The duration of the LAT is two hours including 10 minutes of reading and planning time per writing task. For more information about the test, please see the Structure and Content page.
The exact test venue details will be released approximately 2 weeks prior to the test date and will be stated on your Admission Ticket. This is for test security purposes.
You must report to the test centre at the time stated on your Admission Ticket; it is not necessary to arrive before that time. The test itself will start as soon as all pre-testing procedures are completed. If you report to the centre after all candidates have been admitted to the testing room you may not be admitted.
No latecomers will be admitted once the test has started. When making transport arrangements you should allow at least four hours from the arrival time stated on your Admission Ticket to the end of the test, as candidates are not allowed to leave the test centre before the test has finished.
You are advised to have a light meal before reporting to the test centre. No food is permitted in the test centre, unless prior permission has been granted by the LAT Office based on medical reasons, e.g. if you suffer from diabetes.
Predicting the exact temperature in each test centre is difficult, you should consider dressing in layers so that you can be comfortable, no matter what the room conditions are.
COVID-19 Safe procedures at test centres
- All candidates will be required to register and provide contact details at the test centre.
- All candidates will be required to have their temperature checked.
- You will not be admitted to the test centre if you:
- record a temperature of 37.6°C or higher;
- display symptoms of illness;
- have been tested as COVID-19 positive or are suspected to have COVID-19 and are under self-isolation orders;
- are awaiting results of the COVID-19 test;
- live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19;
- have been under quarantine within the 14 days prior to the test day;
- live in a postcode that is under Stage 3 Stay At Home restrictions.
- Test venues have been adapted to allow for comfortable spacing and will operate in compliance with COVID-19 health regulations and social distancing requirements between candidates.
- Signage will be visible around the venue to remind candidates to follow COVID-19 safe practices.
- There will be a separate entrance and exit for the respective test rooms at the main Sydney test centre. Please follow all instructions and use the correct entrance and exit for your test room.
- Hand sanitisation stations will be available at suitable locations for use by candidates.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces will be undertaken at the test centres.
- Surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between test sessions.
- Test centres will operate with strict adherence to current public health orders. Please note that registration and waiting times may be slightly longer than usual due to additional procedures that have been put in place. Please follow the instructions of test centre staff and test supervisors at all times. Failure to do so will be considered as misconduct.
- Advice regarding what you should do and expect at the test centres will be provided in the reminder email to be sent before the test date.
- Please note that test centre sessions may have to be cancelled at short notice in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. In such an event, ACER will contact and offer affected candidates a full refund or the opportunity to sit the test via remote proctoring where operationally feasible on the main test day.
Important candidate information for test centre sessions
- Do not attend your test session if you have been tested as COVID-19 positive or are suspected to have COVID-19 and are under self-isolation orders.
- Do not attend your test session if you are awaiting results of the COVID-19 test.
- Do not attend your test session if you are not feeling well or have any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
- Do not attend your test session if you have been under quarantine within the 14 days prior to the test day.
- Do not attend your test session if you live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
- You are strongly recommended to wear a face mask while attending your test session.
- Adhere to the instructions of staff at the test centres and test supervisors at all times. Failure to do so will be considered as misconduct.
- Follow all the COVID-19 social distancing markers and health regulations at the test centre.
- Practise social distancing and good personal hygiene at all times.
- If you start feeling unwell or experience the onset of any of the COVID-19 symptoms on the test day, please inform your test supervisor immediately and contact ACER on the same day by email.
- Any student affected as described above is advised to contact ACER immediately by email. You will be provided with further advice by ACER. Options may include transferring to remote proctoring where operationally feasible or getting a refund upon submission of medical evidence to ACER.
Please contact the LAT Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further queries.
ACER will continue to act on official government health advice as the situation evolves and will provide regular updates on this page.
Please refer to Sitting the LAT by Remote Proctoring for relevant information.
Late Change to Remote Proctoring for Candidates with Exceptional Personal Circumstances
Due to the COVID-19 situation, it may be possible for candidates who do not qualify for remote proctoring and have registered at either the Sydney or Canberra test centres but, for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic are unable to attend a test sitting, to sit the test via remote proctoring.
Candidates who may be eligible include those:
- with a compromised immune system or medical/health condition that precludes them from sitting the test at a test centre due to heightened risk of contracting COVID-19
- who have been tested as COVID-19 positive or are suspected to have COVID-19 and are under self-isolation orders
- who are awaiting results of the COVID-19 test
- who have been under quarantine within the 14 days prior to the test day
- live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to the test day
- live in a postcode that is under Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions
How to apply
Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. To be considered for a late change to remote proctoring you must inform ACER via email or the messages system in your ACER online account by providing a statement outlining your circumstances as well as medical or other relevant documentation. Examples of supporting documentation include:
- Medical documentation from a registered health practitioner
- Documentation to demonstrate being under quarantine or self-isolation
- Documentation to demonstrate COVID-19 test
- Statutory Declaration
Please adhere to all public health regulations while obtaining relevant documentation. You should not physically attend a place to obtain documentation if you are not supposed to do so.
If ACER approves your application to change from a test centre to remote proctoring you will be provided with instructions to undertake an equipment test at your intended test venue and to create a ProctorU account. ACER will then schedule your test session and advise you of the details.
The above process must be completed before 5pm AEST on Thursday 24 September 2020 to enable you to sit the test via remote proctoring on Tuesday 29 September 2020. If the process is completed after 5pm AEST on Thursday 24 September 2020 and before 5pm AEST on Monday 28 Sep 2020 you may be able to sit the test via remote proctoring on the alternative test day.
Candidates whose equipment and internet connection are unable to support them in sitting the test or who are unable to sit the test via remote proctoring on the designated test date and time will not be able to sit LAT 2020. Candidates who do not complete the required process by the stipulated deadline will not be able to sit LAT 2020. A refund of the test fees will be offered.