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The Scientia Test

The Scientia Test is one path to a UNSW Sydney degree.

UNSW Global Scientia Test - Get a head start on your academic future

About the Scientia Test

The Scientia Test is your opportunity to secure a place at university sooner.

UNSW Global has developed a unique test for year 11 and 12 students to identify those who excel at STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and who show aptitude to be successful at university.

Why sit the Scientia Test?

Successful students will receive an early offer to study a UNSW Foundation Studies Program – Commerce or Science stream. This is a direct pathway into a UNSW Sydney degree.

There’s no need to wait until the end of year 12 to start your journey into tertiary study. The Scientia Test allows you to plan your future now.

Get a head start on your academic future

  • Get an early offer to a Foundation Studies Program (subject to meeting English requirements).

  • Receive an offer to a university pathway independent of your school results.

  • No extra preparation is required.

  • Finalise your schooling without pressure

  • It’s aligned to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses worldwide.

  • Plan your learning journey 12 months ahead of everyone else.

  • If you don’t achieve the required grade in your test, your test results won’t affect your future applications to UNSW Global.

About The Scientia Test

On the day of your test:

  • Upon arrival, present your acceptance email as well as a valid form of identification with photo ID.
  • Please arrive at least 30 mins before the official test start time.
  • The test is approximately 2 hours.

You’ll need to bring:

  • A scientific calculator
  • A 2B pencil
  • An eraser
  • A pencil sharpener

Students need to be studying Year 11 or Year 12 or equivalent to be eligible.


The Scientia Test is FREE to all applicants for a limited time only. 


If you are successful:

  • We will email you to notify you of your offer and you will be invited to submit an application to a Foundation Studies Program.


If you are not successful:

  • At the end of Year 12, you can still apply to UNSW Global, and your scores in this test won’t affect your application.

Ready to register?

To register, you’ll need to:

  • Choose a location and session
  • Provide your contact details and Date of Birth
  • Select your preferred degree of study
  • Include evidence of your current high school results, if available.

To find out when the Scientia Test is scheduled in your region, please check the registration page.

The Scientia Test: An example

The Scientia Test is designed to assess your ability to reason, interpret and solve problems in mathematics and science.

You will need to answer questions based on your understanding of STEM concepts.

The test is designed to challenge your ability to make logical deductions, evaluate information, solve unfamiliar problems and apply mathematical formulas.

Take the Scientia Test challenge by trying these sample questions:

Sample Question 1

UNSW Global - Scientia Test Sample Question

Sample Question 2

UNSW Global - Scientia Test Sample Question

Sample Question 3

UNSW Global - Scientia Test Sample Question
  • *Conditions

    The Scientia Test allows successful students to receive an offer to a UNSW Global Foundation Studies Program – a pathway into UNSW bachelor degrees. Offers to a UNSW Global Foundation Studies Program may be made solely based on their results from the Scientia Test, subject to achieving minimum English requirements. To be eligible for the Scientia Test, applicants must be studying Year 11 or Year 12 or equivalent and provide evidence of their current academic results. 


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