applicant quick reference

ISAT is a mandatory requirement for international applicants to the following courses:

ISAT is administered as a remote computer-based test through ProctorU. Test takers can sit ISAT from any suitable location that meets the technical requirements of the test.

ProctorU is a leading global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services.

About remote-proctoring 

Technical requirements for ISAT 

The registration fee for ISAT is AUD427. Payment is made to ACER at the time of registration.

Payment must be submitted online by credit card (MasterCard, Visa).

Payment, refunds and deferral 

Designed to accelerate the intake of high-ability university students

Simple and easy to implement and use

Results are available to universities quickly

Four testing cycles per year to help align with your schedule

Valid & reliable indicators of student capability

Simplified entry processes for international & online students

Specifically designed for an international school context

Assess critical and quantitative reasoning skills

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  • 3 hour computer-based test
  • 100 multiple choice questions
  • Four testing cycles per year

Critical reasoning

Involves comprehending and analysing information, understanding, applying and extending ideas, drawing appropriate conclusions, and evaluating arguments. These questions use material from the humanities and social sciences.

Quantitative reasoning

Involves analysis and application of information, drawing conclusions and making decisions, and solving problems. These questions use material from the mathematics and sciences.

Gain valuable insight into test takers’ critical and quantitative reasoning skills

ACER and ProctorU

ACER is a not-for-profit independent organisation and one of the world's leading providers of educational advice, products and services. ACER develops ISAT and provides results to test takers and participating universities.

ProctorU is a leading global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services. 

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Perfectly designed for International Students. ISAT aims to assess a test taker's 'critical' and 'quantitative' reasoning skills.

Understanding ISAT scores

ISAT is an admission test required as one component of entry applications to a selection of high-stakes university courses. ISAT is specifically designed to rank a highly competitive and intelligent population of test takers, so it is important to look at the scores received within this context.

Equity and Fairness

ISAT is developed to rigorous professional and technical standards. Test questions are designed by a team of ACER test writers who are expert in their subject areas. The content, style and duration of the test are determined to ensure the testing program is relevant, fair, valid and reliable.

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ACER brings international expertise to tertiary level

ACER is a not-for-profit educational research organisation with a mission to improve learning. ACER has an excellent international reputation and track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health related programs.