The Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) is compulsory for most applicants applying for entry into any of Deakin University’s undergraduate law degree programs.

The ALSET is designed to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for successful tertiary study in the area of law. The purpose of the ALSET is to appraise your ability to think critically about issues and understand the material given rather than to assess areas of knowledge of curriculum. ALSET questions typically require candidates to read and think about a passage of writing, to interpret graphical displays of information, to use mathematical relationships and to reason about tables of data.

The questions are based on a wide range of law-related stimulus materials. All the information required to answer questions is contained in the stimulus material. The ALSET is two hours in duration and contains 70 multiple-choice questions.

ALSET criteria is currently under review. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the VTAC website.

Do you need to sit the ALSET?

The ALSET is compulsory for most applicants applying for entry into any of Deakin University's undergraduate law degree programs: Arts/Law, Commerce/Law, Criminology/Law, International Studies/Law, Law (cloud (online) mode), Law (campus learning), Law/Science, Property and Real Estate/Law and Management/Law.

You are exempt from sitting the ALSET if you have:

  • a Year 12 ATAR or equivalent score that is not more than 10 years old (no exceptions)
  • or successfully completed tertiary studies* within the past 10 years (no exceptions) with a minimum of 4 credit points of study (or equivalent) at another Australian institution, or within a current Deakin University course
  • Applicants admitted on the basis of tertiary studies will be considered with a minimum GPA of:
    • 70 for entry into Law at Burwood
    • 65 for entry into Law at Geelong
    • 60 for entry into Law at Warrnambool or cloud (online), previously known as off-campus

* tertiary studies must be at Bachelor level or above for exemption to apply

If applicants have not achieved the required minimum tertiary GPA or ATAR to be considered for admission then the ALSET result and GPA/ATAR will be weighted 50:50.

Whether you complete the ALSET or meet with one of the ALSET exemption criterias, please note places in Law are not guaranteed. ALSET or ATAR exempt candidates are deemed eligible to be considered for offer only.

If you are unsure whether or not you need to sit the ALSET you should email your questions regarding the ALSET to the Faculty of Business and Law campus office that you wish to apply for.

In the email please include the details of the grounds on which you believe you are eligible for an exemption.

Please Note: If you sit the ALSET overseas through ACER in 2013 you will not be able to apply for the test through VTAC.

Support Materials Available

VTAC administers the ALSET admission test on behalf of Deakin University. ACER provides all the testing materials needed for the administration of the ALSET, accompanied by detailed instructions. Candidates answer the test on special answer sheets which are optically scanned and scored by machine.

There is evidence that specific coaching for tests such as ALSET is not particularly effective in improving a candidate's score. This is partly because the tests are designed to assess reasoning and comprehension skills which develop over extended periods of time through a variety of experiences. A candidate's best preparation is to read widely and to think critically about what is read. There is also value in becoming familiar with the kinds of questions encountered on ALSET and with general test taking strategies.

A good starting point in preparing for the ALSET is to work through the practice questions available in the Sample Collection of Questions booklet which is available at the ACER website. This booklet provides the only source of practice questions available. Past papers are not released.

ALSET and selection

How much weighting is given to the ALSET for selection depends on whether you have a GPA (Grade Point Average) from prior tertiary studies.

Selection for non current year 12 (NonY12) is based on the following: ALSET (100%), or ALSET (50%) combined with a GPA (50%) or GPA from Bachelor level and postgraduate studies from courses undertaken during or after 2004.

Please Note: applicants who have a previous GPA cannot have it omitted for 100% ALSET result.

Registering for the ALSET

Visit the ALSET section of the VTAC website for further information. You will find information about:

  • What is the ALSET?
  • Do you need to sit the ALSET?
  • Registering for a test
  • Closing dates for test registration
  • Changing registration details
  • Withdrawing
  • ALSET test date
  • Special Sittings
  • Interstate or overseas sittings
  • Fees and payment procedures
  • Payment deadlines
  • Late payments
  • Refunds
  • Preparing for a test
  • Preparing for the ALSET
  • Coaching
  • Results
  • Previous STAT/ALSET results
  • Understanding your results
  • Emailing STAT/ALSET Coordinator
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