AST Information, Equipment Needed and Sample Papers

This blog is to help students understand the AST examination, practice sample papers and be prepared for the exams.

Equipment needed to bring to the trials and the proper AST exam.  

Preparing for the AST

Your college will arrange at least one trial of the AST Multiple Choice, Short Response Test and Writing Task to give you a realistic idea of the nature of the test and the time available in which to complete the set tasks.

The skills required for success in the AST are believed to develop slowly as a result of a variety of experiences, of which formal schooling is one important element. Your best preparation is to read widely and to think critically.

The booklet AST Student Information Bulletin, available from your college in Year 12, contains sample multiple choice questions and advice on how to choose the correct answer in each case. You should work through this booklet prior to attempting the AST. Information on the Short Response Test and some sample questions will also be available. A copy of a previous Writing Task is included.

 Sample Papers

Here are some sample papers.  Have a proper try of the exam papers before looking at the sample answer papers.

The Sample Questions are intended to give some idea of the nature of the questions which may be set in the AST. It is important to note that the Sample Questions do not represent all of the types of material that may be encountered in an AST test.
Another point worth noting is that not every question has a unique answer, but only one strong and reasonable answer is included in the four alternatives.

Following the Sample Questions are Sample Answers, where each unit is discussed in general terms and a method of obtaining the correct or best answer to each question is given. However, for many questions there is more than one way to determine the answer.


Short Response Sample Paper

Short Response Sample Paper Answers

SR Sample paper 2

SR Sample paper 2 answers

Multiple Choice Sample Paper

Multiple Choice Sample Paper Answers

Health Issues sample Written paper

Those Were The Days sample Written paper


Sample Short Response Questions

Sample Short Response Question Answers

Sample Multiple Choice Questions

Sample Multiple Choice Question Answers


8 thoughts on “AST Information, Equipment Needed and Sample Papers

  1. Simon March 17, 2008 / 9:27 pm

    Thanks Lyn, this looks great !

  2. Helen March 28, 2008 / 3:19 am

    Great effort, Lyn. Love it. Is there any chance that we can put up some additional multiple choice tasks, with answers included, to allow students further practice opportunity?

  3. Rod March 30, 2008 / 10:30 pm

    Looks good Lyn – easy to get around….. Nice Blogging.

  4. Kate P-H May 11, 2008 / 11:25 pm

    This looks all very good and many of us will highly appreciate having this sort of facility available.
    But Helen is right, could we get more multiple choice question and answers on here because we need all the practice we can get.


  5. admire March 16, 2010 / 12:22 pm

    yer thats cool we need a practice on the net ,so as to gain confidance as it is a new thing being facilitated at Canberra college.

  6. Maria September 6, 2010 / 6:48 am

    Thanks heaps for this website! So helpful to be able to get in the AST frame of mind and build confidence and hone the necessary skills for the exam.

  7. emma December 29, 2012 / 7:25 am

    sat test preparation topic
    Thanks heaps for this website.So helpful to be able to get in the AST frame of mind and build confidence and hone the necessary skills for the exam…thanks

  8. Cynthia March 28, 2014 / 12:31 am

    A great resource to help my daughter. Thank you.

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