Equity and fairness

STAT has been developed to assist universities in ranking applicants in a way that is valid and fair.

ACER tests are developed to rigorous professional and technical standards. Test questions are designed and developed by teams of ACER writers, expert in their subject areas and in test construction. All test questions in development are carefully scrutinised in an ongoing attempt to minimise gender, ethnic or religious bias, and to ensure the test is culturally fair.

After the test, candidate response data are analysed to ensure individual questions and the test as a whole have performed as expected. ACER undertakes ongoing research to monitor the characteristics and quality of its tests. This research includes investigations of equity and validity.

Appropriate and secure test conditions are ensured by ACER’s standardised test administration guidelines and procedures, to which all test centres and supervisors must adhere. ACER controls all quality aspects of the test, its administration and reporting.