Selection Process

So you have submitted an Australia Awards Scholarship application.  Well done!
Here is what happens next.

Once applications have been screened and deemed eligible, they will go through a shortlisting process whereby they are assessed by independent specialists against key criteria. A list of those proceeding to the next stage of the application cycle will be presented to our Joint Steering Committee for endorsement.

Once endorsed the shortlisted applicants will be advised via email and invited to the next stage of the application process.

Remember, this is a competitive process as there are only a limited number of scholarships available. Those selected will demonstrate that they can successfully study in Australia and will return to PNG to positively contribute to its social and economic development.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in Port Moresby in late May.  The purpose of the interview is for the selection committee to understand:

  • Your personal and professional qualities
  • How you will contribute to PNG’s social and economic development when you return from your study.

You may be interviewed by yourself or with other applicants (i.e. as a group).

The Interview Panel will consist of three or more representatives from the Australian Government, Government of PNG and other individuals/organisations associated with the Australia Awards.

To best prepare for your interview, please refer to these tips or the video below.

  1. Aptitude Test

Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit an aptitude test to demonstrate their academic preparedness for study in Australia.

The aptitude test is referred to as the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT-P). It is owned by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and used by many Australian tertiary institutions in their admissions procedure.

The Aptitude test is conducted in an exam-like environment and will be timed.

The Aptitude test consists of 70 multiple-choice verbal or quantitative questions. The test booklet presents “stimulus” material, followed by questions. You will need to choose the correct or best answer for each question.

  • The verbal questions focus on interpretation and understanding of ideas in language. Some questions will ask you to identify the main idea in a passage, whilst others will focus on interpreting specific words and phrases. Some questions will ask for a paraphrase of some text and other questions will ask for inferred suggestions and deduced meanings.
  • The quantitative questions test applicants’ comprehension and application of information in scientific and mathematical contexts. The stimulus information may be presented in numeric, symbolic, spatial or graphical form. Items do not require an in-depth knowledge of mathematical formulae or principles. The focus is on your ability to interpret and apply information. Your ability to use this information for decision making and solving problems will be assessed.

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the Aptitude test. The best way to do this is to carefully review the STAT-P Applicant Information Booklet which has been developed for Australia Awards. Become familiar with what to expect on your test day and the format of the test and the answer sheet. STAT-P questions may be quite difficult, but remember that they are designed to measure a wide range of intellectual ability.

Practice Tests are also available for purchase from ACER. Please note the STAT Written English test is not applicable to AAPNG Applicants.

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test measures the language proficiency of people who want to study in an English-speaking environment.  The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

There are four components to the test.  The first three (listening, reading and writing) are completed on the same day.  The fourth component (speaking) may be completed on a separate day. The total testing time is 2hrs 45mins.  All components of the test will be organised by Australia Awards. Your test schedule will be emailed in May.

Applicants will be provided with an IELTS score a few weeks following the test.  Australia Awards recommends that for someone to study at an Australian institution they should have at least a score of 6.5, with no component less than 6.0.  If an applicant gets less than 6.0 then they won’t proceed to the next stage of the application process and will be deemed ineligible.

We encourage you to prepare for the IELTS using the freely available Practice Tests.