Maths Eligibility Assessment

If you'd like to study engineering or IT at Deakin, but don't think you meet the course entry requirements, the Maths Eligibility Assessment (MEA) could be an entry pathway for you. It's designed to help demonstrate that you have the skills necessary to meet the prerequisite mathematics needed for your course.

Your pathway into Deakin

If you've successfully met the English and course entry requirements for admission into relevant engineering and IT courses, but don't have evidence of meeting the prerequisite mathematics listed in the course entry requirements, you may be eligible to take the MEA.

The MEA is a 1.5 hour written test that assesses a candidate's ability to do algebra, calculus and statistics at a level equivalent to VCE Mathematical Methods.


The test is open to applicants who:


If you're eligible to take the MEA our admissions team will contact you via email explaining how to register for your preferred test date. If you're unable to attend your session please contact us within 24 hours of the assessment to change your session time (subject to availability).

We'll provide you with instructions on how to connect with our team on the day of your booking. Please make sure you bring photo ID and have your student ID number ready at the start of the test.


The MEA will cover some of the following topics including general mathematical mechanics (e.g. rearranging formulae, solving equations), indices, domain and range, differentiation (including the chain, product and quotient rules), integration, algebra (including matrices), tangents and normals, probability, periodic functions and modelling.

You can also refer to the following textbooks:

  • VCE Mathematical Methods Units 1&2
  • VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4 by Evans et al.
  • Queensland Maths B (may not cover every topic)
  • UK A Level Maths (may not cover every topic).

Exam calendar

The MEA will be conducted over Zoom (free to use) at 6pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on the following dates:

  • 29 April 2021
  • 27 May 2021
  • 24 June 2021
  • 26 August 2021
  • 23 September 2021
  • 21 October 2021
  • 25 November 2021
  • 27 January 2022
  • 24 February 2022.

Note: Please ensure you have applied for your Deakin course as early as possible as you may not be able to sit your preferred MEA exam date if the application has not been finalised. If your application has not been finalised, you may be required to sit an alternative MEA exam date.


There are two possible outcomes from sitting the MEA:

  • Satisfactory: You have met the mathematics prerequisite for your chosen course.
  • Unsatisfactory or no attempt: You have not met the mathematics prerequisite for your chosen course and will not be given permission to retake the test until the next available intake.

What's next?

Please apply for your chosen course through Deakin Application Portal.

Learn more about how to apply

Please note: Applications for Deakin programs must be made via Deakin Application Portal depending on your circumstances. For international applicants, applications can be made through Deakin International. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy please refer to The Guide.

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