Write the ISAT

8 September 2014

You’ve heard of the Dental Aptitude Test, and you’ve heard of the MCAT, but what exactly is the ISAT?

Just like the MCAT or the DAT, the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) is designed to assess a student’s abilities and intellectual skills, to see whether or not the student has the capability to succeed in his or her chosen program, e.g., medicine or dentistry.

Australian Dental Schools in Australia
You can register for the ISAT up to 6 weeks in advance

The ISAT is a three-hour computer-based multiple-choice test administered through Prometric Inc. centres around the world. It is independently produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). 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.
Which programs require this test?

Test dates

There are no set test dates for ISAT sittings since they use a computer-based testing system. This offers the flexibility to allow candidates to select dates, times, and locations that suit them best. However, as of April 2, 2013, there must be a minimum of 12 calendar months between sittings of ISAT.
ISAT testing is available from March 11, 2014 – mid-February 2015. Registrations for 2014 ISAT are now open!

What is on the test?

The ISAT is presented in units. First, “stimulus material” is provided, followed by a multiple-choice answer section. After reading the stimulus material, you are asked to choose the correct answer based on what you have read. The test assesses

  • Critical Reasoning – comprehending, analyzing, evaluating and extending ideas; these questions use materials from the humanities and social sciences.
  • Quantitative Reasoning – drawing conclusions, making decisions and solving problems; these questions use material from mathematics and the sciences.

ISAT does not test subject-specific knowledge. If you visit the ACER website, you can download some practice questions!


Registration is available through online through Prometric. In order to register, you will need a valid email address, and the email address you provide will be used for all communication from the ISAT Office and Prometric, including information on how to access your ISAT results. Make sure that your email address is correct, and be sure to add isat@acer.edu.au to your address book to ensure emails from the ISAT Office are not regarded as junk email.
Bookings should be made online, up to 6 weeks in advance. Test centres are not equipped to take registration bookings or to answer questions specific to the ISAT test. They provide the facilities, technology and supervision for the test only.


After you have completed the ISAT and leave the Prometric test centre, you will be given a printed “Notice of Completion.” ISAT results are released regularly and you should expect to receive your results within one week of sitting your test. It is asked that you do not contact the ISAT office to inquire about your results until 1 week after your test sitting. Be sure to check your email spam folder!
Visit http://isat.acer.edu.au/ for more information!

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