AST Information, Equipment Needed and Sample Papers
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.
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.
ENTIRE PAPERS FOR PRACTICE
SOME SAMPLE QUESTIONS