ALSET

The Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) is designed to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for successful tertiary study in the area of law.


Purpose

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, interpret graphical displays of information, and use mathematical relationships and reason when analysing tables of data.

Do you need to sit the ALSET?

For entrance into Deakin University's undergraduate law degree programs, applicants are not required to sit the ALSET if, in the last ten years, they have completed:

  • a minimum of one trimester/semester of full-time university studies (minimum Bachelor degree level), or
  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent).

Where an applicant chooses to sit the ALSET, these results will be considered along with their other results in determining the admission outcome.

Applicants are required to complete the ALSET if they:

  • have not completed any previous tertiary studies
  • have completed previous tertiary studies that are more than 10 years old
  • have a completed Year 12 qualification that is more than 10 years old.

Sat the test before?

If you have previously sat an ALSET, you may not need to re-sit the test. ALSET results achieved since May 2013 are valid in Victoria for 2017 courses.

If you are unsure whether or not you need to sit the ALSET you should enquire at buslaw@deakin.edu.au and include the details of the grounds on which you believe you are eligible for an exemption.

ALSET and selection

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

Selection for non-current year 12 (non-Year 12) is based on one of the following: 

  • ALSET (100%)
  • ALSET (50%) combined with a GPA (50%)
  • GPA from bachelor's-level and postgraduate studies from courses within the last 10 years.

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

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the VTAC website.

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 that 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 that 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.

Registering for the ALSET

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

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