ISAT comprises 100 questions and you are given 3 hours to complete them. The test is presented as Units, each one with a piece of stimulus (text, cartoon, graph, diagram, etc.) and multiple-choice questions that directly relate to each stimulus.
Once you have registered for the test and the supervisor has seated you at the computer where your test is loaded, you will have about 15 minutes for preliminaries:
- Confirmation - check that you're sitting for ISAT
- Tutorial - run through the items (which are NOT ISAT questions) that demonstrate navigation and different kinds of questions
- Non-disclosure agreement - you must click on your agreement to agree that you will not reveal any information about this secure test.
Then your test will begin. It runs for 3 hours (180min) and there is a timer in the top right-hand screen. A warning will flash onto the screen when 10 minutes of testing time remains.
Test questions come up on the screen one at a time. A "unit" is a set of questions based on the same stimulus material. There may be up to five questions in a unit, and the stimulus material will be repeated for each question.
You answer the question by clicking the radio button beside your chosen option, and navigate using "Next" or "Back" buttons at the bottom of the screen.
After Question 100, the list of question numbers and your responses appear, and you can check and revisit any questions.
When finished, you press "Submit". A Notice of Completion will come up on the screen, and your supervisor will give you a printed copy.
If you are still working when the time expires, the test questions and the review page will stop appearing when 180 minutes is reached, and your responses will be automatically submitted.