The UNSW Global Scientia Test – Objective assessment in student recruitment


This e-poster presentation will detail a new assessment developed by UNSW Global to better predict the academic performance of international students in its pathway programs. The assessment, known as the Scientia Test, uses the intellectual property underlying its International Competitions and Assessments for School (ICAS) assessments. The Scientia Test focuses on analytical and problem-solving skills and is underpinned by an international psychometric scale developed over decades in thousands of schools in Australia and internationally.

Finding students of high capability, independent of school curricula, is an important step in providing appropriate educational opportunities. The Scientia STEM Test has been refined to the point where there is an excellent predictive correlation between a student’s test result before starting classes and the academic score achieved in the program. It is now being deployed in-market, with commerce and humanities and creative arts tests under development. This suite of tests should assist many English-speaking universities to improve their student recruitment.

Take-home message:

The UNSW Global Scientia Test provides an independent, skills-based alternative to school results in student recruitment and is a strong predictor of academic performance for both domestic and international students.

Key interest area: Marketing and recruitment (M&R) 
Other key interest areas: Higher Eduction (HE), Pathways (PATH), Schools (SCH)

Dr Robert Forage


UNSW Global

Dr Robert Forage has been CEO of UNSW Global for more than nine years. During this time, Rob has crafted a strong business platform for the organisation that has enabled it to develop and flourish as a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales. Rob started his career as a botanist and biochemist in Tasmania, which took him to Oxford to complete a Doctor of Philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar, and from there to Harvard Medical School on a post-doctoral fellowship undertaking research. Returning to Australia, Rob moved into the biotech industry, commercialising innovative research and introducing new products to market. He has more than 60 scientific and business publications and was the recipient of a 2015 Universitas 21 award for sustained excellence in international education.